Hunting & Wildlife Viewing - Statistics & Facts
Statistics and facts on Hunting & Wildlife Viewing
People across the globe have been hunting since prehistoric times – paleontologists say there is evidence to suggest the practice was carried out in some parts of the world around two million years ago, long before the evolution of Homo sapiens. Back then, hunting was necessary for survival. Today, however, hunting has developed into a sport and a form of recreation in western cultures. In 2013, almost 14 million people participated in hunting in the United States. In the U.S., hunting is generally regulated on a state-by-state basis but all protected species hunters country-wide are required to hold a hunting license. There were 14.63 million paid hunting license holders in the U.S. in 2013.
Wildlife viewing, while not as historical, is an even more popular form of outdoor recreation in the U.S. It involves observing nature in its natural habitat and might include such activities as bird watching, safaris and scuba diving. In 2013, there were more than 21 million U.S. participants in wildlife viewing and it was one of America’s most popular outdoor activities in terms of the average number of annual outings per participant.
Both hunting and wildlife viewing often come at a cost. In 2013, wildlife viewing equipment sales totaled 10.7 billion U.S. dollars and hunting equipment sales reached almost nine billion. As well as buying firearms, for which they shelled out more than six billion U.S. dollars in 2013, hunters may also have to pay for a license to participate. That year, the gross cost of hunting licenses in the U.S. amounted to 790 million U.S. dollars.
- Consumer sports equipment sales in the U.S. 2013, by product categoryConsumer sports equipment sales in the U.S. 2013, by product category
Total volume of consumer sports equipment sales by sports category in the U.S. in 2013 (in million U.S. dollars)*
- Number of hunters in the USA, 2014Number of hunters in the USA, 2014
Number of hunters: Number of people who went hunting within the last 12 months in the United States (USA) from spring 2008 to spring 2014 (in millions)
- Number of participants in birdwatching in the U.S. from 2006 to 2013Number of participants in birdwatching in the U.S. from 2006 to 2013
Number of participants in birdwatching in the United States from 2006 to 2013 (in millions)*
- Revenue of hunting & trapping in the U.S., 2009-2014Revenue of hunting & trapping in the U.S., 2009-2014
Revenue of hunting & trapping (NAICS 11421) in the United States from 2009 to 2014 (in million U.S. dollars)
- Consumer spending on hunting and firearms equipment in the U.S. in 2013, by categoryConsumer spending on hunting and firearms equipment in the U.S. in 2013, by category
Consumer spending on hunting and firearms equipment in the United States in 2013, by category (in billion U.S. dollars)
- Wildlife-related recreation spending in the United States 2011, by categoryWildlife-related recreation spending in the United States 2011, by category
- Most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. in 2013, by frequency of participationMost popular outdoor activities in the U.S. in 2013, by frequency of participation
- Number of participants in wildlife viewing in the U.S. from 2006 to 2013Number of participants in wildlife viewing in the U.S. from 2006 to 2013