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Tuesday, February 7 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Technical Session. Creating Social Habitat for Women and Novice Adult Hunters

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AUTHORS: Emily E. Iehl, Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison; Alanna Koshollek, Aldo Leopold Foundation; Keith Warnke, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Timothy R. Van Deelen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

ABSTRACT: Traditional modes of conservation must evolve with the changing demographics and values of Americans. As the number of hunters continues to fall throughout the U.S., the Aldo Leopold Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have partnered to better welcome alternative groups into the state’s hunting community, which is overwhelmingly dominated by middle-aged white men. The process of Hunter Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation has been well-researched since the 1980s, but few studies have targeted the involvement of women, novice adults, and other minority groups. By modeling attributes of over 97,500 first-time license buyers; and combining this statistical analysis with one-on-one interviews with novice women hunters; we hope to create social habitat for non-traditional hunters in food-oriented Learn to Hunt programs.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 1:20pm - 1:40pm CST
Grand Ballroom E