A Call for More Nuanced Dialogues About Trophy Hunting
Vernon C. Bleich, R. Terry Bowyer, Jim Heffelfinger, Kelley M Stewart , Paula A White Carl D Mitchell Journal of Wildlife Management 2021
Reported effects of trophy harvest often are controversial. The subject is nuanced and many studies lack details necessary to place their results in context. Consequently, many studies are misunderstood or their conclusions misapplied. We propose that all dialogues about trophy hunting include a definition of how they use the term trophy, details of variables measured and why they were selected, and explanations of temporal and spatial scales employed. Only with these details can potential effects of trophy hunting be understood in context and used for management and policy decisions.