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Harvest of Fish and Wildlife
New Paradigms for Sustainable Management

ISBN 9781032002002
Published June 7, 2021 by CRC Press
482 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Harvest of Fish and Wildlife: New Paradigms for Sustainable Management unites experts in wildlife and fishery sciences for an interdisciplinary overview of harvest management. This book presents unique insights for embracing the complete social-ecological system to ensure a sustainable future. It educates users on evolutionary and population dynamics; social and political influences; hunter and angler behavior; decision processes; impacts of regulations; and stakeholder involvement.


  • Written by twenty-four teams of leading scientists and managers.
  • Promotes transparent justification for fishing and hunting regulations.
  • Provides examples for integrating decision making into management.
  • Emphasizes creativity in management by integrating art and science.

This book appeals to population biologists, evolutionary biologists and social scientists. It is a key resource for on-the-ground managers and research scientists developing harvesting applications.

As the book’s contributors explain:

  • “Making decisions that are robust to uncertainty…is a paradigm shift with a lot of potential to improve outcomes for fish and wildlife populations.” –Andrew Tyre and Brigitte Tenhumberg
  • “Temporal shifts in system states…must somehow be anticipated and dealt with to derive harvest policies that remain optimal in the long term.” –Michael Conroy
  • “Proactive, effective management of sportspersons…will be essential in the new paradigm of harvest management.” –Matthew Gruntorad and Christopher Chizinski

Table of Contents

Section 1: Setting Regulations 

Section 1A: Harvest Management Paradigms 

1. Some Perspectives on the Development of a Paradigm for Modern Harvest Management  

Mike Conroy

2. The Social and Political Context of Harvest Management 

Tim Hiller, Roger Applegate and Larkin Powell

3. Linking Social and Ecological Components to Spatial and Temporal Components of Harvest 

Mark Kaemingk, Larkin Powell, Mark Vrtiska et al.

4. Hunter and Angler Behavior in Harvest Management 

Matt Gruntorad and Chris Chizinski

5. Expanding Participation in Recreational Fishing Through Multiple License Markets 

Richard Melstrom

6. Marketing and Ecological Models to Predict Permit-Purchasing Behavior of Sportspersons 

Katherine Graham, Chris Chizinski, Nat Price et al.

Section 1B: Harvest Management Decision Processes 

7. A Decision-Analytical Framework for Developing Harvest Regulations 

Mike Runge

8. Engaging Hunters in Selecting Duck Season Dates Using Decision Science: Problem Framing, Objective Setting, Devising Management Alternatives  

Angela Fuller, Josh Stiller, William F. Siemer et al.

9. Using Structured Decision Making to Incorporate Ecological and Social Values into Harvest Decisions: Case Studies of White-Tailed Deer and Walleye 

Kelly Robinson, Angela Fuller and Mike Jones

10. Structured Decision Making Provides Insight When Selecting Population-Monitoring Programs  

Jonathan Cummings and Chris Bernier

11. Making Harvest Management Decisions Robust to Uncertainty  

Drew Tyre and Brigitte Tenhumberg

Section 2: Harvest Outcomes 

Section 2A: Evolutionary and Population Dynamics for Harvested Species 

12. How Regulations Can Affect the Evolutionary Impacts of Recreational Harvests on Fish and Mammals 

Marco Festa‐Bianchet and Robert Arlinghaus

13. Harvest Regulations in Evolving Fisheries 

Lyndsie Wszola and Joseph TJ Fontaine

14. Individual Heterogeneity in Annual Survival: Quantifying the “Doomed Surplus” 

Todd Arnold

Section 2B: Efficacies of Harvest Regulations 

15. Direct and Indirect Effects of Harvest Regulations on Wildlife Populations 

Tyler Harms and Stephen Dinsmore

16. What to Exploit When You’re Exploiting: Angling Rates and Size Selection Responses to Changing Bag Limits 

Zachary Feiner, Alexander Latzka and Max Wolter

17. Shifting Angler Harvest Behaviors: A Case Study Using Largemouth Bass 

Andrea Sylvia, Mike Weber and Brandon Maahs

18. Harvest as A Tool to Manage Populations of Undesirable Or Overabundant Fish and Wildlife 

Craig Paukert, Lisa Webb, Drew Fowler et al.

19. The Efficacy of Antler Harvest Regulations in Meeting Management Objectives 

Daniel Morina, Josh Millspaugh, Christopher Hansen et al.

Section 3: Management Alternatives 

Section 3A: Harvest Regulation Paradigms for Wildlife and Fisheries 

20. Harvest Management of Migratory Game Birds 

Mark Vrtiska

21. Upland Game Bird Harvest Management 

Dave Dahlgren, R. Dwayne Elmore, Christian A. Hagen et al.

22. The Future of Managing Ungulate Species: White-Tailed Deer as A Case Study 

Duane Diefenbach, William M. Knox and Christopher S. Rosenberry

23. Harvest Management of Furbearers 

Tim Hiller, Roger Applegate and Mike O'Brien

24. Harvest Regulations for Inland Recreational Fisheries 

Scott Gangl

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Kevin Pope earned his PhD in biological sciences at South Dakota State University and is leader of the U.S. Geological Survey—Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also serves as professor for the School of Natural Resources. Dr. Pope's research program concentrates on understanding complex social-ecological systems, especially inland recreational fisheries. He has written more than 115 journal articles. Dr. Pope received the Award of Excellence from the Fisheries Management Section of the American Fisheries Society for inspirational leadership in the fishery profession.


Larkin Powell earned his PhD in ecology at the University of Georgia and is a professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also serves as Associate Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Dr. Powell's research program focuses on landscape dynamics, animal demography and movements, and decisions made by private landowners. He has written more than 120 journal articles and authored, coauthored, or contributed to seven books.  Dr. Powell received the Excellence in Wildlife Education Award from The Wildlife Society.