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Moving from intentions to actions for collecting hunting bag statistics at the European scale: some methodological insights

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  • Philippe Aubry, OFB - Office Français de la Biodiversité - Direction Surveillance
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  • Matthieu Guillemain, OFB - Office Français de la Biodiversité - Direction de la Recherche et de l’Appui Scientifique - Unité Avifaune Migratrice
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  • Gitte Høj Jensen
  • Michele Sorrenti, Ufficio Avifauna Migratoria
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  • David Scallan, FACE

For migratory birds, sustainable harvest management based on quantitative modelling needs cross-border hunting bag statistics. At the European scale, proper modelling requires both reliable and mutually compatible hunting bag data between regions and countries. Owing to the absence of harmonisation among the different hunting bag collecting schemes in Europe and the lack of methodological metadata, adaptive management at the flyway scale is currently extremely challenging for a number of species. For improving the current state of affairs, we expose statistical concepts, terminology and issues inherent to hunting bag data collection schemes; identify the multiplicity of error sources for being able to judge the quality of hunting bag statistics; call for a harmonisation process; discuss the origin of the hurdles in the production of standardised hunting bag statistics at the European scale; and suggest some potential avenues for future actions for overcoming them.

Original languageEnglish
Article number70
JournalEuropean Journal of Wildlife Research
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

    Research areas

  • Adaptive harvest management, Harmonisation process, Hunting bag data, Nonsampling errors, Statistical inference paradigms, Survey methodology

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