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Hunting in Nevada: An Analysis of Hunter Characteristics, Behaviors and Motivations
AuthorPettis, Adam L.
AdvisorEvans, M. D. R.
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Hunting has played a significant role in the development of human societies and continues to play a significant role in defining culture in the present. While hunting is not now necessary to human survival as it was in the time of hunter-gatherer societies, hunting is still widely practiced in the United States and around the world. While research on the social factors of hunting has become more prominent since Hendee's (1974) work on motivations for hunting, similar research in Nevada has not been pursued. In a state where a greater variety of game can be pursued but opportunities to do so are limited, it is important that hunters are understood to provide the most attractive hunting opportunities to the greatest number of hunters in light of wildlife management efforts. This thesis seeks to fill the void in current research on Nevada hunters by: 1) outlining basic hunter characteristics such as demographic, economic and participation factors associated with hunting, 2) determining the structure of outdoor recreation by analyzing whether hunters are best characterized as recreational specialists or generalists, and 3) determining what motivations influence the selection of hunt locations by hunters. Using data from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada Rangeland Vegetation Survey, U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of the Interior this thesis finds that hunters in Nevada are similar to other hunters in the United States in terms of basic descriptive characteristics and motivations. Further, this thesis finds that hunters in Nevada are characterized as generalists based on outdoor recreation behaviors.