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NAWMP Webinar Series: What are Canadian waterfowl hunters' trip preferences, and how do they compare to those of North American waterfowl hunters?
Presenter: ​Howie Harshaw, PhD, Associate Professor
University of Alberta

We surveyed Canadian waterfowl hunters in November 2016—January 2017 (n = 1280) to better understand their hunting trip preferences using a discrete choice experiment. Canadian waterfowl hunters prefer bigger harvests (six birds), journey times of one hour or less, easy to moderate site access, seeing upwards of 250 birds on shoot days, and experiencing none to medium levels of competition. We identified 6 latent classes of Canadian waterfowl hunters (2 more than we found at a continental scale). We did not identify any significant variation between the classes in terms of the distributions of age, income, number of days hunted, self-identification as a conservationist, and hunting bag preferences. Canadian waterfowl hunter preferences seem to be similar to those of North American waterfowl hunters. Canadian hunters have less strong preferences for six-bird harvests than the lower U.S. states. Although there is variation in preference for harvest size between the flyways at a continental level, this flyway variation is not evident among Canadian waterfowl hunters. Implications for the management of waterfowl hunting in Canada will be discussed, including strategies to increase waterfowl hunting participation.

Feb 9, 2023 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Howie Harshaw, PhD
Associate Professor @University of Alberta
Prior to coming to UofA, I was a research associate in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. In addition to teaching and graduate student supervision, I developed a research program focused on the human dimensions of natural resources, with an emphasis on outdoor recreation in an effort to understand the relationships that people have with nature, and have investigated the interactions of resource development and quality of life. Throughout my research, I have worked with communities, municipal and provincial governments, and industry to better represent the views and attitudes of the public in policy and operational decisions. I have contributed to the development and assessment of criteria and indicators for outdoor recreation in the planning of resource-integrated forested landscape planning in BC for government and the forest industry. Full Bio: https://apps.ualberta.ca/directory/person/harshaw#Overview