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1 March 2017 Hunters’ preferences and willingness to pay for driven hunts in southern Europe
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Abstract

Context. Driven hunts exemplify the most representative form of big-game hunting in southern Europe.

Aims. We analysed hunter preferences for driven hunts and the marginal willingness to pay for their characteristics.

Methods. We conducted a discrete-choice experiment for driven hunts, taking into account the number of deer that could be hunted, the possibility of free-range wild-boar hunting, the presence of trophies, and other characteristics of driven hunts, such as congestion and travel time.

Key results. The highest influential driven-hunt characteristic on the utility of big-game hunters is the presence of trophy specimens, whereas for the small-game hunter it would be free-range wild-boar hunting.

Conclusions. Small-game hunters are reluctant to participate in the big-game market because of cultural factors and not because of budgetary restrictions.

Implications. Wildlife management and marketing of driven hunts can be improved taking into account the hunter preferences.

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Mario Soliño, Begoña A. Farizo, and Pablo Campos "Hunters’ preferences and willingness to pay for driven hunts in southern Europe," Wildlife Research 43(8), 649-654, (1 March 2017). https://doi.org/10.1071/WR16044
Received: 29 July 2015; Accepted: 1 November 2016; Published: 1 March 2017
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