Hunter Recruitment and Retention: A Framework for Research and Action

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Lincoln R. Larson, Daniel J. Decker, Richard C. Stedman, William F. Siemer, Meghan S. Baumer, and Jody W. Enck
Human Dimensions Research Unit Department of Natural Resources Cornell University

Hunter Recruitment and Retention: A Framework for Research and Action

Decades of decline in the total number of licensed hunters in New York and other states across the U.S. has resulted in hunter recruitment and retention (HRR) becoming a high priority issue of interest among the North American wildlife conservation and management community. Federal and state agencies and many non-governmental organizations have devoted research funding and time toward efforts to influence HRR, and this investment has resulted in a growing body of knowledge regarding the factors that affect the HRR process. For example, the longstanding partnership between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Cornell University Human Dimensions Research Unit (HDRU) has produced several decades of HRR research in New York. However, contemporary socio-demographic changes (e.g., urbanization, parcelization of rural properties, changing racial/ethnic composition of communities) occurring in New York State and throughout the U.S. have catalyzed a movement to reconsider and potentially adapt HRR goals and strategies within this changing social context.
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