The populations of US hunters took a significant jump during the five year period 2001 to 2011 according to a survey by the census bureau.
The large survey which has been conducted every 5 years since 1955 is the first to show a significant increase. The largest increase was bird hunting 13%, followed by a big game at 8%, the unspecified "other" category increased 92%. Other probably includes feral pigs or other oddities.
More below the tangled guts.
For years everyone has said women were the fastest growing segment, I think I'd add foodies to that category based on the plethora of blogs and articles by former non hunters and even vegetarians who've now taken up hunting. Recently Facebook founder Zukkerman shot and ate a buffalo for a new experience, and this motivational speaker author Tim Ferriss whom I'd never heard of, but then I wouldn't have, went on a caribou hunt with Steve Rinnella, one of the more articulate and authentic hunters on TV. I don't get the sportsman's channel but the teasers were good. Just keep watching and the other 3 parts will come on, last one with the grizzlies is best.
Next time you hear someone tell you hunting is an undertaking that fewer and fewer Americans are interested in, tell them no longer true.