TWS publishes new issue statement on killing contests

The Wildlife Society’s Executive Committee recently approved a new issue statement on wildlife killing contests.

In the document, The Wildlife Society discourages contests that adversely affect the wildlife resource or the public’s appreciation of wildlife resources. TWS also highlights that killing contests may undermine the public’s perception of ethical hunting and encourages public attitude surveys to be used by agencies when managing or regulating killing contests. 

The new issue statement builds on existing policies identified in TWS standing positions related to hunting, the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and the conservation of biological diversity.

Download the complete statement and other policy documents at

Header Image: Coyotes (Canis latrans) are often the subject of organized killing contests.
©USFWS/Ann Hough, National Elk Refuge volunteer