Despite the rough economy, spending by Georgians on outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching increased since the last comprehensive survey was conducted back in 2006.
The average amount of hunter expenditures increased by nearly one thousand dollars per participant wit the average number of days spent hunting up thirty-five percent.
However, the number of anglers did not increase, but the economic effect of what angles spent increased by more that two hundred million dollars.
Completed every five years by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Census Bureau, the survey has become one of the most important sources of information on fish and wildlife recreation in Georgia and in the United States.
According to the survey, more than 3.6 million Georgians 16-years-old and older participated in some form of wildlife-related recreation in 2011, with the largest increase coming in wildlife watching activities.