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HUNTING AND ANGLING HERITAGE WORKGROUP:
Preserving our outdoor heritage and conserving wildlife

 

INTRODUCTION

Update: 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Survey Preliminary Report

Participation rates of both hunters and anglers are declining such that the future of both activities are in peril. Compared to fishing, recruitment and retention rates for hunters have suffered a much more precipitous decline. This issue is in the forefront of planning and coordination efforts for wildlife agencies on a national and international level.

GET INVOLVED: Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup

The purpose of Arizona's Hunting and Angling Heritage Working Group (HAHWG) is to gather leaders of industry, conservation groups, youth groups, and wildlife management professionals to synergistically preserve the hunting and angling tradition.

Each group brings a critical element to the HAHWG and has a slightly different view of success. Industry benefits from recruitment and retention by increased, perpetual revenue streams; conservation groups benefit by helping solidify the North American model of conservation and by increasing membership in their organizations; youth development groups enhance their programs by becoming involved in programs beneficial to their youth, and the wildlife management agency benefits by solidifying working relationships with partners, and solidifying the future of wildlife conservation.

The mission of the Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup is to facilitate the Department’s efforts to pass on the hunting tradition to its constituents, and to keep hunting and fishing relevant into the next century. The foundation of this group’s effort is the North American Model of wildlife conservation.

The HAHWG's primary program for improving participation rates is through hands-on, introductory, mentored events. The events follow standards and best practices and match beginners with experienced mentors that will teach them the outdoor skills needed to hunt, fish, or trap on their own. These events are made possible by the dozens of participating groups, grants programs and coordination with Arizona Game and Fish.

To get involved in the Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup, receive newsletters and more, email your information to Doug Burt, hunting and shooting sports program manager at dburt@azgfd.gov.

PLANNING CALENDAR, ACTIVITIES AND COORDINATION

Click here to submit your event, banquet, conservation project for the HAHWG calendar.

NORTH AMERICAN MODEL OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

In North America, we have the most successful system of wildlife conservation ever developed. While North Americans enjoy a great abundance and diversity of native wildlife, other countries struggle with conserving what little they have left. As a result, no other continent has such a widely available assemblage of native wildlife species – predators and prey.

Early conservation-minded people recognized the need to establish the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, perpetuating all wildlife species and their habitats through active management, monitoring, and sound science. Hunting and angling are the cornerstones of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

These activities continue to be the primary source of funding for conservation efforts in North America. Through self-imposed excise tax on hunting, angling and shooting sports equipment, hunters and anglers have generated more than $10 billion toward wildlife conservation since 1939.

For years conservation efforts focused on hunted species, but even then the benefits gained by non-hunted wildlife were obvious. The North American Model of Wildlife Management is unique, and it is based on the following guiding principals, or core concepts.

Arizona's 7-Core Concepts of Conservation:

  1. Wildlife is Held in the Public Trust
  2. Regulated Commerce in Wildlife
  3. Hunting and Angling Laws are Created Through
    Public Process
  4. Hunting and Angling Opportunity for All
  5. Hunters and Anglers Fund Conservation
  6. Wildlife is an International Resource
  7. Science is the Basis for Wildlife Policy

 

GRANT PROGRAMS:

Outreach and hosting events is costly, there are a couple of programs that are there to help provide funding and other support.

Arizona Game and Fish Department: The Arizona Game and Fish Department is helping local sportsmen's groups though a grant program. The Local Sportsmen's Group grant program is an annual program to help in these efforts. The annual program awards grant funds to eligible projects through a competitive application process each year. The focus of projects eligible to receive grant funds is determined annually by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and may change from year to year. The annual grant typically opens in July and closes in August.

For details, past recipents and contact information, visit: www.azgfd.gov/i_e/local_sportsmens.shtml

Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation / Wildlife Conservation Committee: The Wildlife Conservation Fund from the conservation license plate program is a grant program open to 501c3 organization for the purpose of habitat projects deemed beneficial for all species of wildlife in Arizona, wildlife conservation education, and/or hunter / angler recruitment activities. There is no fixed grant cycle for submitting applications.

For details, application and past projects, visit: http://arizonasportsmenforwildlifeconservation.org/grant_information.html.

Data from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Report, Fishing and Hunting Recruitment and Retention in the U.S., from 1990 to 2005 paints a startling picture of the trends in hunting and fishing in the United States. The report states that the initiation rate for children of any age declined steadily for both fishing and hunting from 1990 to 2000. The fishing initiation rate for any age children fell from 53% in 1990 to 50% in 1995 to 42% in 2000 and held steady at 42% in 2005. This pattern remained the same for the hunting rate: 12% in 1990, 10% in 1995, 8% in 2000, and 8% in 2005.

The report also analyzes trends in retention of hunters and anglers over the 15 years between 1990 and 2005. Retention rate is defined in the report as “the percent of individuals who have participated in hunting or fishing at some point and have remained active in the respective activity.” Fishing retention declines rapidly through the teenage years, levels out from the early twenties through the early forties, declines at a fairly constant rate from the early forties until the early sixties, and declines rapidly beyond the age of 68. In both the 1990 and 2005 surveys, there was no level period for hunting retention. Apparently, individuals quit hunting at a rather steady progression.

 
 
NEXT HAHWG MEETING

Tentative date / location

JAN. 18-19, 2014
Yuma, Ariz.


 

BINDER MATERIALS
PAST MEETINGS

2013 SUMMER MEETING,
NORDIC CENTER, FLAGSTAFF

July 13-14, 2013

Event Host Reports - Partnerships:

 
 

HAHWG
RESOURCES

ACTION PLAN
Recruitment, Retention, & Re-Activation
EVENT STANDARDS
Standards & Best Practices
FOOD HANDLING GUIDE
Food service practices
NEXT STEPS
10 things to do after attending an event
MARKETING TIPS
Keywords, Phrases & Positive Messages
G&F LOANER EQUIPMENT
From airguns, shotguns, .22s, and more.
 

OTHER RECRUITMENT
RESOURCES

WHY HUNT VIDEO
by California Waterfowl to promote understanding of hunting's place in a healthy balanced ecosystem and to help hunters explain how hunting intimately connects us to our environment, especially through the food we eat and share with others.
CABELA'S DONATION REQUEST
Use this form when requesting donations for your events, activities and banquets.
HUNTER EDUCATION
Online study guide to the hunter education manual. Easy to share with your participants before the event.
ETHICAL OUTDOORSMAN / WOMEN AWARD
Nomination form to recognize individuals who demonstrate ethical behavior in the field.
 

BINDER MATERIALS
PAST MEETINGS

2013 WINTER MEETING, INT'L WILDLIFE MUSEUM

Supplemental Articles

 

Jan. 19-20, 2013

 

BINDER MATERIALS
PAST MEETINGS

2012 SUMMER MEETING, BUCK SPRINGS
Theme: Business Model and Franchising

Supplemental North American Model articles from The Wildlife Society

Pope & Young

 

June 30 - July 1, 2012
 

BINDER MATERIALS
PAST MEETINGS

2012 WINTER MEETING, HORSESHOE RANCH
Theme: Strengthening Relationships
Jan. 20-21, 2012
 
 
 

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