How hunter perceptions of wildlife regulations, agency trust, and satisfaction affect attitudes about duck bag limits

Human Dimensions of Wildlife
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Abstract

This study explored how factors, including the function of bag limits, agency trust, satisfaction, hunting participation, and demographics, related to opinions about duck bag limits. The results are from a survey of 2014 Minnesota resident waterfowl hunters. Analyses identified four dimensions of attitudes about functions of bag limits, including that they: (a) are descriptive in defining the acceptable number of ducks that can be bagged, (b) are injunctive in establishing how many ducks should be allowed to be bagged, (c) ensure fair opportunities for all hunters to bag ducks, and (d) reflect biological limitations to protect waterfowl populations. Descriptive and fairness functions of bag limits were related to opinions about bag limits, as were factors related to agency trust, satisfaction, ducks bagged, experience with more restrictive bag limits, hunter age, and hunting group membership. Agencies may increase support by building trust and emphasizing the descriptive and fairness functions of regulations.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title How hunter perceptions of wildlife regulations, agency trust, and satisfaction affect attitudes about duck bag limits
Series title Human Dimensions of Wildlife
DOI 10.1080/10871209.2017.1345021
Volume 22
Issue 5
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Leetown
Description 22 p.
First page 454
Last page 475