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Freshwater Anglers Spend Big on Their Sport

It’s no surprise to anyone in the outdoors industry that spending on sportfishing makes a sizable impact on the U.S. economy. We recently summarized a report from the American Sportfishing Association that shows anglers spent $49.8 billion on fishing gear and trips in 2016. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how freshwater anglers, the largest sector in recreational fishing spend their money, and then we’ll follow it up with a similar report on saltwater anglers’ spending.

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Spending on Sportfishing Continues Positive Upward Trend

When it comes to outdoor recreation, fishing in America is second in popularity only to jogging. With more than 49 million annual participants, fishing has a remarkable and positive impact on the economy.

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Economic Impact of Migratory and Upland Bird Hunting

To help put the huge influence of hunter spending in perspective, we recently looked at the overall impact on the U.S. economy, and then followed up with a deer-hunting summary. For our final installment on this topic, let’s take a closer look at the often-unreported impact that migratory and upland bird hunters make on the economy.

 

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Rising Demand for Trail Cameras Continues

Trail cameras are no longer just the domain of hunters. Their reach has broadened, including growing use in private and public wildlife monitoring and management as well as surveillance for business, commercial buildings, farms and home security.

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Who is Today’s Rifle Hunter?

If there’s one almost-universal commonality that ties hunters together, it’s the fact that most of them participate in some form of rifle hunting. About 18 million U.S. hunters take to the woods each season with rifle in hand. There is little doubt that the pursuit of America’s No. 1 big-game animal, the whitetail deer, is what drives this number.

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Deer are No. 1 Driver of Hunter Spending

In the recently released report, the 2018 edition of Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation*, referenced in our first post on this topic, the scope of deer hunting’s popularity is neatly summarized. You might be amazed at the numbers presented, even if you are part of the industry that provides goods or services to deer hunters, or if you’re a deer hunter yourself. A few items of interest to help you put things in perspective:

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