New Ulm, Minnesota — The Archery Trade Association compiled a complete set of state bowhunter participation numbers and found that the United States has more than 3.7 million licensed bowhunters.

The ATA worked with the National Deer Association and state wildlife agencies to identify the number of licensed residents in each state who participated in bow and arrow hunting during the 2021-22 season. This is the first time the ATA or any other entity has compiled archery-specific participation totals for all 50 states, while also providing an accurate number of national constituents using archery equipment.

“This is the most reliable single source of bowhunting participation data generated to date,” said Jeff Poole, ATA President and CEO. “We are pleased to share this information and know that the data serves as a benchmark to inspire growth across the country.”

The data is available in the ATA article “2021 State-by-State Hunting Data, 3.7 Million US Bowhunters” along with catch statistics for each state. The ATA also created a downloadable one-sheet document so members can easily read and compare state bowhunter numbers.

Contact Allison Jasper, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, at or (507) 233-8136 with any questions.

About the Archery Trade Association
The Archery Trade Association is the organization of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, sales representatives, and others who work in the archery and bowhunting industry. The ATA has served its members since 1953. We work to increase the recruitment and retention of new, current and formerly active archers and bowhunters. We are the driving force in advocacy, education and lobbying for the common good of industry and sport. We preserve and promote the rich heritage of archery and bowhunting to ensure active consumer engagement and successful manufacturing and retailing for generations to come. The organization also owns and operates the ATA trade show, the