2005 Survey of Deer Hunter Satisfaction and Preferences for Regulation Changes in Minnesota

Author: 
David Fulton
Lou Cornicelli
Marrett Grund
Publication: 
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Year of publication: 
2005
Abstract: 

Abundant deer populations have the potential for substantive negative ecological, economic, and social impacts. According to many of Minnesota wildlife managers, current strategies to encourage an increase in harvest of antlerless deer effectively reduced deer populations to desired densities. For this reason, deer researchers and managers intend to evaluate alternative hunting regulations that might increase antlerless deer harvests and reduce deer population growth rates.
This study was to provide baseline information on deer hunter demographics, attitudes and motivations regarding deer hunting, preference for regulation changes, and measure hunter satisfaction. Ultimately, the purpose of this project was to identify the hunter-preferred regulatory attributes that have the potential to increase antlerless deer harvest in Minnesota.

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