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Tuesday, February 7 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Technical Session. Exploring Linkages Between Hunting and Fishing Permit Sales Among Upland Game Permit Holders

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AUTHORS: Alisha Grams, Nathaniel Price, Matthew Gruntorad - School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Kevin Pope, U.S. Geological Survey, Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Christopher J. Chizinski, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Joseph J. Fontaine, U.S. Geological Survey, Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

ABSTRACT: With the sales of licenses generating over $1 billion in economic returns for Nebraska, the value of hunters and anglers is essential to managing the states’ natural resources. However, this dependence upon licenses makes Nebraska vulnerable to declining participation in outdoor recreation. Education programs can only do so much to increase participation, but understanding how hunters and anglers use the resources, the different types of users, and movement among different groups of participants will better inform managers on what they can do to help. We determined associations among types of hunting and fishing permits sold and churn among permit purchases. In 2015, 64% of hunters (i.e. those purchasing a hunting permit or hunt / fish combo permit) are also anglers (i.e. purchased a hunt / fish combo or fish permit). However, only 28% of anglers also purchased a hunting or hunt-fish combo permit.  Understanding associations among user groups will provide managers with tools to develop strategic planning towards recruitment and retention programs.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Grand Ballroom E

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