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Old 06-21-2012, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I've always thought of Minnesota as THE STATE where hunting and fishing are popular. Deer season is an excused absence for students, and many use it to go up to the hunting shack with there elder relative and sit on a tree stand with a loaded rifle waiting for a deer to come by. Fishing opener is also a big holiday, and many Minnesotans of all economic standings own boats. I've even seen several boats in trailer parks. We have the highest per-capita boat ownership in the nation, if I recall correctly.

How popular is getting dressed in orange for hunting or going out on the boat for fishing in YOUR state?
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh (via Chicago, via Pittsburgh)
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it was very popular in Pittsburgh/Metro area. Chicago not so much, but I'm sure in the outer suburbs of Chicago it is popular as well.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:07 PM
 
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it was very popular in Pittsburgh/Metro area. Chicago not so much, but I'm sure in the outer suburbs of Chicago it is popular as well.
When I was a kid my dad took us up to Wisconsin to go deer hunting. It was really big there. Personally,I never liked hunting that much. Not because of animal rights. As a kid I hated getting up at 5 Am on a Saturday.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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In the rural areas of FL, hunting and fishing is a VERY big deal.
Where I come from in MO, its also a very big deal.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:38 PM
 
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Truth is, hunting in particular isn't as big of a deal anywhere as it was in the 1940's and 50's. Back then, there was a great deal of concern that America's rising population would lead to the elimination of prey species due to the number of hunters who would be culling them.

But then, the percentage of people who go hunting in any given year began to drop, and it has fallen to what are surely unprecedentedly-low levels in the nation's history. I think the US Fish and Wildlife Service estimated a few years ago that the raw number of people who hunt each year in the US is around 15 million (out of a population of 312 million). That may actually be lower than the raw numbers from way back in 1950, when the US population was only 151 million.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:03 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Still huge here in my neck of the woods. Opening day of deer season is a day off of school, fishing is huge as well. There are tons of charter boats who call Ludington, MI home not to mention just about everyone in this area has at least one boat, some more (I have 3 with plans to build 4 more over the summer for the kids to each have one to take fishing and not borrow one of mine). Last field trip of the year for the Elementary school kids here was a fishing trip. Picture around 100 kids at a time (each grade level went a different day) with poles and hooks fishing the banks of a lake and river... yeah, it was cool.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Well...

They call Louisiana "Sportsman's Paradise" for a reason.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: USA
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This^. Hunting and fishing are extremely popular here in Louisiana. Every corner of the state people anticipate deer season in the fall as much or more than football.
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Extremely. People here hunt and fish mostly to fill their freezers, rather than just for sport or a hobby. Even leaving aside the importance of the fishing industry to state and local economies, personal-use fishing just about borders on obsession. Most of the guys I work with are out on the water at least every weekend, and check their shrimp pots nearly every night during the early summer. Most of the town's summer events are associated with salmon or halibut fishing as well. Hunting is ridiculously popular as well, and during moose season (easily the most popular game animal) at least every other vehicle on the road is towing 4-wheelers for hunting.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:05 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Lexington KY hardly anyone fishes or hunts. People here have this bizarre hatred of all things country. It's like they are ashamed of the rest of the state and try to distance themselves from the rural stereotypes as much as possible. Not in the surrounding counties the percent of people engaging those activities goes up a bunch and by the time your 45+ miles away from the city people thing your strange if you're a guy and don't hunt or fish
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