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Angling – The Most Popular ‘Gateway’ Activity in the US

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The 2012 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report indicated that 46.2 million Americans fished in 2012.

Source: Daily Commercial

Approximately 18 percent of youths between the ages of 6 and 24 years of age and 16 percent of adults enjoyed wetting a line in 2012  - making recreational fishing the most popular ‘gateway activity’  in the country.

The Outdoor Foundation defines gateway activities as those that often lead to other outdoor participation; what makes that important is the knowledge that active, nature-based recreation leads to happier, healthier and more productive lifestyles.

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