The southwestern market for big-game hunting permits and services: A hedonic pricing analysis

Joseph M. Little, Robert P. Berrens

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Individuals pursuing big-game hunting in the Southwestern United States are presented with a wide array of opportunities, including public lotteries and market-based allocations (e.g., auctions, private transactions). The marketing of big-game hunts and associated services by landowners, guides, and outfitters is increasingly common and supported by state-sanctioned, transferable permit allocations. Given the range of permit and services combinations now available in the market, prices can be expected to vary systematically across attributes of the hunt transaction. Using a sample (n = 942) collected from information posted online and a follow-up telephone survey, this research employed hedonic pricing analysis to examine the regional market for big-game permits and associated hunting services in the Southwest. Estimation results allowed the implicit price of different attributes to be identified. Results also have policy relevance, including: understanding trends in ranch prices, assessing poaching losses, and evaluating the revenue generation of public entities in the regional market.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-157
Number of pages15
JournalHuman Dimensions of Wildlife
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Big-game hunting
  • Hedonic pricing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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