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Media Consumption Among Hunters and Shooters



To put some context to this topic, let’s take a look at the most recently available results from Southwick Associates’ Media Monitor. Southwick issues its Media Usage Statistics for Anglers, Hunters, and Shooters, quarterly, and the following information is from the most recently available report for Second Quarter 2016.


The report analyzes the results from nearly 4,000 responses to an email invitation to registered participants at ShooterSurvey.com®, HunterSurvey.com® and AnglerSurvey.com®. Response data is paired with previous response data to match hunting, shooting and fishing activities and purchases in the last year with media consumption habits.


 To overcome biases common to online surveys, the respondents are weighted to reflect the true population of U.S. anglers, shooters and hunters based on their activities, avidity, age, income, geography and more. 


Age of respondents to the most recent quarterly hunting/shooting survey were as follows:

18 to 24           1.2%

25 to 34           15.3%

35 to 44           17.5%

45 to 54           35.1%

55 to 64           17.9%

65+                  13.0%


As mentioned earlier and as illustrated below, websites and magazines ruled the day in the second quarter as information sources for hunters and shooters, with 62.3% and 65.2%, respectively. 

media consumption among hunters and shooters 2016 | Realtree B2B

The following chart gives a more complete picture of how hunters and shooters use media. With few exceptions, the third and fourth quarters generate more viewership and readership among magazines, websites and TV. This is presumed to be because that’s when most hunting seasons are in and the interest/need for information is top of mind. 


media consumption among hunters and shooters 2016 y Quarter | Realtree B2B


The NRA’s American Rifleman publication was tops in terms of readership, with 27.1% of respondents saying they had read the magazine, followed closely by Field & Stream at 24.5%.


For top television programming among hunters, Realtree’s very own Realtree Outdoors and Realtree’s Monster Bucks, along with the Realtree-sponsored shows, Bone Collector and The Crush with Lee & Tiffany, all rank in the top 15.


Among websites, Cabela’s was the most-referenced site, with 34.8% of respondents who hunted visiting in the second quater, followed by “Fish/Wildlife Agency for my State” at 28.9%. Among social media sites, Facebook led with 25.8%, followed by YouTube (20.1%), Google+ (7.5%), Instagram (4.8%), Twitter (3.7%), and Pinterst (3%).


Editor’s Note: Check back soon when we break down the Southwick report on anglers’ media preferences.