Hunting

Researcher(s): Nicole H. McCoy, Doug Reiter, and John Briem
Summary:Utah's Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) program began as a pilot program in 1990 and was codified by the Utah Legislature in 1994. The CWMU program was established with the intent of satisfying several objectives: (1) provide income for landowners, (2) create satisfying hunting opportunities, (3) increase wildlife habitat, (4) provide adequate trespass protection for landowners who open their lands for hunting, and (5) increase access to private lands for big game hunting (Messmer, Dixon, Shields, Barras, & Schroeder, 1998). The program has been functioning for over a decade and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Jack H. Berryman Institute sought to assess the status of the program in terms of the five objectives from the CWMU participant's perspective. The goal of this research was to provide insight into the CWMU program from the landowner and operator's perspective, including CWMU characteristics and organization, participant demographics, management and services, revenues and costs, and participant motivations and satisfaction.
Utah's Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit Program: A Survey of Hunters
Date: August 27, 2003
Call Number: N/A
Researcher(s): Nicole H. McCoy, Doug Reiter, John Briem, Lou Cornicelli
Summary:Utah's Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) program began as a pilot program in 1990 and was codified by the Utah Legislature in 1994.  The CWMU program was established with the intent of satisfying several objectives: (1) provide income for landowners, (2) create satisfying hunting opportunities, (3) increase wildlife habitat, (4) provide adequate trespass protection for landowners who open their lands for hunting, and (5) increase access to private lands for big game hunting (Messmer, Dixon, Shields, Barras, & Schroeder, 1998).  The program has been functioning for over a decade and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Jack H. Berryman Institute sought to assess the status of the program in terms of how it is satisfying the second objective, hunter satisfaction.  The goal of this research was to identify who is hunting on CWMU lands, to compare the experience of CWMU public draw and privately permitted hunters, and to assess the difference between resident and non-resident hunters.