2011 USFWS Report on Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Recreation


Providing assistance with market based conservation.

According to the 2011 National Survey’s first preliminary report,

In 2011 90.1 million Americans, 38% of the U.S. population 16 years old and older, enjoyed some form of
fishing, hunting or wildlife-associated recreation. Outdoor recreation is a huge contributor to our nation’s economy.
Expenditures by hunters, anglers and wildlife-recreationists were $145.0 billion.

This equates to 1% of gross domestic product; meaning one out of every one hundred dollars of all goods and services produced in the U.S. is due to wildlife related recreation. Almost 37.4 million Americans participated in fishing, hunting or both sports in 2011.

These sportsmen and women spent $43.2 billion on equipment, $32.2 billion on trips, and $14.6 billion on licenses and fees, membership dues and contributions, land leasing and ownership, and plantings for hunting. On average, each sportsperson spent $2,407 in 2011.

They spent over $145 billion pursuing their recreational activities, contributing to millions of jobs in industries and businesses that support wildlife-related recreation.

Funds generated by licenses and taxes on hunting and fishing equipment pay for many of the conservation efforts in this country and provide many hours of fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching.

2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation State Overview
Issued September 2012 http://library.fws.gov/Pubs/natsurvey2011-prelim-state.pdf

The reports/data are organized by survey year and are available for download, 2011 Reports, 2006 Reports, 2001 Reports, 1996 Reports, and 1991 Reports. The 2011 National Survey reports will be available only in a pdf format and not printed. They will be posted on our website as they become available.

Source: http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/subpages/nationalsurvey/National_Survey.htm

Additional Data on Texas Travel

  • Travel & Tourism Spending: ($63.2 billion in 2011), increased by 10% from 2010 to 2011.
  • Jobs: Travel-generated employment (545,300 jobs in 2011) increased 2.8% in Texas from 2010 to 2011.
  • Demand: According to Source Strategies Inc., room demand in Texas increased by 9.0 percent from 2010 to 2011. Visitor air arrivals on domestic flights increased by 2.7 percent. This follows increases of 6.3% and 3.8%, respectively, for the (2009-10) period. Source: http://www.deanrunyan.com/doc_library/TXImp.pdf

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Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist with Texas Agrilife Extension Service. Assisting and Consulting with Landowners, Tourism Businesses, and Communities on Utilization, Growth Marketing, Conservation and Training related to natural resource based tourism.
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