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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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Impact of Hunting on the U.S. Economy

If you had to pick one thing, and only one thing, that all hunters have in common, what would it be? Because the hunting community comprises participants of all ages and from many different social backgrounds, and because their motivations to hunt can vary widely, this might seem like an impossible challenge. But don’t overthink it. Because the answer is very simple: They all spend money!

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Top Sporting Goods Retailers for 2017

In January 2017, we reported that Walmart led the field of U.S. sporting goods retailers in 2015. The giant had revenues from sporting goods sales alone of nearly $10 billion. While Dick's Sporting Goods and Academy Sports + Outdoors enjoyed second and third place in total sporting goods sales.

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Top 10 States With the Highest number of Deer Hunters

White-tailed deer are the most popular game animal in the United States. More than 10 million Americans hunted whitetails in 2016-2017, based on data from Quality Deer Management Association's (QDMA) Whitetail Report 2018*.

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3 Trends Among Urban Hunters Will Surprise You

I recently shared the top 3 trends of today’s ethnically diverse hunting population, as identified in a recent study of American hunters. Now let me share another interesting trend: hunters who live and work closer to metropolitan areas.

 

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