A detailed report showing the breakdown by regions across the U.S. on numbers of hunters, fishermen and wildlife watchers has been released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That report is available by following this link. (This is a large pdf file and dial-up users may see some difficulty downloading.)

One aspect of this report that needs to be reported is that the numbers shown in this report are for numbers of participants for the years stated – 1996, 2001 and 2006. Any upward or downward trend in numbers from one reporting year to the next reflect only those reporting years. In other words, those surveyed answered questions as they pertained to that specific year. Some people may or may not have hunted, fished or viewed wildlife last year and that may differ from previous years. It is not intended to show yearly trends since 1996.

I am still studying the report but I felt that readers may find it interesting.

Tom Remington