Non-traditional participants, mentoring and sharing information

In addition to the need for improved program planning and evaluation, it appears that additional effort toward developing programs for non-traditional participant recruitment programs and mentoring may be needed. As the ethnic and racial demographics of the United States increasingly diversify, the development of programs that connect these groups to natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities will be critical to mid- and long-term strategies aimed at increasing hunter participation.

Encouraging and developing programs that provide mentoring opportunities for new hunters, regardless of their age, are also critical near-term strategies that need additional emphasis.

The need to exchange information regarding which agencies and organizations are conducting programs, the partners involved with each, and how well the programs are working also remains critical.