By The Numbers: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Surveys Hunting And Fishing Participation

Every five years the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts its National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. While the final numbers for the 2006 report won’t be out until November, here’s a look at the preliminary results. (All participants aged 16 and older)

• Current number of active sports-persons in the U.S.: 34 million
• Percentage of U.S. population made up of sportspersons: 15
• Number of anglers: 30 million
• Percentage of anglers who are freshwater fishermen: 85
• Amount spent in 2006 by anglers on fishing-related recreation: $41 billion
• Percent decrease in anglers from 2001 to 2006: 12
• Number of hunters: 12.5 million
• Percentage of hunters that pursue big game: 85
• Percentage of hunters that pursue small game: 38
• Percentage of hunters that pursue migratory birds: 18
• Amount spent in 2006 by hunters on hunting-related recreation: $23 billion
• Percent decrease in hunters from 2001 to 2006: 4
• First year this survey was conducted: 1955
• Number of households interviewed for this survey: 85,000