Results Show International Destinations Are Popular With Hunters Results Show International Destinations Are Popular With Hunters

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla.—-( A new survey estimates nearly 700,000 sportsmen and women will hunt outside of the United States in the next two years, which is welcome news to the international community., conducted by Southwick Associates, showed 2.6 percent of this country’s 12 million hunters will hunt outside the U.S in the next year while 5.7 percent plan to do so in the next two years.

More than a half million people, or 4.5 percent of respondents, hunted outside of the U.S during the last three years. The most popular destination was Canada, with 46.9 percent of respondents reporting they had visited that destination. Nearly 23 percent of respondents traveled to Africa during the last three years, making it the second most popular international destination. Other popular places to hunt outside the U.S. included Mexico (9 percent), South America (7.6 percent), Europe (5.5 percent) and Australia (5.5 percent).

The survey also revealed what international travel barriers hunters cited as most significant. Cost of international travel ranked number one with 41 percent of survey respondents agreeing it is a barrier. Regulation of firearms and ammunition transportation was number two with 33.2 percent of respondents considering it a barrier.

Hunters spend big bucks when they travel outside the U.S., which is an important source of revenue for the international community, especially developing nations. On average hunters spend $6,718 outside of the U.S. on international hunting trips. This indicates U.S. hunters distributed $3.6 billion to other nations during the past three years. Survey results also show 29 percent of hunters spent $2,001 to $5,000 while 27.6 percent reported expenditures totaling between $5,001 and $10,000. More than 24 percent hunted outside the U.S. for less than $2,000 while 19 percent spent more than $10,000.

Those who hunt, fish and target shoot are invited to participate in and By completing the survey, you will be entered in a monthly drawing for one of five $100 gift certificates to the sporting goods retailer of your choice.

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Launched in 2006, and help the outdoor equipment industry, government fisheries and wildlife officials, and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends. The information above represents only a small sample of the vast amount of data that is available from the complete survey results. The results are scientifically analyzed to reflect all U.S. anglers.

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