Wildlife management: Managing the hunt versus the hunting experience

William E. Hammitt, Cary D. McDonald, Francis P. Noe

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Deer hunter satisfaction is investigated from two perspectives, (1) satisfaction with the hunt/harvest and (2) satisfaction with the overall hunting trip experience. Regression analysis is used to determine what variables best predict satisfaction with the hunt and the hunting experience. Results indicate that animal population variables (number of deer seen, shot at, bagged) are the best determinants of a quality deer hunt, while environmental (outdoors) and social (crowding and hunter behavior) are the best predictors of a quality hunting trip experience. Wildlife managers and researchers need to realize that deer hunters view the hunt/harvest as different from the hunting trip experience and need to manage for both aspects of hunter satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-507
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironmental Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Deer hunting
  • Hunter satisfaction
  • Wildlife management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology
  • Pollution


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