Skip to Main Content
The cost of acquiring public hunting access on family forests landsAuthor(s): Michael A. Kilgore; Stephanie A. Snyder; Joesph M. Schertz; Steven J. Taff
Source: Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 13: 175-186.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
PDF: Download Publication (103.46 KB)
DescriptionTo address the issue of declining access to private forest land in the United States for hunting, over 1,000 Minnesota family forest owners were surveyed to estimate the cost of acquiring non-exclusive public hunting access rights. The results indicate landowner interest in selling access rights is extremely modest. Using binary logistic regression, the mean annual compensation required to purchase public access on these lands is estimated at $50 per acre. Significant predictors of landowner willingness to sell unrestricted public hunting access rights are the compensation offered, owner's use of the property for hunting, land's hunting quality and market value, location of owner's residence, current posting practices, future ownership intentions, and concern for property damage. The high payment required to purchase this right reflects the value owners attach to exclusive hunting rights, cost of enrolling in a governmentsponsored program, and inability to control who and how many hunt on the property.
- Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
- During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
- Please contact Sharon Hobrla, email@example.com if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationKilgore, Michael A.; Snyder, Stephanie A.; Schertz, Joesph M.; Taff, Steven J. 2008. The cost of acquiring public hunting access on family forests lands. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 13: 175-186.
Keywordshunting, public access, wildlife recreation, contingent valuation, economics
- Estimating a family forest landowner's likelihood of posting against trespass
- A national assessment of public recreational access on family forestlands in the United States
- Clarity and security of land and resource tenure and property rights
XML: View XML