Recent Studies on Hunting
|EACH YEAR ABOUT 12.5 MILLION
AMERICANS age 16 and older take to the nation's
forests and fields to hunt. The number is larger when a
longer time frame is considered, which is reasonable,
because many sportsmen and sportswomen do not hunt every
year. Indeed, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
estimates that 18.6 million Americans age 16 and older
hunted at least once in the 5-year period between 2002
and 2006. |
Maintaining and preserving
America's hunting heritage is important for many
reasons. One is simply the large number of Americans who
participate. In addition, an overwhelming majority of
Americans support hunting, and research shows that this
support steadily increased between 1995 and 2006.
Overall, 78% of Americans approve of hunting.
Surveys also show that the opportunity to hunt is
important to U.S. citizens, even though most will never
essential to species protection and management
and are integral to habitat conservation through
the funds they provide when they purchase hunting
licenses and pay excise taxes on hunting equipment.
Hunting also has a major impact on the U.S. economy,
especially in rural areas where hunters patronize local
businesses when they stock up for hunting trips.
Finally, sportsmen wield considerable political clout.
In 2004 and 2008, presidential candidates from both
major parties openly displayed their support for
hunting and actively courted American hunters.
In this issue of our online newsletter, we
present results of several studies recently conducted by
Responsive Management related to hunting participation.
These results shed light on what is happening "on
the ground," results that can provide guidance for
how to proceed with the challenge of maintaining and
preserving America's hunting heritage.
The Future of Hunting and the Shooting Sports: Research-Based Recruitment and Retention Strategies
Responsive Management recently partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to produce one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever conducted on hunting and sport shooting participation: The Future of Hunting and the Shooting Sports: Research-Based Recruitment and Retention Strategies.
Read the Full Article (603 KB PDF)
Read the Full Report (1.11 MB PDF)
Increasing Hunting Participation by Investigating Factors Related to Hunting License Sales Increases in 1992, 1999, and 2004
Responsive Management and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, under a Hunting Heritage Partnership grant, recently conducted a two-phase study to identify and explore in detail the factors that led to and encouraged three discrete increases in hunting license sales over the past two decades.
Read the Full Article (589 KB PDF)
Read the Full Report (923 KB PDF)
Sport Shooters' and Archers' Attitudes on Shooting and Appropriate Behavior on Federal Lands and the Messages to Which They Will Respond
In an effort to prevent further closures of shooting ranges and other areas open to unsupervised recreational shooting on federal lands, to protect natural areas, and to promote safe shooting, Responsive Management recently conducted a two-phase study for the Federal Lands Hunting, Fishing and Shooting Sports Roundtable to determine sport shooters' and archers' attitudes on shooting and their perceptions of appropriate behavior on federal lands.
Read the Full Article (511 KB PDF)
Read the Full Report (994 KB PDF)
Hunting Participation in North Dakota
Responsive Management was commissioned by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to obtain information about North Dakota residents' and hunters' opinions on, participation in, and interest in hunting. The study was initiated by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department after discussion in the North Dakota Legislature regarding how to maintain the number of hunters in the state and recruit new ones.
Read the Full Article (730 KB PDF)
Read the Full Report (580 KB PDF)
Nationwide Hunter Access Survey Under Way
Responsive Management and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) have been awarded a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Multistate Conservation Grant to conduct a study to better understand hunting access across the nation. More than 6,000 hunters nationwide will participate in the study, which will cover topics such as hunting participation, accessing hunting lands, specific access problems and the effectiveness of potential solutions for access, specific access programs and resources, landowner incentives and liability, and sources of information on places to hunt and hunting access.
Read the Full Article (534 KB PDF)
Responsive Management Assists Fish and Wildlife Professionals, Policy Makers With Executive Order White Paper Report
Responsive Management recently assisted fish and wildlife professionals and federal policy makers with producing a white paper report, Strengthening America's Hunting Heritage and Conservation in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities, sponsored by the Sporting Conservation Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Read the Full Article (520 KB PDF)
Public Opinion on and Attitudes Toward Hunting
Mark Damian Duda, Executive Director of Responsive Management, was an invited speaker at the 73rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held March 25-29, 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona. He presented a paper titled, "Public Opinion on and Attitudes Toward Hunting," which highlighted recent findings regarding support for and opposition to hunting and to hunting various species, trends in support for and opposition to hunting, characteristics of those who support and those who oppose hunting, and public perceptions of hunters. The paper, which will be published in the Wildlife Management Institute's annual Transactions of the 73rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, can be viewed here (54KB PDF).
PHOTOS: KENDALL VAN DYK; PAT HAGAN /
USFWS; RYAN HAGERTY / USFWS; US DEPARTMENT OF THE
INTERIOR / BLM; EUGENE HESTER / USFWS; JOANNE NOBILE /
RESPONSIVE MANAGEMENT; SUSAN STERNER/THE WHITE HOUSE; TUPPER
ANSEL BLAKE / USFWS.
Over the past
20 years, Responsive Management has conducted more than 150
studies on hunting-related issues, including hunting
initiation, hunting motivations, hunting satisfaction and
desertion, public opinion on hunting, and women and hunting.
Downloadable PDFs of our most recent hunting-related studies
can be found here.
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