Grants: Hunting Heritage Partnership
Note: We will not be accepting any grant applications for the 2013-2014 cycle as we reevaluate our grant initiatives.
Previous Recipients (by year)
Winning HHP proposals. Unless noted, descriptions show what was proposed, not what resulted. We provide no analysis of results. State agencies can use this section to learn about types of HHP projects undertaken nationwide, while giving them a chance to network and discuss projects of interest.
2011: MORE THAN $480,000 AWARDED
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission--$46,560
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission--$16,992
Georgia Department of Natural Resources--$55,000
Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Restoration--$75,000
Maryland Department of Natural Resources--$39,000
Michigan Department of Natural Resources--$25,000
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation--$40,000
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife--$25,000
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources--$38,000
Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries--$75,000
Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies--$45,000
2010: MORE THAN $419,000 AWARDED
Arizona Game & Fish Department - $40,000
Department of Fish & Game - $12,500
Game and Parks Commission - $45,000
Department of Wildlife Conservation - $40,000
Department of Wildlife Conservation - $28,500
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - $87,550
Virginia Division of Natural Resources - $30,000
Department of Natural Resources - $15,600
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies - $40,000
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies - $45,000
Game & Fish Department - $35,000
2009: NEARLY $500,000 AWARDED
Arizona Game & Fish Department--$45,000
Arizona Game & Fish Department--$37,500
Maryland Department of Natural Resources,
Wildlife and Heritage Service--$27,500
Virginia Department of
Game and Inland Fisheries--$78,500
Colorado Division of Wildlife--$22,000
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife--$80,000
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources--$10,240
Florida Division of Hunting and Game Management--$58,620
Michigan Department of Natural Resources--$66,200
Idaho Department of Fish & Game--$73,500
2008: NEARLY $725,000 AWARDED
Florida - Hunt Florida: To increase hunting activity
in Florida by large numbers of state residents who have been hunting
in states other than Florida. Research will identify residents who
have been hunting out of state and why, and attempt to convince them
to hunt in Florida through a directed marketing effort.
Idaho - Increasing Idaho's Hunter Access: To obtain
access to additional land for hunters by providing various types
of compensation to landowners in the form of services, and to recruit
new landowners into the Access Yes! program.
Indiana - Development of a Direct Mail Marketing Tool to
Increase Lapsed Hunter Participation: To reactivate a
group of lapsed hunters that will be targeted with the implementation
of a direct mail marketing and advertising campaign.
Maryland - First Annual Mentored Youth Hunts: To
offer two mentored youth hunts, providing a positive hunting experience
and allowing the youngsters to interact with wildlife managers and
conservation officers, who will communicate the importance of hunting
both as recreation and as a game management tool.
Mississippi - Targeting Specific Efforts to Recruit and
Retain Hunting License Holders: A direct mail program
to encourage prior hunting license holders to re-enter the ranks
of active hunters through license purchases. Also, it will encourage
current license holders to investigate access to public hunting
land and urge veteran hunters to act as mentors for new hunters.
Mississippi - Private Lands Dove Field Program: Â Recruitment
of new hunters and hunters who have left the sport by providing dove
hunting opportunities on privately owned dove fields.
Montana - Comprehensive Approach Building on Data Mining
and Integrating Marketing Efforts: A program designed
to identify lapsed Montana big-game hunters most likely to return
to hunting and to induce their participation, as measured by license
purchases in 2008. Also the program will identify current Montana
hunters predisposed to lapsing out of hunting and reduce their
rate of doing so in 2008.
Nevada - Outreach to NV's Unsuccessful Big Game Tag Applicants:
Encouraging Participation in Underutilized Hunts: A campaign
to persuade hunters who have unsuccessfully applied for a big-game
tag to purchase a hunting license and participate in under-utilized
hunts for both big and small game. This will be accomplished through
a direct marketing program.
Nebraska - Increasing Fall Turkey License Sales and Participation: To
develop and pilot test a methodology for increasing fall turkey hunting
participation in selected Nebraska treatment areas. The goal is
to increase fall turkey hunting permit sales, involvement of lapsed
and current turkey hunters in the North Platte Region of Nebraska
and motivations of non-resident turkey hunters coming to the state.
New Hampshire - Operation Land Share: To develop
a landowner incentive program that will provide the ability to secure
and maintain hunting access to 100,000 acres of private land by December
Oklahoma - Lapsed Hunter Direct Mail Campaign: To
conduct a direct mail campaign aimed at encouraging former hunters
to pick up the sport again and purchase a hunting license in 2008.
