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Our outdoor heritage rivals the nation’s best

By Kurt Krueger

THOSE OF US who long to hunt and fish at every opportunity, even wrestling from time to time with the guilt of being overpassionate about Wisconsin’s most traditional outdoor sports, may find some solace in the fact that we are not alone.

A 2011 survey done by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows one in four Wisconsin residents is an angler or hunter, or 27%, far higher than the national average of 16%.

There are 1.2 million sportspersons in Wisconsin who pursue fishing and/or hunting. We have the fourth highest hunting participation rate — at 17% — among all the states.

And the percentage of Wisconsinites who participated in wildlife watching during that year, 48%, is far higher than the national average of 30%. Only Vermont and West

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:47 PM

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