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Master of Science (MS)


Wildland Resources


Gar W. Workman


This paper evaluates the present status of Utah shooting preserves with special reference to attitudes and characteristics of hunters using and not using the shooting preserves system. Data were gathered primarily by a mail questionnaire survey.

Compared to non-users, shooting preserve users were more frequently raised in a suburban or city area, better educated, and had higher yearly incomes. Shooting preserve users were commonly employed as professionals or proprietors, while non-users were often employed as craftsmen, proprietors, or operators.

Most shooting preserve hunters hunted after the state game bird season was closed, and were generally satisfied with Utah preserves. Most hunters not using shooting preserves were very critical of the system, and claimed they would never hunt on a preserve. However, most non-users knew little about shooting preserves and were interested in having information about preserves in Utah.

It was concluded that Utah shooting preserves should advertise their service, supply desired facilities, avoid crowding, keep grounds neat and clean, and stock only strong, healthy pheasants.