Conclusions

  • There is considerable effort being directed toward hunter recruitment and retention issues. The effectiveness of all this activity is another matter and cannot be determined in most cases.
  • The exact nature of this effort needs greater examination. Planning is underway to capture this level of program detail.
  • In order to improve the effectiveness of these programs, clearer thinking and improved program planning will likely be needed. Specific programs will need to be developed that target the inherent challenges that hunter recruitment and hunter retention individually present in order to successfully overcome them.
  • The hunting community will likely need to adopt a more strategic approach to determining desired program outcomes and how to measure the success of those outcomes. To accomplish this, the community will likely need to change its approach to the entire concept of recruitment and retention. This will also likely mean that the community can no longer afford to conduct programs just for the sake of “doing something”.
  • Overall, only 25% of state program-types and 36% of NGO program-types have program manuals to guide their activity, and only 40% of state program-types and 18% of NGO program-types have evaluation processes in place that measure their effectiveness. Significant improvements in both of these areas will likely improve program effectiveness.
  • Most programs would likely benefit from incorporating the NSSF's Best Practices Workbook for Hunting and Shooting Recruitment and Retention as a resource for developing a more targeted approach to achieve specific program goals.