Adult Hunter Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (R3) in Illinois

Adam Wojciechowski, Kristin Black, Daniel J. Stephens, Craig A. Miller

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The Illinois Learn to Hunt program is a collaborative effort between the Illinois Natural History Survey and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources designed to recruit, retain, and reactivate adult hunters. Using web tracking, hunter harvest surveys, license buying data, focus groups, and socioeconomic data the Learn to Hunt program was able to define the need for an adult-centered R3 program in Illinois. Adults pose a uniquely accessible market for R3 efforts due to availability of time, disposable income, and willingness to learn a new skill of their own volition. Learn to Hunt program events (e.g. workshops, seminars, mentored hunts) were carefully designed to address common constraints for adults and allowed for testing various program designs. Moving forward, R3 programs will need to develop programs that cater to adults and define metrics that will allow for a long-term comparison of the efficacy of youth vs adult R3 programs.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2018
EventThe Wildlife Society 2018 Annual Conference - Cleveland, United States
Duration: Oct 7 2018Oct 11 2018
Conference number: 25


ConferenceThe Wildlife Society 2018 Annual Conference
Abbreviated title2018 TWS Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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