Characteristics and Opinions of Mississippi Deer Hunters Using Public Areas

Characteristics and opinions of deer hunters using the Choctaw and Tallahala Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) were determined from a mail questionnaire. Respondents were typically white, middle-class males. Characteristics of education, occupation and community size of residence were significantly different (P < 0.05) between the WMAs. The quality of hunting and current management practices, with the exception of hunting with dogs, were favorably rated on both WMAs. Significantly more respondents from the Tallahala WMA (66%) than the Choctaw WMA (42%) favored hunting with dogs. Respondents from both WMAs rated the suspense and challenge of the hunt as the most important benefit derived from hunting, followed by getting outdoors, hunting success, solitude, companionship, meat and exercise.

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