Spending On Different Types of Hunting
In 2016, when there were roughly 11.5 million hunters in the United States, those hunters spent $26.2 billion on hunting. Hunters spend their hard-earned money on several different types of hunting. They include big game, small game, migratory birds, non-specific spending, and other animal spending. Each of these takes a piece of the pie when it comes to spending on hunting.
Unsurprisingly, big game’s spending accounted for 56.9% of all spending in 2016. The next largest piece of the pie comes from non-specific spending for hunting, meaning that money was spent on hunting, but it was not determined which kind of animal or type of hunting was being spent on. This accounted for 24.8% of spending.
The remaining 18.3% is divided between small game, migratory birds, and other animals. The biggest of the three is migratory bird spending at 8.8%. Small game includes hunting for upland animals such as rabbits, squirrels, pheasants, quail, grouse, and others. Other animals include raccoons, feral hogs, and other uncategorized animals across the United States.
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Breakdown of Hunting Spending
According to the Fish and Wildlife Organization and their 2018 edition of Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation, hunters spent 27.1 billion dollars on hunting. This includes everything from gear and equipment to travel and food expenses. Let’s look at the most important areas of expenditure for hunting.