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Pondering U.S. Waterfowl Hunting Numbers

Waterfowl hunting numbers today are a paradox. While the duck population was estimated at an extremely healthy 49.1 million birds in 2016, the number of duck hunters has plummeted during the past several decades.

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Fishing Participation and Spending Stronger Than Ever

In connection with the exciting news that Realtree Fishing has been named the exclusive camouflage pattern of Fishing League Worldwide, and the official camouflage of Coastal Conservation Association Florida, this would be a good time to take a refreshed look at the impact and influence of angling on the U.S. economy.

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Youth Participation is Significant Part of Outdoor Industry

Recently updated numbers on youth participation in shooting and hunting emphasize the significant influence that 7- to 17-year-olds have on the future of the outdoor industry.

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Hunting Expenditures Add Up to Huge Economic Impact

In an earlier blog, we looked at the huge positive financial impact sportsmen and women make through license fees ($853 million in 2015) and excise taxes on firearms and ammo purchases ($866 million in 2016). While those are some big numbers, they are only a fraction of what hunters spend on their sport altogether. To gauge the comprehensive economic impact of hunting, here’s a detailed look at the whole picture.

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The Most Important Reason for Hunting

New research indicates that American hunters are returning to their roots and going afield mostly as a means to acquire meat.

 

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Camping is More Popular than Ever

More than 45 million Americans went camping at least once in the 12 months before spring 2015, according to Statista. This is an increase of nearly 3 million participants as compared to 2008. The average camper went camping almost 15 days (14.9 days on average) in 2013, and most are active campers year after year. Check out infographic...

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