Determination of Cultural Characteristics of Hunters for Hunting and
(The Case of Istanbul Province)
a rather important potential from the point of view of wildlife
resources which includes both species diversity and sheltering capacity.
On the other hand, wildlife in Turkey has been endangered since
wilderness ecosystem and habitats have been damaged and managed badly.
There is a rather important role of hunters in this process.
which means catching of either living or lifeless animals that live
freely in the nature, has attracted attention of mankind almost in every
term. Hunting has been accepted as an important activity also today as
well as in the past. It is not a realistic approach considering the
hunting passion which comes to today with the traces from the past as
nothing. Today, hunters have become a guaranty of biodiversity and
wilderness by getting an environmentalist status.
Associations, institutions and enterprises attach importance to knowing
cultural elements and factors that affect them. It has been used as an
active instrument to convey cultural data and to reach aims. In this
context, researches that determine human structure and cultural
sensitiveness fields in the management of wildlife resources are very
This article includes hunting clubs and their members in Istanbul. For
this aim, according to sample size, there were reached primary data
using questionnaire method which is prepared for hunters. Some data
based on literature research constitute secondary data of research. In
the research, questionnaire form; cultural elements of hunters, profile
of hunters and level of importance on the issue of hunters were
determined. Nine-point Likert Scale was used in some questions to
determine hunters thinking on the issue. The
hunter form was designed in three sections. The first part is
related to the demographic characteristics of the hunters. The second
part reflects culture of Hunters Associations. In the last part; the
levels of the perception of the cultural components of the hunters have
In this study, values forming culture of hunters were investigated in
context of leaders and heroes, ceremony and symbols, story and legends,
language, customs, norms and organizational socialization. Results of
research project will be used as basic data in controlling and training
of hunters, providing coordination and planning and sources.
Keywords: Hunting, Hunting Culture, Hunting and Wildlife
Management, Istanbul, Turkey.