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NUMBER OF HUNTERS, FISHERMEN STEADY; LICENSE REVENUES INCREASE SLIGHTLY

NUMBER OF HUNTERS, FISHERMEN STEADY; LICENSE REVENUES INCREASE SLIGHTLY
 /REPEATING TO FIX GARBLE IN TABLES/
 ATLANTA, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The total number of fishermen and hunters who purchased licenses, stamps and other permits remained stable in 1991, but overall revenue climbed 4 percent to $813 million from $784 million because sales increased.
 The money raised through license sales and other fees is used by state wildlife agencies to support wildlife conservation projects and hunting and fishing safety and education programs.
 While announcing last year's totals, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director John Turner hailed hunters' and anglers' long-term support of funding wildlife conservation and management efforts. "The nearly 50 million people who hunted and fished last year did more than just have a good time," Turner said. "They also contributed millions of dollars to enjoyment of the great outdoors for all Americans."
 Last year, the number of hunters who bought licenses dropped to 15,718,865 from 15,806,864 in 1990, while the number of fishermen who bought licenses rose to 30,742,212 from 30,731,821 in 1990.
 While there were fewer hunters, those who did hunt bought more licenses and permits. Last year, hunters purchased 34,089,293 licenses and associated permits, up from the 29,747,175 bought in 1990. Most states require separate stamps for many species, and hunters bought more of these stamps last year. Revenue raised from these sales was $438,523,280 compared with $421,984,404 in 1990.
 Fishermen purchased 36,990,358 licenses, tags, permits and stamps, a slight increase from the 36,891,444 bought in 1990. Revenue rose to $374,928,594 in 1991, up from $362,781,317 in 1990.
 License sales figures are compiled annually by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from information submitted by state fish and wildlife agencies. State funding through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration programs, both administered by the service, is apportioned in part by the number of paid fishing and hunting license holders in each state.
 The service supports hunting and fishing as recreational activity. Controlled hunting is allowed on more than 250 of the 478 National Wildlife Refuges managed by the service. "Fisheries USA" is a widely successful program to promote fishing, especially on service lands. The program ensures recreational fisheries receive full consideration as part of water resource projects, restores depleted or declining fisheries, promotes access to previously unavailable fishing, and educates anglers on fishing techniques and ethics.
 Both hunting and fishing have been included as activities in Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan's "Enjoy Outdoors America" initiative to improve outdoor recreational opportunities on federal lands.
 A state-by-state breakdown of 1991 hunting and fishing license sales figures follows.
 U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
 Division of Federal Aid
 Number of Paid Fishing License Holders, License Sales
 And Cost to Anglers
 Fiscal Year 1991
 STATE Pd. Fishing Res. Fish. Nonres. Total Fish. Gross Cost
 License Lic., Tags, Fish Lics. Lics., Tags, to Fishermen
 Holders(a) Permits & Tags, Permits &
 Stamps Permits & Stamps(b)
 Stamps
 Ala. 517,071 412,944 111,132 524,076 $ 4,836,791
 Alaska 354,209 184,826 181,196 366,022 5,922,100
 Ariz. 417,222 399,404 145,108 544,512 6,144,529
 Ark. 682,201 652,094 158,000 810,094 7,383,084
 Calif. 1,922,882 2,803,433 19,514 2,822,947 38,608,832
 Colo. 719,125 502,653 349,587 852,240 9,623,819
 Conn. 222,655 214,292 8,363 222,655 1,677,949
 Del. 26,623 28,452 5,301 33,753 271,504
 Fla. 1,001,727 1,034,004 424,234 1,458,238 20,735,451
 Ga. 693,704 770,796 60,332 831,128 5,833,448
 Hawaii 8,926 8,827 375 9,202 30,352
 Idaho 388,229 268,610 155,058 423,668 5,079,277
 Ill. 834,170 917,652 42,252 959,904 6,195,137
 Ind. 639,173 597,055 99,792 696,847 5,988,250
 Iowa 406,872 387,917 46,817 434,734 3,514,889
 Kansas 307,274 262,229 45,045 307,274 2,996,362
 Kent. 624,257 557,929 128,229 686,158 5,405,338
 Louis. 585,495 535,468 50,027 585,495 4,748,530
 Maine 298,343 203,021 114,171 317,192 6,413,143
 Md. 741,087 473,627 51,843 525,470 3,640,010
 Mass. 275,895 284,418 13,408 297,826 3,221,801
 Mich. 1,564,494 1,478,596 396,501 1,875,097 18,919,468
 Minn. 1,536,568 1,138,382 250,470 1,388,852 19,329,939
 Miss. 431,953 365,165 66,788 431,953 3,067,827
 Mo. 962,800 1,502,331 120,595 1,622,926 10,185,178
 Mont. 386,867 291,323 255,848 547,171 6,781,844
 Nebr. 231,774 222,512 36,060 258,572 2,774,294
 Nev. 140,803 184,452 46,906 231,358 2,150,678
 N.Hamp. 162,910 110,802 52,098 162,900 3,413,374
 N.Jer. 265,391 399,312 15,107 414,419 4,180,041
 N.Mex. 238,286 165,119 84,076 249,195 2,967,688
 N.Y. 1,172,485 1,016,825 230,904 1,247,730 12,476,337
 N.Car. 516,493 528,641 44,591 573,232 8,819,171
 N.Dak. 129,626 129,351 16,906 146,257 1,060,823
 Ohio 1,238,694 1,096,964 147,453 1,244,437 11,859,130
 Okla. 637,255 506,279 101,317 607,596 7,513,884
 Ore. 773,274 961,904 249,853 1,211,757 11,208,371
 Penn. 1,264,472 1,170,979 93,583 1,264,472 14,224,010
 R.I. 41,537 39,734 2,716 42,450 388,849
 S.Car. 443,006 401,855 71,496 473,351 4,629,880
 S.Dak. 182,989 218,340 53,837 272,177 2,254,713
 Tenn. 851,168 862,695 183,239 1,045,934 8,702,128
 Texas 1,878,279 2,389,561 115,723 2,505,284 16,891,539
 Utah 410,793 291,143 153,371 444,514 5,839,389
 Vermont 159,411 102,728 54,683 159,411 1,923,437
 Virg. 551,741 635,214 79,496 714,710 6,863,862
 Wash. 946,636 1,481,617 90,485 1,572,102 13,622,315
 W.Vir. 244,856 625,656 124,886 750,542 4,102,833
 Wisc. 1,440,592 1,189,366 336,779 1,526,445 16,507,753
 Wyom. 249,919 109,406 186,673 296,079 3,979,243
 TOTALS 30,742,212 31,115,924 5,872,234 36,990,358 $374,928,594
 (c)
 (a) A paid license holder is one individual regardless of the number of licenses purchased (Data certified by State Fish and Game Departments).
