Hunting and Angling
Academics Afield (AA) is a program that compliments state-level recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) efforts, specifically targeting college students from nontraditional backgrounds, with the goal of introducing them to hunting and shooting sports. Program partners include state wildlife federations such as NCWF, which coordinate with state natural resource agencies and university partners to teach wildlife-related curriculum and organize community-based mentored hunting and shooting events. The AA model focuses on the hunting of game species that have limited barriers for participation and current program results show that participants are more likely to come from non-hunting backgrounds and fall outside of the current demographics of hunters that participate in other hunter recruitment programs. Additionally, participants are likely to continue hunting and feel well equipped to do so after completing the program.
NCWF is always looking for new hunting and shooting mentors as well as access to private property where instructional and hunting events can occur. Please join us in supporting wildlife conservation!
Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (R3)
Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (R3) efforts work to ensure there’s a continuous stream of funding available for wildlife conservation and management in the future. Much of the on-the-ground conservation work that’s been done for decades has resulted from excise taxes on equipment purchased for traditional hunting, angling, and shooting sports. As the number of active hunters and anglers decline across the country, the amount of funding available for wildlife conservation and management decreases. R3 programs hope to reverse this trend.
NCWF has been supporting R3 efforts through hosting annual deer hunting and processing seminars and Getting Started Outdoors (GSO) events in partnership with NC Wildlife Resources Commission. These seminars and events teach interested individuals and beginners the basics of hunting, how hunting benefits wildlife, and they inspire participants to adopt positive hunting ethics, attitudes, and behaviors. The GSO programs provide those who’ve never hunted and have no support system (i.e., they do now know anyone who hunts) an opportunity to immerse themselves in a full one-day skills workshop and a one-on-one mentored hunting experience. NCWF hopes to continue to broaden and diversify the hunting-angling-wildlife conservation community as many groups are currently under-represented (e.g., women, racial/ethnic minorities, urban residents) while reengaging non-active hunters and anglers, further ensuring wildlife are healthy and protected for generations to come.