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Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

The BC Resident Hunter Expenditure Survey

In March 2013, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations completed a telephone survey of over 2,500 resident hunters The purpose of the survey was to better understand hunter expenditures and the economic importance of resident hunting in British Columbia.  The survey data was used to estimate the number of hunter days and the related expenditures in 2012/13. Statistics were broken down by various factors such as species hunted, region hunted, region of residence and hunter age.

It is estimated that over 79,000 adult hunters were active in the 2012/13 hunting year and that on average they spent $2,900 each for total annual expenditure of approximately $230 million.  The survey found that the most popular game species in the province are deer, moose and elk.

The report, entitled ‘Expenditures of British Columbia Resident Hunters,’ is posted here.  A comparison report entitled ‘Expenditures of British Columbia Resident Hunters: A Comparison of British Columbia and United States Hunting Expenditures’ is also posted here.

Expenditures of British Columbia Resident Hunters [PDF 442KB]

Expenditures of British Columbia Resident Hunters: A Comparison of British Columbia and United States Hunting Expenditures [PDF 87KB]

All of the information obtained was considered strictly confidential and personal information will not be retained or made available to the public.

The cooperation of British Columbia hunters is greatly appreciated.  The information gathered through this survey will be used to help inform future management and program delivery decisions.

If you would like more information on the BC Resident Hunter Expenditure Survey, please contact Jeff Morgan by phone at (250) 371-6347 or by e-mail at jeff.morgan@gov.bc.ca