Evaluation Of A Bear Hunters Survey And Its Implications On Black Bear Management In Virginia

A questionnaire was developed to characterize Virginia bear hunters, their hunting methods, and attitudes concerning Virginia bear hunting, Game Commission policy, and potential management alternatives. Ofthe respondents 61%were dog hunters and 39% incidental hunters. These 2 classes differ in hunting methods as well as attitudes concerning hunting and proper management strategies. Although these differences complicate decisions, they must be considered in planning bear management policy and education efforts.

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