A recent study conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation indicates that a day spent hunting can cost less than other outdoor activities, including a typical round of golf or a day at a major league baseball game.
The average cost of a day of turkey hunting, including licenses, tags, and ammunition, is $37.54—considerably less than the average cost of a day of golfing ($72.54) or tickets, parking, and refreshments at the baseball stadium ($57.45). Plus, you can hunt for, say, ten days on the same license, while ten movies at the average theater can cost upwards of $185.
“There’s a misperception about hunting being a very expensive pastime,” said Jim Curcuruto, NSSF Director of Industry Research and Analysis. “It can be in some circumstances, but for the most part hunting compares very favorably with the costs of other popular activities.” The study also investigates resident and non-resident license and tag costs, numbers of species available to hunt, available hunting days, and legal firearm usage by state.
The full report is available to NSSF members at nssf.org/research.