Hunting and Fishing Gaining In Popularity
The number of people of hunt and fish had been declining over the past few decades but apparently that is no longer the case. The Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation found that hunters nationwide increased by 9 percent while anglers grew by 11 percent. This is seen as good news for certain sectors of the economy.
“Seeing more people fishing, hunting, and getting outdoors is great news for America’s economy and conservation heritage,” said Salazar. “Outdoor recreation and tourism are huge economic engines for local communities and the country, so it is vital that we continue to support policies and investments that help Americans get outside, learn to fish, or go hunting.
I admit that I’ve never gone hunting and it’s been more than a few years since I cast a line but the increase in the number of people getting out for some fresh air following these pursuits can only be seen as positive.