The Hunter

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1-931832-89-7
Author: Bob Norton, Ph.D.


The Hunter:

Developmental Stages and Ethics

by Bob Norton, Ph.D.

This book challenges hunters to evaluate their personal motivations, behaviors, and ethics compared to 5,000 hunters who were participants in a pioneering research study. The study examined why hunters hunt, what they experience when hunting, and how they feel about laws, ethics, hunting groups, hunting methods, and numerous other subjects. The results provide one of the most in-depth and revealing examinations of North American hunting ever done.

"Every hunter should read this book. Each of us who hunts needs to reflect on our own ethics and remind ourselves of the privilege and responsibility we have as hunters. Read, enjoy, remember, and react as we project a positive image of hunting."

—Oscar Durkee, Avid upland hunter, waterfowler, and whitetail hunter

“I was privileged to be included in the original research project as well as participating in follow-up workshops for hunter education instructors. The date and conclusions from the research and its impact on hunters and hunter education instructors are phenomenal.”

—Homer Moe, Retired Administrator of Wisconsin Hunter Education Program, Law Enforcement Division, Wisconsin Department of National Resources

“This book will help all of who hunt to think about our own hunting practices. It will also be an invaluable tool for hunter education instructors as they perfect their lessons to include safe hunting practices and exemplary ethics. This book is a valuable contribution to hunting. A must read for all hunters.”

—Jim Dabb, Retired Administrator of Michigan Hunter Education Program, Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division

About the Author

Dr. Norton joined the faculty as a member of the psychology department at University of Wisconsin LaCrosse in 1972. He taught in the graduate program and was involved, with his colleague, the late Dr. Bob Jackson, in conducting the research program entitled ‘The Behavior, Motivation, and Ethics of the Sport Hunter’. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sanctioned the project.

Dr. Norton is an avid outdoors person. He is addicted to musky fishing as well as hunting. His favorite upland bird is the grouse as well as spending much time hunting ducks in the backwaters of the Mississippi River bottoms. He lives to bow hunt whitetails and has rifle hunted them in Wisconsin fir 54 out of the last 56 years, missing two years while serving in the Army.


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