Cornell UniversityThe Nature Conservancy

Community Example: Duluth, Minnesota

Key facts

  • Duluth's all-volunteer archery hunt takes place on public and private land throughout the city
  • The Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance manages the hunt at no cost to the city
  • Community Size: Large city (50,000 to 500,000 people)
  • Region: Midwest
    • Plan established in 2005

    Duluth, Minnesota is a city of approximately 86,000 residents at the western tip of Lake Superior. The city stretches along 40 miles of shoreline and encompasses nearly 68 square miles. With 11,000 acres of green space, Duluth boasts a system of city parks and natural areas that constitute approximately 10% of its total land base. Duluth's archery program has been managed by the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance (ABA) since its inception in 2005. The ABA maintains rigorous standards for its hunting program, which takes place on both public and private lands. All participants are required to take a Bowhunters Education Course, a shooting proficiency test, and attend an orientation annually. A $25 hunting fee funds the administration of the program, which is considered highly successful by residents and city government.