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Tuesday, January 30 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Student Research-in-Progress Poster Display. Waterfowl Hunter Recruitment, Retention, and Participation Trends

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AUTHOR: Katherine Graham, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

ABSTRACT: Hunting and the economic and cultural benefits that stem from it have been an integral part of the North American model for wildlife management since the early 1900s. However, several studies have documented that hunting participation in multiple types of hunting (e.g., small game) has declined in the United States over the past few decades. This decline is alarming due to the fact that much of the funding for wildlife management in the United States is tied to hunting licenses purchases and from Federal excise taxes on hunting and shooting sports equipment. Waterfowl hunting participation has shown various trends among states, with some states increasing in participation, some holding constant, and others declining. The purpose of this study is to understand trends in waterfowl hunter behavior among states by providing hunting participation trends using existing licensing databases. Using techniques developed for mark-recapture we will obtain estimates of hunter recruitment and retention, related to sociodemographic variables. With these state-specific estimates we can begin developing models that can be used in a structured decision making approach to managing waterfowl hunters.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Ballroom C & Foyer