These are the states that Googled more hunting and shooting terms than any other state in 2015.
At the end of the year it’s always interesting to see which Google search terms were the most popular. The folks at Estately did an analysis of Google Trends over the year to see what terms were the most popular and to see what people in each state searched for more than people in any other state.
While doing this, they discovered which states had residents Googling more hunting and shooting terms than the residents of any other state. These trends not only reflect the hunting and shooting cultures in these particular states, but they also show how much influence current events have on Google searches.
Just to clarify: this is not a list of the most popular Google searches for hunting and shooting terms in each state. This is a list of the Google searches for hunting & shooting terms that residents of these states Googled more than the residents of any other state. On this infographic is the top Googled item, while below are the selections from the top five Google terms from every state.
Arizona: 2nd Amendment
Especially since Arizona was at the top of our list of the best states for gun owners, the fact that residents of the state searched Google for the term “2nd Amendment” more than any other state is not surprising at all.
Florida: Concealed weapons permit
The State of Florida was among the first of the southern states to institute a “shall issue” policy for concealed carry in the 1980s and the state is the standard by which concealed carry regulations in most other states is measured by. Especially considering the number of times in recent months that concealed weapons permit holders have defended themselves from criminals and made the news (like this guy at a Florida Waffle House), the fact that “concealed weapons permit” was more popular in Florida than any other state makes perfect sense.
Idaho: Gun control
Apparently, people in Idaho are more concerned about gun control than people in any other state, as evidenced by the fact that they searched for “gun control” more on Google than people anywhere else did.
Minnesota: Cecil the Lion
Remember the whole Cecil the Lion fiasco this summer? Well, Walter Palmer was from Minnesota, so it should come as no surprise that lots of people in his home state were searching Google to find out just what the heck was going on with that scandal. Oh by the way, Zimbabwe has declined to press criminal charges against Palmer for his role in shooting the famous lion.
Missouri: Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Similar to Arizona, clearly there are many people in Missouri that care deeply about the 2nd Amendment, as evidenced by the fact that they searched for the term “Right to Keep and Bear Arms” on Google more than people in any other state.
Montana currently is one of only two states in the Lower 48 (Idaho is the other) with a wolf hunting season. The state is also home to a very large population of wolves in the Greater Yellowstone area. For this reason, it is not surprising that people in Montana searched Google for “wolves” more than people anywhere else.
North Carolina: Concealed Carry Permit
I must admit that I’m a little surprised by this one. Apparently, concealed carry is a much bigger deal in North Carolina than you would think.
Tennessee: National Rifle Association
Be honest, who thought that people in Tennessee would have Googled “National Rifle Association” more than people in any other state (like Texas or Utah)? There’s an explanation: the 2015 NRA National Convention was in Nashville, which is probably why that term was so popular in Google searches there.
Texas: Lion hunting
Texas is the home of the Dallas Safari Club and many big time Africa hunters like Corey Knowlton, which probably explains the fact why so many people in the Lone Star State were searching for “lion hunting” on Google. This may also be related to the Cecil the Lion controversy and the scrutiny that canned lion hunting has been subjected to over the past few months as well.
I guess the residents of the Cowboy state really love their AR-15s because they searched for the term “AR-15” on Google more than people in any other state. Especially considering that Wyoming is the least populous state, that is really saying something!
What do you think about this list of states that Googled more hunting and shooting terms than any other state?