 (b) Period covered not identical to period covered by certification for all states.
 (c) Persons who fished in more than one state are counted in each state where they fished.
 Number of Paid Hunting License Holders, License Sales,
 And Cost to Hunters
 Fiscal Year 1991
 STATE Pd. Hunting Res. Hunt. Nonres. Total Hunt. Gross Cost
 License Lic., Tags, Hunt.Lics. Lics., Tags, to Hunters
 Holders(a) Permits & Tags, Permits &
 Stamps Permits & Stamps(b)
 Stamps
 Ala. 271,890 254,732 36,999 291,731 $ 5,602,329
 Alaska 94,750 174,433 38,496 212,929 6,346,690
 Ariz. 158,742 314,717 21,389 336,106 6,761,353
 Ark. 298,219 312,515 25,875 338,390 6,823,191
 Calif. 382,713 723,646 4,049 727,695 12,061,257
 Colo. 326,962 433,251 182,968 616,219 41,890,929
 Conn. 88,803 162,226 7,725 169,951 1,306,552
 Del. 24,669 41,624 5,716 47,340 538,435
 Fla. 204,994 347,260 2,926 350,186 5,259,530
 Ga. 355,475 941,101 44,205 985,306 8,741,129
 Hawaii 9,921 10,058 289 10,347 102,191
 Idaho 236,780 589,291 73,850 663,141 12,339,301
 Ill. 342,893 814,910 13,636 828,546 7,561,442
 Ind. 321,616 603,330 13,939 617,269 7,108,916
 Iowa 266,010 707,951 85,344 793,295 9,072,713
 Kansas 196,116 161,714 34,402 196,116 5,827,149
 Kent. 317,687 513,690 15,503 529,193 5,938,131
 Louis. 279,021 542,739 15,260 557,998 5,792,976
 Maine 208,518 203,089 42,521 245,610 6,964,282
 Md. 157,356 211,423 27,260 238,683 4,349,719
 Mass. 112,519 207,579 4,382 211,961 1,599,559
 Mich. 1,156,422 2,052,330 30,983 2,063,313 23,849,929
 Minn. 521,268 1,021,242 12,434 1,033,676 15,996,069
 Miss. 292,265 263,394 28,871 292,265 4,859,380
 Mo. 547,324 1,021,314 33,591 1,054,905 11,256,497
 Mont. 259,355 469,426 346,251 815,677 12,700,392
 Nebr. 168,311 327,855 43,993 3,718,480 5,202,714
 Nev. 52,835 94,166 6,462 100,628 2,206,828
 N.Hamp. 96,019 121,090 19,953 141,043 2,195,292
 N.Jer. 125,124 306,069 13,381 321,450 5,284,632
 N.Mex. 136,558 135,999 15,053 151,052 4,716,951
 N.Y. 728,217 1,420,045 71,708 1,491,753 14,484,815
 N.Car. 373,145 480,842 10,332 491,174 7,546,456
 N.Dak. 90,409 375,090 33,158 408,248 2,789,771
 Ohio 499,904 962,587 7,510 990,097 9,787,750
 Okla. 259,541 333,185 8,689 341,874 6,004,690
 Ore. 327,304 939,125 25,064 964,189 10,504,231
 Penn. 1,170,119 2,381,196 133,664 2,514,860 27,014,200
 R.I. 13,352 23,465 1,692 25,157 212,298
 S.Car. 196,690 218,335 38,689 257,024 5,504,652
 S.Dak. 147,977 376,387 102,862 479,249 5,877,769
 Tenn. 587,802 965,960 43,363 1,009,343 10,304,946
 Texas 1,105,389 1,325,786 34,036 1,359,822 13,681,905
 Utah 233,596 339,708 33,931 373,639 8,556,632
 Vermont 110,864 126,650 25,494 152,144 3,084,549
 Virg. 397,243 810,243 34,440 844,683 10,100,129
 Wash. 276,409 692,115 45,452 737,567 10,768,773
 W.Vir. 265,122 717,710 165,637 883,347 7,912,385
 Wisc. 771,553 1,703,207 45,330 1,748,537 21,465,291
 Wyom. 153,083 236,620 99,464 336,084 12,663,580
 TOTALS 15,718,865 28,534,440 2,208,221 34,089,293 $438,523,280
 (c)
 (a) A paid license holder is one individual regardless of the number of licenses purchased (Data certified by State Fish and Game Departments).
 (b) Period covered not identical to period covered by certification for all states.
 (c) Persons who hunted in more than one state are counted in each state where they hunted.
 -0- 7/21/92
 /CONTACT: Hugh Vickery, 202-208-5634, or Vicki M. Boatwright, 404-331-3595, both of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/ CO: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ST: IN: SU:


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