Abstract

The widespread activity of recreational hunting is proposed as a means of conserving nature and supporting livelihoods. However, recreational hunting-especially trophy hunting-has come under increasing scrutiny based on ethical concerns and the arguments that it can threaten species and fail to contribute meaningfully to local livelihoods. We provide an overview of the peer-reviewed literature on recreational hunting of terrestrial birds and mammals between 1953 and 2020 (> 1,000 papers). The most-studied species are large mammals from North America, Europe, and Africa. While there is extensive research on species' ecology to inform sustainable hunting practices, there is comparably little research on the role of local perceptions and institutions in determining socioeconomic and conservation outcomes. Evidence is lacking to answer the pressing questions of where and how hunting contributes to just and sustainable conservation efforts. We outline an agenda to build this evidence base through research that recognizes diverse social-ecological contexts.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOne Earth
Volume4
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)238-253
Number of pages16
ISSN2590-3330
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2021
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

Fields of Science

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
  • PROTECTED AREAS
  • RANGE EXPANSION
  • TROPHY
  • GAME
  • HARVEST
  • DEER
  • POPULATIONS
  • LANDSCAPE
  • BENEFITS

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