New year, new survey.
Pacific Standard reports
on the characteristics of America's hunting class, taken from a survey commissioned by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The standout finding is that the amount of hunting going on lately is a sharp reversal from a downward trend over the last two decades (a claim that would seem, at first glance, to contradict this
From 1991 to 2006, hunting participation had dropped 11 percent and the number of hunting days had not significantly changed. The 9 percent participant and 28 percent day increases puts the 2011 hunting status on par with that of 1991 hunting, the high point of hunting in the last twenty years.
Other hunting facts gleaned from the survey: hunters are overwhelmingly white; roughly 8 times as many men hunt than women; the likelihood of hunting increases with age until 65, when it begins to decline; and finally, it's all a comfortably upper-middle class activity, contrary to certain stereotypes.
"Americans are more likely to hunt as their income rises, up to the six-figure mark, where it starts to decline," writes PS
' Michael Todd. "The lowest rates are among those making less than $20,000 a year."
What are the most popular game? Turkey, elk, bear and deer, Todd tells us, with minor game such as squirrels and rabbits, as well as migratory birds, almost as juicy a target.
Via Pacific Standard