U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey results measure the extent of outdoor recreation

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey results measure the extent of outdoor recreation

Bird and wildlife photographers gather April 30 to view and record colorful tanagers at Sheridan Park in Cudahy.  Nearly 57% of Americans ages 16 or older participated in wildlife viewing in 2022, according to a national survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

How big is outdoor recreation in the United States?

Every five years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts a survey to help measure outdoor activity in the country.

The latest data was recently released in the 2022 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.

Last year, Americans over the age of 16 took 1.7 billion trips to view wildlife, fish, boat, target shoot and hunt, spending an estimated $394 billion on equipment, travel, licenses and fees.

The report was issued by the USFWS and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

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