2018 Volume 6 Issue 1 Pages 31-37
A decline in the number of recreational hunters, and an average increase in their age, is a major issue for management of sika deer and wild boars in Japan. The aim of this paper was to assess the attitude of recreational hunters towards recruitment of hunters. Members of the Kanagawa hunting association were surveyed via questionnaires in 2015 and there were 802 valid respondents. The average number of annual days spent hunting increased with hunter age and was significantly higher for hunters in their 60s and 70s. 93.4% of the respondents were interested in the declining number of hunters and 83.3% thought that it was a significant problem. 82.4% of the respondents agreed that they would be willing to do something to halt the decline of hunters, but this ranged from proactive involvement to a willingness to contribute if organized by other hunters.