ERIC Number: ED354137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Hunter Ethics: A Look at Hunter Behavior and Hunter Education in the U.S. and Canada.
Elliott, Denis S.
This study examines issues of unethical hunting practices and promotion of ethical hunter behavior in the United States and Canada. Hunter education coordinators (HECs) in all states and provinces were surveyed, with a response rate of 66 percent. Results indicate: (1) there has been little change in the types of hunter ethics problems in recent years; (2) trespassing is the worst problem followed by road hunting; (3) deer is most often the target of illegal or unethical hunter behavior; (4) half of the U.S. respondents indicated a decline in the relationship between hunters and landowners over the last 5 years; (5) most respondents suggested that stricter enforcement be accompanied by more effective educational efforts but that the current hunter education curriculum not be changed; and (6) there appears to be an inadequate effort to measure the effects of hunter education. Recommendations include: (1) HECs and instructors should commit to elevating hunter ethics and responsibility to the same status as hunter safety; (2) experienced adult hunters should be targeted for hunter ethics education and/or outreach programs; (3) a standard evaluation instrument needs to be adopted and used to evaluate the effectiveness of hunter education and outreach efforts; and (4) hunter education instructors should be involved more closely in the evaluation of problems and development of hunter education solutions to promote better hunter ethics. Appendices provide survey data. (LP)
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Foreign Countries, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Education, Surveys, Wildlife, Wildlife Management
Izaak Walton League of America National Office, 1401 Wilson Blvd., Level B, Arlington, VA 22209.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fish and Wildlife Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Izaak Walton League of America, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Canada