Hunting Facts

With body temperatures ranging from 100 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit, birds are generally more capable than mammals of withstanding bitter cold. Source: Ducks Unlimited Jan/Feb 2001

Hunting license sales were up in 1999 for the first time in years, when 15,143,375 licenses were purchased, up from 14,891,855 in 1998. Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Shotguns fire tighter patterns as air density decreases at higher altitudes. In a vacuum, loads fired through a cylinder bore would provide a 100 percent pattern at 40 yards. Source: Ducks Unlimited

In 1996, 11.3 million people hunted big game such as deer or elk; 6.9 million hunted small game such as rabbits or squirrels; 3.1 million hunted migratory birds such as doves or waterfowl; and 1.5 million hunted other animals such as woodchucks and raccoons. Source:U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Two of the considerations used when establishing a deer management plan are Biological Carrying Capacity (BCC) and Cultural Carrying Capacity (CCC).

In 1996, nearly 77 million Americans 16 years old and older participated in fishing, hunting, and wildlife observation, feeding and photography. This represents 38% of the U.S. population 16 years old and older. They spent over $100 billion on their activities. Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service .

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