September 28th, 2022
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Over 30 million Americans participated in target shooting or hunting last year. Notably, there is greater diversity among hunters and target shooters than ever before. In 2021, 32% of target shooters were female, up from 25% a decade ago. And the share of Black or Hispanic target shooters has been increasing 5% and 4% respectively per year.
This interesting information was revealed in a new report released by the Outdoor Foundation and the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports. According to that report, the user diversity of hunting and target shooting participation increased significantly in the USA over the past decade.
The 2022 Special Report on Hunting and the Shooting Sports provides a comprehensive look at the more than 30 million Americans who participated at least once in hunting (gun or archery) or target shooting in 2021. Highlights from the new report include:
Firearms Target Shooting Participation:
— 6.2% of the U.S. population ages 6 and over participated in target shooting
— 32% of participants were female, up from 25% a decade ago
— Share of target shooters who were Black or Hispanic increased 5% and 4%, respectively, on average for the past 3 years
— “High cost” was the number one barrier reported for target shooting
— “For recreation” was the number one motivation for target shooting
— 4.6% of the U.S. population ages 6 and over went hunting at least once
— 27% of participants were female, up from 16% a decade ago
— Share of hunters who were Black or Hispanic increased 4% and 1%, respectively, on average for the past 3 years
— 68% of hunters were introduced to hunting by a family members
— 49% of hunters first participated before reaching the age of 18
— “For food/meat” was the number one motivation for hunting