Attitudes and motivations of Tennessee Deer Hunters toward quality Deer Management May 3, 2012

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Attitudes and motivations of Tennessee Deer Hunters toward quality Deer Management May 3, 2012 Wildlife Society Bulletin 
Craig A. Harper, Christopher E. Shaw, J. Mark Fly, Jared T. Beaver 
We surveyed hunters ... in Tennessee, USA, following the 2004–2005 deer-hunting season to identify characteristics, attitudes, and motivations of these hunter groups. Respondents in all 3 hunter groups identified QDM as a “sensible management strategy for white-tailed deer” and a majority (>76%) of the hunters preferred hunting areas managed under QDM guidelines ... all 3 hunter groups were primarily interested in herd health and buck quality, wanted a reduction in the buck bag limit, and supported harvest of antlerless deer... respondents in all 3 groups indicated that experiencing nature was the number one reason for hunting. Our survey results suggest that ,,, the general deer-hunting public in Tennessee has moved away from the traditional deer-management philosophy that allowed buck harvest without age restrictions and restricted antlerless harvest... 


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