Hunter Recruitment

Performance Area: Outdoor Recreation

Number of participants in special youth hunts and special youth seasons

Why Is This Important?

Hunting is an important part of Minnesota’s outdoor heritage and culture. The right to hunt has been preserved in the state constitution. Approximately twelve percent of Minnesotans hunt. In 2011, Minnesota was ninth among states in hunter participation. Additionally, hunting generated more than $725 million per year in direct expenditures in the state (2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation).  License sales from hunters and federal excise taxes on hunting equipment fund a large majority of the DNR’s wildlife management operations.


What Is DNR Doing?

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The DNR has initiated efforts to promote and sustain hunting by identifying barriers to participation and enacting programs and policies that reduce or remove them. The DNR has reduced youth hunting license fees, created an Apprentice Hunter Validation, created a mentoring program, eliminated age restrictions for turkey hunters, initiated special youth hunts, established “take a youth hunting” marketing campaigns, and is working with hunting organizations to provide educational and introductory experiences.

Target: Maintain youth hunter participation as measured by license sales and increase special youth hunt opportunities.

Our target represents a systematic strategy to maintain and increase hunter participation rates. Using Electronic Licensing System (ELS) data, the DNR can track how many hunters participate by age and sex. These data help the DNR determine recruitment and retention rates and make decisions about resource allocation. License sales provide a valuable general indicator of interest, satisfaction, and participation trends.