Factors associated with declining hunting participation in Indiana

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dc.contributor.advisor Gregg, Amy L.
dc.contributor.author Holzinger, Joseph R. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-09T15:35:11Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-09T15:35:11Z
dc.date.created 2009 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/193787
dc.description.abstract This study documents the most salient factors associated with the decline in hunting participation in Indiana. Data for the study were obtained from interviews and a survey of Indiana residents conducted in 2008. Respondents were classified as current hunters, former hunters, nonhunters, or anti-hunters. The most salient reasons respondents cited for the decline in hunting participation in Indiana were: less access to private land, lack of time, urbanization, and changing values among the younger generation. The major reasons that former hunters discontinued participation were lack of time, loss of interest, cost of licenses and equipment, and lack of available hunting partners. For nonhunters, the major reasons for non-participation were that they were not brought up into hunting, had other leisure activities during the hunting season, and were not willing to kill animals. The major reasons anti-hunters did not participate were that they had ethical problems with hunting, were not willing to kill animals, were not brought up into hunting, and don’t eat meat. The results of this study found that declining participation in hunting is the result of changing socio-economic factors in American society and not of any adverse ecological factors in America’s natural environment. Based on the results and comments from respondents, wildlife management agencies would gain the most from efforts to retain hunters, as opposed to try to recruit new hunters from the ranks of people who have no interest in it or are former hunters.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
dc.format.extent ix, 78 p. : digital, PDF file, col. ill. en_US
dc.source CardinalScholar 1.0 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Hunting -- Indiana -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Public opinion -- Indiana.
dc.subject.lcsh Hunting -- Social aspects -- Indiana.
dc.title Factors associated with declining hunting participation in Indiana en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1468275 en_US

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