Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

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Commentary: Societal changes from COVID may affect game and fish management

The author says demographic changes due to the pandemic have implications for wildlife conservation and consumptive use (hunting, trapping, fishing), a kind of “long COVID” effect that could affect hunting and management. (Photo by Eric Morken)

Now more than ever, it seems prudent (and in the self-interest of hunters, anglers, trappers, and state natural resources agencies) to explain and market the benefits of consumptive use to the non-hunting public (perhaps with emphasis on suburbanizing areas).
Because new residents in rural areas are fleeing urban areas and seeking new, more desirable places to live, there is an opportunity (and a need) to promote awareness that license dollars not only benefit game species but also provide more and better opportunities for birding, hiking, biking, kayaking, and other non-consumptive recreational activities.

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