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Women Hunters in Alberta, Canada:Girl Power or Guys in Disguise?

Women Hunters in Alberta, Canada:Girl Power or Guys in Disguise? Women hunters represent a small but increasingly important constituent for wildlife management agencies. This study examines women hunters in Alberta, Canada, to provide insight into women's involvement in hunting. An automated licensing system was used to track the license-purchasing behavior of women hunters over an 8-year period. Results show that a core group of women exhibit commitment to hunting by purchasing big game licenses and that a previously unidentified segment are exclusive lottery-draw applicants.We suggest that this latter group may enter the licensing system to facilitate increased hunting opportunities for their male counterparts (e.g., spouse, common law partner, or other male household member). These results have implications for the role of women as hunters and for the role that women play in the recruitment and retention of hunters. Wildlife management agencies designing hunter programs for women should be cognizant of potential sub-groups of women hunters. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Human Dimensions of Wildlife Taylor & Francis

Women Hunters in Alberta, Canada:Girl Power or Guys in Disguise?

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1533-158X
eISSN
1087-1209
DOI
10.1080/10871200304309
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Abstract

Women hunters represent a small but increasingly important constituent for wildlife management agencies. This study examines women hunters in Alberta, Canada, to provide insight into women's involvement in hunting. An automated licensing system was used to track the license-purchasing behavior of women hunters over an 8-year period. Results show that a core group of women exhibit commitment to hunting by purchasing big game licenses and that a previously unidentified segment are exclusive lottery-draw applicants.We suggest that this latter group may enter the licensing system to facilitate increased hunting opportunities for their male counterparts (e.g., spouse, common law partner, or other male household member). These results have implications for the role of women as hunters and for the role that women play in the recruitment and retention of hunters. Wildlife management agencies designing hunter programs for women should be cognizant of potential sub-groups of women hunters.

Journal

Human Dimensions of WildlifeTaylor & Francis

Published: Jun 1, 2003

Keywords: Alberta; Hunting; Hunting License System; Wildlife Recreation; Women Hunters

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