Hunter Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation (3Rs) is an important issue for anyone concerned about wildlife management, conservation and the future of our hunting heritage. Current plans and efforts are being studied and implemented by the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (CAHSS) -- a consortium of sporting arm and ammunition industries, conservation organizations, NGOs and agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state fish and wildlife agencies (Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies). The Council's board meets frequently and a working group to create a 3R Action Plan is currently writing the plan for implementation by all concerned with the future of wildlife conservation in North America.

The 3Rs occur when a person develops a personal/cultural identity as a hunter (without support) and license buyer (for 5 years in a row). This takes time as a person moves from the awareness, interest and trial phases in hunting to continuation with and,then, without support. Sometimes, because of family, job, college, etc., a person "lapses" and, at some point, reengages when they can devote time to the activity once again. This is termed reactivation, and it is an important stage for many parents as they attempt to recruit their own children -- introducing them to hunting as a "WAY OF LIFE".

IHEA-USA is a member of the CAHSS working group creating the 3Rs Action Plan for the future and invites you to learn more about the 3Rs by going HERE and reviewing programs, articles and papers linked at the site.

Other references include the following links:

Meeting the Challenge to Increase Participation in Hunting and Shooting

A Final Report/Handbook to the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the International Hunter Education Association - Submitted by: Jim Wentz and Phil Seng. June 2000