Improving Hunter Recruitment and Retention

Short Description

Current trends show that despite overall support for hunting, fewer Americans are participating in the activity. Traditional recruitment and retention methods in which hunting families initiate, train, and socialize their children or other family members into hunting tradition are still the primary routes to recruiting and retaining new hunters. With declining numbers of hunters, however, this approach alone will not be able to counter declining participation trends. This article describes strategies and future research directions that may help improve existing hunter recruitment and retention efforts. The article suggests that greater emphasis must be placed on the unique values and benefits of hunting as a way to attract new hunters and keep those who already hunt active in the hunting community. Supporters of hunting who best understand the culture and the contributions that hunters make to their communities are poised to be the most effective proponents of hunting.

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