Nearly 34 million Americans ages 16 and older head outdoors to hunt and fish every year. Through hunting and fishing license fees and excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, hunters and anglers are responsible for the majority of fish and wildlife conservation funding in the United States.
Fish and wildlife management programs funded by these fees have conserved millions of acres of habitat and have brought back many species, including wild turkey, wood duck, bald eagle, and pronghorn antelope, from unhealthy population levels.
Understanding hunting and fishing, and hunters and anglers as a constituency, is vital to effectively managing the nation’s natural resources. Policy makers, legislators, fish and wildlife professionals, conservation organizations, and hunters and anglers themselves have an unmet need for science-based, comprehensive information on hunting and fishing to inform their understanding, communications, decision making, and planning.
The Sportsman’s Voice: Hunting and Fishing in America is the first book that provides a comprehensive, up-to-date look at hunting and fishing in America. It bridges the gap between hundreds of scientific studies of the human dimensions of conservation and on-the-ground situations, giving this information meaningful context and real-world utility.
Chapter 1–A History of Hunting, Fishing, and Fish and Wildlife Management in the United States
Chapter 2–Public Attitudes Toward the Environment, Natural Resources, and Wildlife
Chapter 3–Attitudes Toward Hunting and Fishing
Chapter 4–Participation in Hunting and Fishing
Chapter 5–Law Enforcement, Firearms, and Safety Issues
Chapter 6–Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Commissions, Government Acts, and Conservation
Chapter 7–Funding for Hunting and Fishing and the Management of Fish and Wildlife
Chapter 8–The Economic Significance of Hunting and Fishing
Chapter 9–Ballot Initiatives, Referenda, and Sportsmen’s Issues
Chapter 10–The Future of Hunting and Fishing in the United States