AN OVERVIEW OF A HUNTER OPINION SURVEY OF SATISFACTION WITH THE ONTARIO MOOSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Several changes have been made to the adult moose tag allocation system, since the Selective Harvest System was implemented in Ontario, in 1983. The last of these changes was the initiation of a group application process in 1992. This study was the most recent effort to determine hunter satisfaction with Ontario’s moose management system. A sample of 3,783 hunters was surveyed about their opinions regarding the moose management system. The study identified several areas of satisfaction and dissatisfaction with management aspects, such as group applications, tag quota ratios (hunters applying versus available tags), two-pool lottery draw, and hunting regulations. While hunters supported selective harvest and lottery draw, there was evidence that hunters were confused by the complexity of the system. The hunters’ lack of understanding of how the moose management system operates, may be a major cause of their dissatisfaction.
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