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What influences hunting participation of potential new hunters? Qualitative insights from Sweden

Hansson-Forman, Katarina and Sandstrom, Camilla and Ericsson, Göran (2020). What influences hunting participation of potential new hunters? Qualitative insights from Sweden. Wildlife Biology. 2020 , wlb.00721
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Abstract

Hunting, an activity conceptualized as part of wildlife management partnership between the state, landowners and hunting communities, is increasingly challenged by a decreasing hunter base. This has ecological, economic and socio-cultural consequences, and the issue of hunter recruitment deserves more scholarly and political attention. In Sweden, the number of individuals taking a hunting proficiency test is high even though the number of hunters has declined during the last few decades although with a recovery the last 12 months, indicating an under-utilized source of potential new hunters. We explore in an interview study with potential new hunters in Sweden what factors affect and motivate individuals to take the hunter proficiency test and to hunt. Our thematic analysis identifies structural, institutional and individual factors influencing hunting participation, such as social networks and access to land, rendering two ideal types of new hunters. We offer suggestions to help curb the negative trend of declining hunter numbers and we identify research gaps for future studies to address.

Authors/Creators:Hansson-Forman, Katarina and Sandstrom, Camilla and Ericsson, Göran
Title:What influences hunting participation of potential new hunters? Qualitative insights from Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Wildlife Biology
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:2020
Article number:wlb.00721
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:WILDLIFE BIOLOGY
ISSN:0909-6396
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Fish and Wildlife Management
Keywords:hunting, management, proficiency test, recruitment, wildlife
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110716
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110716
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DOI10.2981/wlb.00721
Web of Science (WoS)000611060500010
ID Code:22635
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:22 Feb 2021 10:23
Metadata Last Modified:22 Feb 2021 10:31

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