In 2011, there were a lot more.
This, in a nutshell, is the conclusion of the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation, the final report of which was recently released by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
The FWS has conducted the survey every five years since 1955. It is considered one of the most significant sources of national data regarding hunting, fishing and other forms of wildlife-related recreation. For instance, the final report notes that in 2011, more than 90 million U.S. residents aged 16 and older engaged in some form of wildlife-related recreation. This marked a 3 percent increase over 2006.
The hook-and-bullet sports show no signs of decline. Almost all of the increase was attributed to hunters and anglers. By the numbers: 33.9 million in 2006 compared to 37.4 million in 2011. According to the FWS data, 33.1 million people fished in 2011 while 13.7 million hunted.
For the complete article, see the Dec. 27 edition of the Kingsport Times-News