Over the last few years there has been an increase in the popularity of sport hunting as well as heightened editorial and social media coverage of conservation stories, leading to polarizing views on hunting for wildlife management. This research project takes a critical look at the core ethical practices that are imperative to the sustainability of hunting, from the perspective of local hunters in British Columbia. A community-based participatory research (CBPR) methodology was utilized and semi-structured interviews with resident hunters and Indigenous peoples were conducted in order to integrate the opinions of these two groups whom are key stakeholders in the success of the province’s hunting economies. Themes of stereotyping, sustainability and inclusion were discovered. It is apparent through this research that the integration of their perspectives and knowledge of the land is central to the sustainability of both the hunting industry and the environment despite circulating discourses on hunters and hunting practices.
Kelsey L. Boulé is with the Faculty of Science, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada. Courtney W. Mason is with the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts, and Tourism, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada.