Interest in fee hunting by Minnesota small-game hunters

J. L D Smith, A. H. Berner, F. J. Cuthbert, J. A. Kitts

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We conducted a telephone survey to determine the willingness of Minnesota small-game hunters to pay for high-quality hunting where the fee is based on wild pheasant populations. Although 66% of interviewees rated pheasants as 1 of their top 3 choices to hunt, 52% actually hunted pheasants during the period 1982-1986 and only 24% hunted pheasants in 1986. Over half the interviewees found it "difficult' or "very difficult' to find a good place to hunt pheasants in Minnesota. These results indicate that demand for quality pheasant hunting is greater than its availability. A significant portion of small-game hunters in Minnesota demonstrated interest in a system that would pay landowners for quality hunting experiences. Almost half of the interviewees expressed willingness to pay $250/season for access to a site where they could expect to flush 41-70 birds/morning, and approximately 25% were willing to pay $500 for the same opportunity. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
JournalWildlife Society Bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992


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