U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Begins Wildlife Enthusiast Survey

(Washington, DC) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts for their participation in the 11th National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. The survey begins March 27, with the first calls to 85,000 households. Individuals who choose to participate will be asked about their participation and expenditures in several categories of wildlife-associated recreation.

Results from this survey will be published beginning in 2007 in a national report and in 50 individual state reports. The 2001 survey revealed 82 million Americans enjoyed some form of wildlife-related recreation and spent more than $108 billion pursuing their activities.

"We appreciate the anglers, hunters, bird watchers and others throughout the United States who voluntarily participate in this survey," Service Director H. Dale Hall said in a recent news release. "Results from this survey help wildlife managers quantify how much Americans value -- in both participation and expenditures -- our wildlife resources."

The survey has been conducted every five years since 1955. It provides the only comprehensive statistical data available on participation and expenditures for hunting, fishing and wildlife-watching in all 50 states. Federal fish and wildlife managers consider the survey a critical tool for everyone from planners and guides to journalists and outdoor interest groups who track outdoor participation. It is paid for by the multi-state conservation grant program authorized by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act of 2001.

Preliminary survey findings will be available in the spring of 2007. Final reports will be issued beginning in the fall of 2007. When completed, they will be posted at www.fws.gov on the Web.

To see the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's news release about the survey, click here.