South Carolina - Increasing SC's Hunting License Sales: Attempt
to reactivate lapsed hunters through an integrated mix of paid advertising,
direct mail, electronic communication, media relations, events and
other grass roots activities.
Wyoming - Hunting Access; Families: Why we do what we do: To
maintain and enhance the department's Private Lands Public Access
Program for hunting through enrolling private landowners into either
a Walk-in Hunting or Hunter Management Area Program.
2007: MORE THAN $466,000 AWARDED
Georgia - Increasing Hunting Participation by Investigating
Factors Related to Hunting License Sale Increases in 1992, 1999,
and 2004 Against 12 Other Years of Hunting License Sale Decline
from 1990 to 2005: Â To increase hunting participation
by investigating factors related to hunting license sales increases
in 1992, 1999 and 2004, against 12 other years of hunting license
sales decline, from 1990 to 2005.
Kansas - Understanding Landowner Attitudes in Populated
Areas: A Targeted Approached to Remove Barriers and Expand Hunting
Access in Kansas: Develop an understanding of landowner
attitudes in the populated areas of eastern Kansas, and expand
the proven "Walk-in Hunting Access" program to increase
opportunities to hunt on private land in that part of the state.
Montana - Investigating the Effectiveness of Targeted Hunter
Retention/Recruitment and Integrated: To increase participation
of lapsed big game hunters and youths who have been certified in
hunter safety, who live in the same households, through targeted
Oklahoma - Oklahoma Apprentice License Marketing Campaign: To
conduct a comprehensive communications campaign aimed at recruiting
new hunters, and to encourage them to purchase an Apprentice Hunting
License. Goal is to recruit 10,000 new hunters in the first year
these licenses are offered.
South Carolina - Increasing South Carolina's Hunting License
Sales: To increase hunting license sales through a detailed,
integrated hunter recruitment and retention campaign based on comprehensive
Tennessee - Participation in Hunting Phase 3: Continue
to provide thousands of men, women and youths the opportunity to
take part in a traditional Tennessee dove hunt. Over the last two
years, the agency has made available hundreds of public fields for
dove hunting, open multiple days, across the state.
Tennessee - Using and Intergrated Marketing Approach to
Increasing Hunting License Sales: To increase hunting
license sales through implementation of an integrated marketing
campaign. Specifically, to encourage lapsed deer hunting license
buyers to buy one or more types of deer hunting licenses in 2007.
The campaign will also attempt to get 2006 license buyers to upgrade
the type of license they buy in 2007.
Washington - Recruiting and Retaining Hunters in Washington
Through Improved Hunting Opportunities: To recruit and
retain upland bird and waterfowl hunters through improved hunting
opportunities. To increase public access to quality small game
hunting on public and private land through the newly established "Quality
Hunting Sites" program.
Wyoming - PLPW Hunting Access Program: To continue
the Private Lands Public Access Program, which maintains or enhances
public access to private and landlocked public lands for hunting.
The department enrolls private landowners in either a "Walk-in
Hunting" or "Hunter Management Area" program.
2006: MORE THAN $385,000 AWARDED
Idaho -- Idaho's Hunter Access to Public Lands: Survey
hunters, landowners, program coordinators and steering committee
members to evaluate overall success of Idaho's ACCESS YES! program.
ACCESS YES! creates public hunting opportunities on and across private
lands, with a goal of using easements and leases to acquire access
to 700,000 acres of public land through private property by March
Maryland -- Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunts: Increase
the percentage of hunter education students who become active hunters.
Surveys will help identify those who have not transitioned into hunting.
Targeted advertising will encourage their participation in a mentored
youth pheasant hunt, and educate them on how to pursue hunting beyond
the introductory stages. Evaluate success.
Nebraska -- An Evaluation of Demographics and Marketing: Assess
data from the state's hunting license sales database, evaluate demographics
and marketing potential, review relevant research from other states,
and develop a marketing plan to increase hunting participation in
New Hampshire -- Missing Links, Providing Advanced Hunter
Education and Incentives to Encourage Participation in the Active
Hunting Community: Increase the number of students at
hunter education courses, and increase the number of graduates
actually transitioning into hunting. New direct mail, sales and
other promotions will provide detailed information on how to get
started, how to purchase equipment and licenses, and other identified
barriers to participation.
