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Angler numbers up, hunter numbers down, survey says

Sep 18, 2017 11:38AM ● By Editor
This image of white-winged scoters, painted by Shakopee, Minn., artist Mark Thone, will be featured on the 2018 Minnesota migratory waterfowl stamp. DNR photo

By Sam Cook from the Duluth News Tribune on Sep 16, 2017

The number of anglers in America has increased 8 percent since 2011, but the number of hunters has dropped by about 2 million participants to around 11.5 million, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The news is part of a survey conducted about every five years by the agency.

Angling participation increased from 33.1 million anglers in 2011 to 35.8 million in 2016, according to the report.

The survey showed that the most substantial increases in outdoor participation involve wildlife-watching — observing and photographing wildlife. The report indicates these activities increased 20 percent from 2011 to 2016, from 71.8 million to 86 million participants. 

Expenditures by wildlife watchers also rose sharply — 28 percent — between 2011 and 2016, from $59.1 billion to $75.9 billion.

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