In the past, new hunters and anglers came from outdoor families, and all the social support they needed to get up early on Saturday and hit the woods or head out to the boat ramp came from friends and family. Many of the adults interested in becoming hunters and anglers don't have that support. They likely don't have friends or family who hunt or fish, so they don't have anyone to ask for questions, practice their shots with, or double check that they set their alarm. You can't be there to make sure they get out of bed on time, but this lesson will show you other ways you can offer social support to your students during and after their class.
This exercise takes the social support concepts outlined in the Locavore.Guide exercise and walks the participant through the process of developing a social support plan for their specific program in the areas it serves.
Live, virtual Q&A sessions will be held in the fall of 2021. As each session is completed, the video will be added to this site.
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Prepared by: 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 for the HUMAN DIMENSIONS RESEARCH UNIT PUBLICATION SERIES Series No 13-04, April 2013. This report is intended to highlight the factors, identify knowledge gaps, and prioritize research needs that could help to inform future hunter recruitment and retention efforts that may ultimately shift the observed declines in hunting participation.