National Hunting and Fishing Survey, 1975 (ICPSR 7772)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Beth B. Rothschild


Version V1

This dataset contains survey data from the second phase of a two-phase study of the use and enjoyment of hunting, fishing, and associated wildlife recreation resources in the United States in 1975. The data were taken from a mailback survey of 20,211 individuals in each of the United States. Survey recipients were 9 years of age and older and identified as hunters and/or fishermen. Approximately 450 variables measure the respondents' activities and expenditures in the areas of hunting and fishing, e.g., amount of time spent hunting and fishing, type of game and fish sought, problems associated with the activities, and money spent on various aspects of the activities. There are also several demographic variables, e.g., age, gender, income, and state of residence. The first phase of this study, which is captured in the dataset WILDLIFE RECREATION SURVEY, 1975 (ICPSR 7787), contains data from a telephone survey of United States residents which asked more general questions about wildlife recreation resource usage. From that survey, the sample of hunters and fishermen was identified for use in this study.

Rothschild, Beth B. National Hunting and Fishing Survey, 1975. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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United States Department of the Interior

1974 -- 1975


(2) This study was conducted by a research company representing the United States Department of the Interior. Gathering information on the use and enjoyment of fish and wildlife resources was authorized by the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956.

Sampling for this study took place in two primary phases: a telephone sample (ICPSR 7787) and a mail sample selected from the telephone respondents. (1) A probability sample of telephone exchanges in each of the 50 United States was drawn and then distributed throughout each state. Depending on the proportion of the metro/non-metro residents, the number of metro to non-metro telephone exchanges was selected on a 1:1 (nine states), 1:3 (seven states), or 1:2 (all other states) ratio, in order to enhance the possibility of identifying more hunters and fishermen for the follow-up mail survey phase. Then a systematic random sample was drawn from all the four-digit numbers within the random banks of all sample exchanges. The subsequent seven-digit telephone numbers were then randomized within each state. A sufficient number of private-household telephone numbers was generated to allow the completion of approximately 2,000 household telephone interviews per state (with some exceptions), for a total of 106,294 households. (2) Hunters and fishermen identified in the telephone sample were subsampled (in ways intended to maximize the amount of information obtained from each questionnaire mailed out) to select individuals 9 years of age and older who hunted and/or fished in 1975. In each state (with some exceptions) 1,000 such individuals were mailed questionnaires.

Persons living in the United States in households with telephones.

mailback questionnaires

survey data




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