Tyler Caffrey


Major: Environmental Studies Faculty

Advisor: Michelle Land

Department of Environmental Studies and Science

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The world is currently in a biodiversity crisis and hunting contests cannot continue. Hunting contests are not legitimate wildlife management tools, but exist for entertainment and killing for a prize. Many of the species targeted can be killed without bag limits. Additionally, many wildlife management practices are retroactive, meaning they are in response to an issue. Within New York State, these contests are not regulated by the NYSDEC beyond adhering to hunting regulations. With these factors together, animals targeted by these contests can be hunted to a detrimental point, and then management agencies would step in. These contests face significant public opposition, even within the hunting community. Hunting contests must be addressed to put an end to an unnecessary and excessive practice.