Finally Some Good News For A Change


Published: October - 2006

And, finally, here is some unalloyed good news for a change. No matter what you hear about anti-hunters making headway against hunting and various federal agencies making it harder for us to do what we love, an overwhelming majority of Americans still support hunting. In fact, the percentage of Americans who support hunting has gone up from 73 percent in 1995 to 78 percent in 2006, and the percentage who disapproves has gone down from 22 percent in 1995 to 16.3 percent in 2006.

The poll that contains the above findings was conducted as part of two larger projects a book being written on sportsmen's issues that was commissioned by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation; and a study on the future of hunting and the shooting sports under a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The nationwide survey was conducted by Responsive Management, a survey-research firm specializing in natural resources, fisheries, wildlife, outdoor recreation and environmental issues.

According to Responsive Management's Executive Director Mark Damian Duda, the company's research shows that approval of hunting continues to strengthen as Americans become more knowledgeable about the role of hunting in wildlife management, as well as how much money hunting contributes to wildlife conservation efforts. The visible increase of deer in urban areas and the resulting need to actively manage their populations also positively affects opinion. You can learn more about Responsive Managements findings and other research projects on their web site at www. responsivemanagement.com.

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