Ohio -- Evaluating the Effectiveness of Large Incentives
to Increase Hunter Participation: Evaluate the effectiveness
of large incentives to increase hunter participation. A predictive
model will help identify hunters likely to lapse in 2006. In conjunction
with outdoor gear retailers, agency will use direct mail promotions
to offer incentives for purchasing a new hunting license. Prizes
will be awarded through a Web-based drawing system. Follow-up analysis
will measure the effectiveness of the overall campaign.
Tennessee -- A multi-faceted approach to increasing participation
in dove hunting: Create additional hunting access through
a dove field lease program, and then promote dove-hunting opportunities
to multiple audiences.
Tennessee -- Increasing Hunting License Sales in Tennessee: The
agency will launch a six-phase marketing and education campaign to
recruit and retain license-buying hunters. A model for this campaign
was developed with measurable success in Iowa by the fishing and
Vermont -- Evaluating Recruitment and Retention Impacts: Evaluate
the effectiveness of youth hunting seasons in recruiting new hunters.
Working with hunting license vendors and other sources, agency personnel
will gather baseline data on the number of participants in youth
hunting seasons. Surveys will measure attitudes and preferences about
the program, as well as continued hunting activity by former participants.
Wisconsin -- Expanding Wisconsin's Learn to Hunt Program: Expand
the scope of the existing Learn to Hunt program, which utilizes a
variety of approaches to recruit newcomers, especially youth. The
agency plans to add events and partners, build a network of volunteers,
and expand the visibility of the program.
Wyoming -- Wyoming's Walk in & Hunter Management Access
Program Providing Hunters a Place to Go: Launch extensive
advertising and public relations initiatives to promote free hunting
access programs. Audio, video and print components are planned.
The goal is enhancing public awareness of the agency's Walk-in
and Hunter Management Access programs, existing successful programs
that providing hunters with a place to go.
2005: MORE THAN $420,000 AWARDED
Alaska - Recruitment, mentoring and clinics: Alaska
received two grants for two separate hunter recruitment efforts:
one for $15,296; and one for $15,000. The first will be used to help
identify strategies to recruit new hunters-particularly from the
state's urban areas-and to develop a network of experienced hunters
to take newcomers into the field and mentor them. The second will
help fund a series of hunting clinics aimed at recruiting new small-game
hunters. A brochure promoting small-game hunting opportunities in
the state will also be created.
Connecticut - Junior Pheasant Hunting Day: Connecticut
received $11,562 to help increase participation of private hunting
clubs in the state's Junior Pheasant Hunting Day program. Connecticut
officials said 25 more clubs can be added to the program this year
because of the grant. This year, the program will give 625 young,
beginner hunters the opportunity to hunt in a controlled environment
in the company of experienced adult mentors.
Florida - Survey and planning for 2005 Summit: Florida
received $15,000 to help fund a survey and planning efforts for the
2005 Summit on the Future of Hunting in Florida. The survey's results
will play a key role at the summit by asking Florida's licensed hunters
to identify major issues facing the future of hunting in the state.
The summit will bring hunters and organizations together to help
secure the state's hunting heritage.
Indiana - Annual Small Game Hunting Day for Youth: Indiana
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee received $18,110 to create
an annual small-game hunting day for Indiana youths. The event will
be a first for the state. The program will initially focus on finding
organizations willing to participate. Secondarily, it will supply
them with the resources to get involved. Pre-hunt and posthunt analysis
will help measure the event's successes.
Montana - Waterfowl hunter R&R: Montana received
$55,000 for a project designed to enhance waterfowl hunter retention
and recruitment. The goal is to better understand the relationship
between hunting regulations and hunter participation and satisfaction.
Identifying trends associated with regulations and participation
will be key in making more informed and effective management decisions
and will provide a stronger platform for retaining existing hunters
and recruiting new hunters.
Nebraska - Youth Mentored Hunt Access and Management Program: Nebraska
received $45,000 to develop the Youth Mentored Hunt Access and Management
Program. The program will provide accessible lands specifically for
youth hunting. A Web site will be created to provide a reliable source
for youths and their parents and mentors to find locations, schedule
site use and determine suitability for specific hunting needs. Once
up and running, state officials said, the program would be available
as a model for use by other state agencies.
New Hampshire - Advertising campaign: New Hampshire
received $32,000 for an advertising campaign aimed at increasing
hunter education attendees and awareness of hunting in the state.
The state plans to use NSSF's Original Outdoor Challenge advertising
campaign on cable television networks, in selected print media and
along the Interstate 93 corridor south of Manchester. The campaign
is geared toward potential hunters ages 18 to 35. The state will
also conduct follow- up surveys with recent hunter education graduates
to gain an understanding of barriers facing the new hunter in New
Hampshire and to develop and distribute a publication to the graduates
about the next steps in becoming a hunter.
