2018 年 41 巻 p. 85-95
The study described socio-economic characteristics of participants, investigated motivating factors, benefits and threats posed by the hunting expedition. A three stage sample technique was used to select 100 participants used as respondents. A highly reliable (0.78) interview schedule was used for data collection, and analyzed using frequency, table, meal) and Chisquare.
Findings showed that the mean age of participants was 35.16 years while 83 % were literate. The hunting expedition was motivated by the desire to access animal protein and socialize while the accrued benefits include spiritual and mental health purposes. However, the participants’ income and employability were not enhanced; rather the hunting led to poor social capital development, extinction of plants, animals and loss of lives. In addition, the hunting was not a suitable surrogate to agricultural production as means of livelihood. There was a significant relationship among age (Χ 2 = 991.365, tabulated = 64.402, p = 0.000); education attained (Χ 2 = 139.651, tabulated = 5.060, p = 0.000) and participation in the hunting expedition. Since the literate youths were involved, they should be empowered in modem farming practices, to disabuse their minds from hunting while the scheme is outlawed in order to curtail its negative impacts on economic and social development of participants.