Columbus, OH –-(Ammoland.com)- Over the past seven years, Americans have shown a steady increase in hunting and fishing participation and a recent study initiated by the survey research team, Responsive Management, has revealed the top 10 reasons behind the growth.
Responsive Management, a group specializing in survey research on natural resource and outdoor recreation, initiated a project in 2011 with the American Sportfishing Association, Southwick Associates, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to identify the factors related to the increase in hunting and fishing participation.
Through the use of a Multi-State Conservation Grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the overall data revealed that hunting and fishing participation increased between 2006 and 2011 not because of a single major reason, but because of a combination of factors.
The project found that increased hunting and fishing participation are due to:
- 1) Economic recession
- 2) Higher incomes among some segments of the population
- 3) Hunting for meat and the locavore movement
- 4) Agency recruitment and retention programs
- 5) Agency access programs
- 6) Agency marketing and changes in licenses
- 7) Current hunters and anglers participating more often
- 8) Returning military personnel
- 9) Re-engagement of lapsed hunters and anglers
- 10) New hunters and anglers, including female, suburban and young participants
Researchers collected data from multiple stakeholder sources, accounting for perspectives ranging from agency professionals to hunters and anglers themselves. The study also included research examining past hunting and fishing participation, personal interviews and a survey with fish and wildlife personnel, a multivariate analysis of national hunting and fishing license sales data, and a scientific survey of hunters and anglers in the states with the most notable increase in participation between 2006 and 2011.
For the complete breakdown of each factor related to the increase of hunting and fishing participation, click here.
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