U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation

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During 2011 and 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be conducting the 12th National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.

American hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts will be asked to participate in interviews. The survey, which has been conducted every five years since 1955, will involve 53,000 households.

The survey is funded by the Multistate Conservation Grant Program authorized by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act of 2000. The survey provides the only comprehensive statistical database available on participation and expenditures for hunting, fishing and wildlife-watching in all 50 states.

The information is collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, primarily through telephone interviews to be conducted April to June and September to October in 2011, and January to March in 2012.

Respondents will be asked about their participation and expenditures in several categories of wildlife-associated recreation. The results will be available in a national report and in 50 individual state reports.

The survey hopes to include 19,000 anglers and hunters and 10,000 wildlife watchers (wildlife photographers, feeders, and observers). The reports, when completed, will be published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more information, visit www.fws.gov