North Carolina - R&R symposium: North Carolina received $15,000 to conduct a symposium aimed at increasing hunter participation and retaining existing hunters in the state. During the event, a group of people with wildlife, education and hunting backgrounds will come together to discuss potential solutions, which will ultimately be used to develop a hunter recruitment and retention program tailored to the state. Contact: Susie Fish, hunting recruitment and retention coordinator, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, (919) 733-3391, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio - Promotional campaign: Ohio received $31,500
for a promotional campaign targeting the state's hunters likely to
lapse in 2005. Postcard reminders will encourage these hunters to
take part in the state's fall hunting seasons. The department will
later attempt to measure the campaign's effectiveness.
South Dakota - Increase visibility of public access: South
Dakota received $35,000 to increase visibility of the state's school
trust lands available for hunting. The grant will fund the posting
of signs on 700 miles of school trust lands with the greatest hunting
access potential. By marking boundaries and notifying hunters of
accessible land, South Dakota hopes to increase hunting opportunities
for many species-deer, turkey, antelope and prairie grouse-and will
in turn benefit state hunting license sales.
Tennessee - Dove Field Lease Program and youth hunts: Tennessee
received $42,000 to help increase dove hunting opportunities and
participation among youths and families in the state. By marketing
its Dove Field Lease Program to prospective landowners, the department
hopes to increase access for hunters. Also, special dove hunting
events for youths and their parents and mentors will be planned,
and hunting opportunities will be promoted to recent hunter education
graduates as well as youths involved in NSSF's Scholastic Clay Target
Texas - Hunter Education Deferral Program: Texas
received $6,000 for hunter education recruitment efforts. The grant
will be used to measure the effectiveness of the state's Hunter Education
Deferral Program, which allows novice hunters ages 17 and older to
hunt without completing hunter education for up to one year if they
are accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. The grant also will help
develop a hunter education short course. The course, to be taught
by outside instructors trained by the department's hunter education
staff, would add convenience for potential hunters.
Vermont - Hunting symposium: Vermont received
$15,000 to hold a symposium on the future of hunting in Vermont.
The project will bring together key organizations and individuals
to develop a vision and framework for the recruitment of new hunters,
retention of existing hunters and increasing hunting opportunities
in the state.
Virginia - GIS mapping system: Virginia received
$36,400 to create an interactive, Internet-based mapping program
that will provide users with all they need to know about hunting
opportunities. The site will include statewide public hunting land
locations, wildlife management areas and leased lands, game species
information and densities, historical harvest data, hunting regulations,
aerial photography and topographic and road maps. The grant will
also be used to expand outreach and promotional efforts to prospective
hunting groups, including youths, novices and female hunters.
Wyoming - Private Lands, Public Wildlife: Wyoming
received $35,000 to supplement its Private Lands, Public Wildlife
program. Funds will go directly to promotional and educational materials
for the program, which works with private landowners to gain access
to private or landlocked public lands. Since 1998, the program has
added 354 landowners and 482,396 acres for walk-in hunting access,
and 578,672 acres in hunter management areas.
2004: MORE THAN $470,000 AWARDED
Alabama - Mentoring program: Alabama received $45,000
for a program to match novice hunters with mentors. Coupled with
a statewide advertising campaign, the program offers participating
mentors certificates, prizes and recognition. Alabama officials expect
the program to have the dual effect of enhancing both recruitment
California - SHARE Program: California received
$50,000 for the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement
(SHARE) Program. This program is designed to increase public hunting
opportunities throughout California, recruit and retain hunters,
promote habitat conservation and foster cooperation among landowners,
sportsmen, conservation groups and the California Department of Fish
Hawaii - Increasing hunting access: Hawaii received
$47,560 for a program designed to increase hunting access and participation.
The program will use special maps to identify land ownership patterns
and provide funding for which to negotiate public hunting access
leases with selected landowners.
Michigan - R&R program: Michigan received
$66,978 to develop a new program to recruit newcomers, retain existing
hunters and evaluate the state's hunting access programs. Promotional
materials, in the form of educational kits, will be distributed to
outdoor and hunting groups.
Nevada - Family Hunt Opportunity: Nevada received
$25,000 for continuation of its Family Hunt Opportunity program.
