Today's post includes information about how many people hunt in America, and what the demographic profile of that group is. These statistics are taken from the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Total. According to the FWS, during 2011 there were 13,683,000 Americans who hunted, amounting to 5.7% of the American population aged 16 and over.
Urban/Rural. Of these 7,877,000, or 57% of all hunters, were from rural areas. Thirteen percent of rural residents hunt, but only 3% of urban residents. Hunters from rural areas hunted more days per year than persons from urban areas. Rural residents hunted a total of 183,986,000 days (an average of 23 days apiece), while urban residents hunted 97,899 days (an average of 17 days per year).
Region. Hunting is far more common in certain areas of the United States. In the Pacific region of the country only 3% of Americans are hunters, while in the Southeast 11% of people hunt.
Gender. Hunting is strongly correlated with gender. 12,507,000 hunters (89% of all hunters) are male. 408,000 (11%) are female. Eleven percent of all males hunt, compared to 1% of females.
Age. The percentage of hunters varies little by age. The most common age group are persons 55-64 (7% of all persons in that age group).
Income. One might expect that poor people would be more likely to hunt than wealthier people, but this is incorrect; in fact, the reverse is true. Only 3% of persons earning less than $20,000 annually are hunters, compared to 8% of persons earning between $50,000 and $100,000.
Ethnicity and race. Hunting is largely engaged in by non-Hispanic whites. Ninety-four percent of hunters are white. Only 2% of hunters are Hispanic, another 2% are African-American, and a tiny proportion are Asian-American.
Wildlife Watchers. During 2011 71,876,000 Americans engaged in wildlife watching- almost five times the number of hunters.