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Who is doing what in the outdoors? | Notes from the North Woods

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Bass, the original, all-organic, Adirondack entertainment.

Across the nation, there are a wide variety of outdoor recreational options that remain available for a majority of the year as long as the weather remains fair, the beaches stay open and the rivers continue to flow.

Traditional consumptive activities such as hunting and fishing are regulated by predetermined seasons which are typically based on the biological cycles of the fish and game. Traditional, non-consumptive activities such as birding and wildlife watching are also dependent on the season, which are also based on mating cycles and migratory patterns.

The variety of outdoor recreational options remain as diverse as the vast national landscape, and while seasonal disparities often effect the availability of such pursuits as skiing, hunting, fishing, and a host of water-based activities; there are usually enough options to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy whether in the field, forest or on the water.

The most recent Outdoor Foundation Outdoor Participation Report, which was released in 2013 indicates that nearly half of the US population regularly took advantage of the outdoors during the previous year.

Although the overall participation rates remained roughly the same as previous industry reports, the number of participants involved in outdoor recreation activities proved to be the largest percentage ever recorded in the history of the report with nearly 142 million people getting out to enjoy the outdoors annually.

In the Adirondack region, where winter sports rule, there are an abundance of non-winter sports as well. Traditional consumptive pursuits such as hunting and fishing are complimented by non-consumptive activities birdwatching, paddlesports, mountain biking, trail running and more.

The list of available activities is seemingly endless, and adventurers continue to develop new and exciting outdoor opportunities, at almost every turn.

In 2012, American travelers took full advantage of the diversity and accessibility of our national infrastructure. In fact, nearly half, about 49.4 percent of all Americans reported they participated in some form of outdoor recreation last year. That equates to 141.9 million Americans.

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