A Socio-Economic Evaluation of Recreational Whitetail Deer and Moose Hunting in Northwestern Saskatchewan

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  • Hunting is an important recreational activity in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management estimates there were approximately 102 028 big game hunting licenses purchased for the 1992/93 hunting season, with over 95 612 participants. The big game species include Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer, Moose, Elk, Bear and Antelope. Revenue from these big game licenses was $4 380 581.69; a further $356 876.80 was received from game bird licenses. Of the $4 380 581.69 spent on big game hunting licence sales. The Survey on the importance of Wildlife Deer licence sales and $411 695.31 came from Moose licence sales. The Survey on the importance of Wildlife to Canadians in 1991 states that there were %4 955 big game hunters and the mean total expenditure on big game hunting, per participant, was $590.38. This indicates that over $32 444 332.90 was spent on hunting by Saskatchewan residents. Clearly, hunting is an important recreational activity in Saskatchewan, and Whitetail Deer and Moose hunting play an important role in recreational hunting in this province. A study was proposed to estimate how the benefits of recreational hunting in Northwestern Saskatchewan would change if the forest structure changed with forestry operations. To gather this information a survey was developed to examine the characteristics of Whitetail Deer and Moose hunters, and their attitudes and perceptions of hunting in Saskatchewan. In this study the social and economic elements of hunting were examined to help define the demand for hunting opportunities in Saskatchewan (Northwestern Saskatchewan in particular). What did hunters look for when choosing a hunting site in Saskatchewan? Where did recreational hunters go? How often? How would hunting enjoyment be affected by changes in wildlife habitat? The answers to these questions will provide information on recreational hunting demand and the attitudes and values of recreational hunters. This information will be useful in resource planning decisions, in particular, in areas where natural resource extraction is taking place. This report supplies the reader with the descriptive results from the Saskatchewan Whitetail Deer and Moose hunting surveys. In the future, research models will be developed to determine the value of recreational hunting in Northwestern Saskatchewan and to determine how these benefits will change with a changing forest structure scenario.

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