This year Nevada Division of Wildlife will expand on last year's
NSSF grant, developing strategies and materials to promote hunting
opportunities on both public and private lands and evaluate subsequent
results. The agency's goal is to increase hunting participation by
5 percent over the next five years.
New Hampshire - Direct-mail campaign: New Hampshire
received $22,000 for a direct-mail campaign targeting lapsed hunters
encouraging them to purchase a hunting license. By communicating
directly with lapsed hunters, the state could potentially bring 8,000
to 10,000 sportsmen and women back into the ranks of active hunters.
Ohio - Promotional information: Ohio received
$45,500 for development of promotional information for distribution
to hunters whose licenses are expected to lapse in 2004 to 2005.
Officials also will measure the effectiveness of the campaign. The
goal is not only maintaining numbers of hunting license holders,
but also increasing the hunting activity of license holders.
Pennsylvania - Landowners survey: Pennsylvania
received $87,000 for a comprehensive survey of active and recently
lapsed landowners in a program designed to provide hunters with access
to private lands. The survey will help officials improve the program,
thereby increasing participation by the hunting public. The funds
will also be used for mapping all hunting areas in the state to assist
hunters in locating open areas in their vicinity.
South Carolina - Hunting heritage trailer: South
Carolina received $16,000 for its Take One, Make One hunting heritage
trailer. The trailer is a mass communications tool that exposes visitors
to the hunting and shooting sports. Live-fire practice sessions will
be scheduled for enrolled students. A goal of the program is increasing
the number of students and mentors involved in Take One, Make One
Vermont - Direct-mail campaign: Vermont received
$6,000 for a direct-mail appeal to potential hunters. The appeal
will promote the sport and drive traffic to an associated Web site,
where additional information can be obtained. The campaign is expected
to stabilize or slightly increase hunting license sales in 2004.
Virginia - Comprehensive recruitment and retention: Virginia
received $21,910 for a comprehensive program to recruit and retain
hunters. A New Hunter Starter Kit, series of species-specific workshops,
access mapping, promotional materials and actual hunting trips in
conjunction with non-profit organizations are among the program's
Wisconsin - Youth pheasant hunt and public access: Wisconsin
received two grants, one for $7,000; and one for $10,000. The first
will help fund the states inaugural youth pheasant hunt. Over the
long term, this program is expected to increase the number of pheasant
hunters by providing a safe initiation with a high probability of
encountering game. The second grant will be used to expand the state's
leased public hunting access program. Over 18,000 acres of private
lands will be opened for hunting in 2004.
Wyoming - Private Lands, Public Wildlife: Wyoming
received $25,000 to supplement its Private Lands, Public Wildlife
program. Funds will go directly into easements that provide public
access to private lands, or landlocked public lands, as well as promotional
information. Officials expect increased hunter opportunity to result,
which will translate to additional hunters.
2003: MORE THAN $500,000 AWARDED
Alabama - Youth dove hunting: Alabama received
$26,000 for its mentored youth dove hunting program which, before
receiving this grant, had introduced more than 778 young people to
the excitement and traditions of hunting. With 43 percent of these
youth being first-time shooters, the program has been recognized
by experts as one of the most successful new hunter recruitment programs
in the nation.
Connecticut - Funding pheasants: Connecticut received
$10,625 to provide pheasants to private fish and game clubs that
sponsor special Junior Pheasant Hunting Days. This program, a partnership
effort between the state agency and private clubs, allows young Connecticut
hunters between the ages of 12 and 16 the opportunity to participate
in a pheasant hunt without the pressure of other hunters and provides
valuable safety training for junior licensed hunters.
Georgia - Direct-mail campaign: Georgia received
$2,600 for a special direct mail campaign to remind and encourage
current and new hunters to purchase a hunting license and take advantage
of the Peach State's many hunting opportunities. This program will
include efforts to ascertain the percentage of lapsed hunters and
the percentage of hunter education graduates that take up hunting.
[NSSF awarded this grant to Georgia, but due to circumstances beyond
the agency's control, the agency wasn't able to accept or act on
Indiana - Youth pheasant hunts: Indiana received
$59,750 to create a pilot program to test effective recruitment and
retention strategies for youth through two youth pheasant hunts.
The goal is to increase participation among young hunter education
course graduates with little or no social support for hunting.
Iowa - Hunt Master: Iowa received $7,000 for the
Hunt Master program which provides physically challenged sportsmen
with greater hunting opportunities through the use of the portable
hydraulic hunting blind called a Hunt Master. Grant funds will allow
Iowa to double the number of Iowa sportsmen served by the department
by making available a second unit covering other areas of the state
and reducing transportation time.
