Responsive Management, a public opinion research organization specializing in survey research on natural resource and outdoor recreation issues, focused on recent showing a nine percent increase in hunter participation among Americans nationwide from 2006 to 2011.Just to pick a few numbers, Colorado resident hunting-license sales are up 14 percent since 2006 but New Mexico are down 3 percent. Illinois, however, saw a 78-percent increase in those years — one of the larger increases. In many cases, these numbers represent an upturn after several years of declines. So it is not a complete turnaround by any means.
The study pinpoints 10 major reasons for the increases:
• The economic recession
• Higher incomes among some segments of the population
• Hunting for meat and the locavore movement
• Agency recruitment and retention programs
• Agency access programs
• Agency marketing and changes in licenses
• Current hunters and anglers participating more often
• Returning military personnel
• Re-engagement of lapsed hunters
• New hunters and anglers including female, suburban and young participants
Interestingly, the top major influence to go hunting listed by respondents (68 percent of them) was "Interest in hunting as a local, natural, or green food."
Read the complete survey (PDF).