Presents list of lectures for the 2008-09 Fall-Winter Colorado College State of the Rockies speaker series: Hunting: blood sport or wildlife management tool? / Kent Ingram, Bob Goodnough, David Crawford -- Can we save Colorado’s rivers? The future of the Cache la Poudre of Northern Colorado / Gary Wockner, Brian Werner -- Wolves on the range: threat to ranching or essential wildlife management force? / Jon and Deb Robinett, Harris Sherman, Sally Wisely -- Bison in Yellowstone: pests or natural icons? / Amy McNamara.
Hunting in the West has historically been a valorous and honorable form of exploit, and yet in the present day the activity is not as commonly practiced as it once was. For people who do hunt, however, the activity is still a popular means of facilitating social interaction and enhancing the experience of the outdoors, particularly for men. This research examines the men and women involved in the subculture of hunting as they negotiate discourses around the activity and develop responses and justification narratives accordingly. Hunters respond to social structures both outside and inside the hunting subculture, combining the objective and subjective to formulate legitimization and validation tactics within a Bourdieuian field of social space and symbolic power.
Hunting licenses do not represent the true value of the sport for hunters. This study examines the monetary value hunters, resident and non-resident, place on elk hunting in Colorado and which factors affect their valuation. The contingent valuation method is used to determine this information through a survey that was posted on several internet hunting forums. A hypothetical fee increase in hunting licenses from an improvement in elk habitat is used in the survey. To elicit a response, this study uses a two part question for willingness to pay, which is different from previous studies. First, intervals are presented and then the respondent answers an open-ended question. The data obtained from the survey is analyzed using the Tobit regression method. Separate regression equations are used for resident and non-resident hunters. The study finds that Colorado resident and non-resident hunters have differing views on the amount of license fee increase they would accept and base their decision on different factors.