Massachusetts - Youth Hunt Program: Massachusetts
received $19,000 for the Youth Hunt Program that provides young sportsmen
and women hunting opportunities they might not otherwise have. Grant
funds will allow the state to double the number of young sportsmen
and women taking part in the program and fund development of a Youth
Hunt Kit, which will be used to promote youth hunts through partnerships
with sportsmen's clubs.
Minnesota - PSA radio campaign: Minnesota received
$15,000 for a PSA radio campaign that will promote hunting in the
state with the goal of increasing hunter participation. The campaign
will emphasize not just the benefits of hunting but also the resulting
conservation impact of sportsmen and women.
Nebraska - Communications campaign: Nebraska received
$30,000 for a communications effort, with key partners, promoting
hunting in the state with the goal of increasing hunter participation.
The campaign will emphasize not just the benefits of hunting but
also the resulting conservation impact of sportsmen and women.
Nevada - Family Hunt Opportunity: Nevada received
$25,000 for the Family Hunt Opportunity program, which offers clinics
teaching hunter safety and responsibility, landowner relations, finding
game and shooting skills practice. The clinics will be coupled with
an agency-sponsored hunt for hunter education graduates and their
parents, providing a trial hunting experience and social support
for new hunters.
New Hampshire - Direct-mail campaign: New Hampshire received $32,000 for a direct-mail campaign targeting lapsed hunters encouraging them to purchase a hunting license. By communicating directly with lapsed hunters, the state could potentially bring 8,000 to 10,000 sportsmen and women back into the ranks of active hunters. [NSSF awarded this grant to New Hampshire, but due to circumstances beyond the agency's control, the agency wasn't able to accept or act on the grant.] Contact: Judy Stokes, chief, Public Affairs Division, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, (603) 271-3211, email@example.com
New Jersey - Outdoor Skills Day: New Jersey received
$16,850 for an Outdoor Skills Day program designed to recruit 1,000
new hunters through a one-day event for non-licensed residents. The
event will provide attendees with the opportunity to develop their
hunting skills to become responsible, ethical sportsmen and women.
Ohio - Private landowners survey: Ohio received
$30,000 for a survey of private landowners that will identify key
barriers to accessing prime hunting lands that hunters face. Barriers
to access are a major factor impacting hunting participation and
state revenue from expenditures by hunters. Ohio's survey will provide
valuable insights on how the agency can address these issues in a
Oklahoma - Marketing campaign: Oklahoma received
$20,000 to develop a hunter retention and recruitment marketing campaign
utilizing direct mail and the state's databases. The campaign will
focus on existing hunters and households with multiple hunters, especially
those with children of hunting age. The marketing effort will also
identify key messages likely to motivate sportsmen and women to purchase
licenses and hunt.
Pennsylvania - Sportsmen's survey: Pennsylvania
received $74,800 for a comprehensive survey of the state's sportsmen
that will help guide decisions by wildlife biologists to provide
greater hunting opportunities and better wildlife management for
Pennsylvanians. The funds also will help accelerate plans for mapping
all hunting areas in the state, which will assist hunters locate
open hunting acreage in their vicinity.
Tennessee - Walk-in Hunter Access Program: Tennessee
received $40,500 to address the need for access to quality hunting
lands by using HHP funds to establish a walk-in hunting access pilot
program in western Tennessee, increase hunting access on private
lands and study the feasibility of establishing a statewide walk-in
Texas - Youth hunting program: Texas received $38,000
to expand the youth hunting program by offering special 3-day hunts
to an additional 250 youth and retain to these new hunters with hunts
offered in the later years. The program will also recruit and retain
parents and hunters to participate in the program.
Washington - GoHunt GIS mapping: Washington received
$48,867 for increasing the number of upland gamebird hunters by using
the funds to increase access to, and awareness of, quality upland
hunting on private lands. The state will look to secure a minimum
of 30,000 acres to be leased for the purpose of public hunting access.
[The scope of this project expanded and funding was used to develop
a GIS mapping system called GoHunt to map and provide information
on public and private access areas throughout all of Washington.]
West Virginia - Equipment for physically challenged: West
Virginia received $14,000 to recruit and retain physically challenged
hunters through the purchase and use of special adaptive equipment.
Additionally, the state will develop a group of instructors with
special skills to assist the state's physically challenged residents
through the hunter education system and out into the field on hunts.
Many states have successfully developed HHP projects. Select projects are presented here as case studies to help assist you as you develop your program.