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.