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Wednesday, January 31 • 10:20am - 10:40am
WATERFOWL: Nebraska Waterfowl Hunters: Where Do They Go?

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AUTHORS. Matthew Hinrichs, Katherine Graham, Nathaniel Price, Christopher J. Chizinski - University of Nebraska – Lincoln; Mark P. Vrtiska, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

ABSTRACT. While waterfowl populations in North America have recovered from the precipitous declines in the 1980’s, the number of individuals who actively participate in waterfowl hunting have remained low. In 2012, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service revisited the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, aiming to better understand and address the decline in the number of individuals who actively hunt or view waterfowl. To better inform achievable objectives and increase agency understanding of their stakeholders, we looked at resident waterfowl hunter churn rates within Nebraska and what permit types (or lack thereof) these individuals held after dropping out of waterfowl hunting. We used the Nebraska Game and Park electronic licensing system to identify purchasing patterns among waterfowl hunters from 2010 to 2016. We defined churn as someone who participated in the activity in a given year but did not participate the following year. The average churn rate for resident Nebraska waterfowl hunters is approximately 34 percent. Of the 34 percent of individuals who churned, 28 percent did not purchase any hunting or fishing permit the following year. Of those that continued to hunt and fish in Nebraska, most purchased the small game – fishing combination permit. Even though 34 percent of individuals may drop out from waterfowl hunting in a given year, 70 percent of those individuals are likely to continue participating in another form of outdoor recreation, which may allow for strategic targeting of those groups to re-engage them with waterfowl hunting. 

Wednesday January 31, 2018 10:20am - 10:40am CST