Hunters as “stewards of the land”
Hunting in modern societies has received limited attention from the social sciences, and few studies contribute to the understanding of hunting as a social practice.
As part of the EU-funded project “HUNTing for sustainability” a group of researchers has studied how hunters in Norway, Scotland, Croatia and Spain understand their role in nature, and how they relate to conservation.
According to Ketil Skogen, who is coordinating these studies, a basic thought among hunters is that nature needs to be managed – not only for people’s sake, but for nature’s own sake because humans have already interfered with nature through thousands of years of modification of habitat and wildlife populations.
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