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Editorial: Why Hunt and Fish

Editorial: Why do you hunt/fish where you do?

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Dec 12, 2018

A recent survey was conducted about what comes into play when hunters and fishermen choose a place to hunt or fish. Some of the answers are obvious, but others are surprising.

At the top of that hunter list is the availability and abundance of game hunted. In a question that allowed for multiple answers, 48 percent of those surveyed said this was a critical factor in their decision. Not surprisingly, hunters want to hunt where they feel they have a better chance for success.


Here’s how the hunting survey turned out:


— Past hunting success on that property (32 percent)


— Location provides access to private land (27 percent)


— Land allows for public access (13 percent)


— Location is recommended by a friend or family member (13 percent)


— The size of the property (12 percent)


— How much it costs to hunt there (12 percent)


Recreational anglers cite a lot of reasons for choosing their favorite locations to fish, but one thing was that it better be close to home. AnglerSurvey.com recently polled anglers on what was most important to them when choosing a place to cast a line and found that nearly 60 percent of them placed proximity to home as a key factor.


Here’s how the results of the fishing survey turned out:


— Past fishing success (47 percent),


— Having a quiet place to fish (45 percent)


— Availability of fish, particularly those they are seeking to catch (44 percent)


Fishing is an activity that can be enjoyed for an hour or two before or after work or school or when there is a little down time in a person’s life, so convenience and the ability to run out, fish and get back home are first and foremost in many anglers’ minds,” said Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, which designs and conducts the surveys at HunterSurvey.com, ShooterSurvey.com and AnglerSurvey.com.


To help continually improve, protect and advance hunting, shooting and other outdoor recreation, all sportsmen and sportswomen are encouraged to participate in the bi-monthly surveys at HunterSurvey.com, ShooterSurvey.com and/or AnglerSurvey.com.


Every other month, participants who complete the surveys are entered into a drawing for one of five $100 gift certificates to the sporting goods retailer of their choice. More importantly, the rest of us can get some ideas about where we want to hunt and fish.


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