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Bowhunting is an important aspect of life for many Americans. A 2011 survey funded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service discovered the following facts.

  • More than 13 million Americans hunt, which represents about 6% of the population.
  • Thirty-three percent of hunters report that they have hunted with a bow.
  • Bowhunting continues to grow in popularity, especially in recent years.
  • From the 2012 “Archery Participation Among Adult United States Residents” survey funded by the Archery Trade Association and conducted by Responsive Management, the average age of adult bowhunters in the U.S. is 37.
Why do you hunt with a bow?
When asked this question in a national survey, hunters gave the following responses:
58% Challenge
24% Lengthened season
13% Less crowded
11% Earlier start
6% Change of pace
6% Other reasons
4% Peace and quiet
3% Fun
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