The entire 27-page report is available at mygowild.com/2019survey.
In the age of the influencer, it could seem like the bro hunter with the best gear and biggest following has the best season. Free of spousal approval and with seemingly endless vacation time (or at least endless content), feeds are full of people killin’ it, quite literally.
The truth? Papaws outhunts the bros, married hunters have more confidence in their ability, and spouses don’t stop anyone from hunting. In fact, they often tag along.
In a recent survey, the outdoor social media and activity tracking platform, GoWild, found that older hunters are more successful than young hunters. Hunters older than 65 are about 15% more likely to have a successful season than those younger than 25. And access to land isn’t the top barrier it gets made out to be (it’s not even top three for married hunters). The top barrier for married hunters is work, followed by family commitments and budget. Singles identify work as their number one challenge, followed by land access then budget constraints.
While the survey myth-busted many memes, it did confirm a few other age-old adages. Those who put in more time are more likely to succeed. Single hunters think about hunting more than a future spouse. And those who obsess and think about hunting all the time are more likely to define a hunting season as a success.
New Concerns Come to Light
The results paint an interesting picture of a modern hunters. Hunters are far more likely to introduce their spouse to hunting than have a spouse who doesn’t support them. The barriers are beyond what you typically hear or read, if not entirely different altogether. And finally, the survey highlights a broader concern with bringing in hunters younger than 25: They struggle to know not only where to hunt, but they believe they can’t afford it and when they do hunt, they see less success.
One survey was conducted in late August through September of 2019. It has a confidence level of 99.86% and a margin of error of +/- 3.06%. 1016 respondents participated from across the United States.
See the Full 27-Page Report
The entire report is available at mygowild.com/2019survey. The report expands into specific results for male and female hunters, married and singles, and has more high level information about the modern hunter.
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2020 has been a year of uncertainty, but one thing remains true: Dad’s are awesome.And if your old man ever deserved a patriarchal offering, it’s amid a pandemic. Who else can break the tension of quarantine with a one-liner better than the old man himself? No one, that’s who. Here are my suggestions for the old man, as it relates to hunting, fishing and that grand ol’ dad hobby, barbecuing.