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A wild controversy: cooperation and competition among landowners, hunters, and other outdoor recreational land-users in Denmark

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

This paper examines cooperation and competition among landowners, hunters, and other outdoor recreational land-users in Denmark in relation to recreational hunting. The study used an internet-based questionnaire, sent to representative samples of, respectively, the Danish public (n = 1001), hunters (n = 1130) and landowners (n = 1207). A series of qualitative interviews with a sample of landowners and hunters determined their approach to conflict management. The findings showed that relatively few negative encounters take place between hunters and other users compared to the frequency of such incidents between other outdoor recreational users. The relatively low levels of conflict may be explained by the more collaborative approach taken by hunters and landowners (who provide hunting opportunities) and the low degree of interdependence between hunters and other recreational users. Information about conflicts and ways of handling them may help predict and address future sites of potential negative interactions between different user groups and hunters, given changes in land management or policy-making. The article proposes a revised analytical framework for analyzing such conflicts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLand Use Policy
Volume59
Pages (from-to)197–206
Number of pages10
ISSN0264-8377
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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