Does forest land posted against trespass really mean no hunter access?Author(s): Stephanie A. Snyder; Michael A. Kilgore; Steven J. Taff; Joseph Schertz
Source: Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 14: 251-264.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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Hunters report diminishing access to private forest land in the United States due to increasing numbers of landowners posting their land against trespass. While many hunters assume posting is synonymous with prohibited access, the relationship between the two is not clear. To address this issue, we predicted the likelihood a family forest landowner who posts their property will, in fact, allow hunter access. Factors that influence this likelihood were identified. We found that the probability of a landowner who posts allowing access was approximately 47%, with all explanatory variables evaluated at their means. Factors decreasing the likelihood of access included a perception that allowing access would interfere with their own hunting or result in property damage. Factors increasing the likelihood of allowing access included increasing parcel size, a perception of excellent hunting opportunity on their parcel, and a high percentage of the surrounding area that is open to public hunting.
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CitationSnyder, Stephanie A.; Kilgore, Michael A.; Taff, Steven J.; Schertz, Joseph. 2009. Does forest land posted against trespass really mean no hunter access?
Keywordshunting, access, recreation, posting, family forests
- Estimating a family forest landowner's likelihood of posting against trespass
- The cost of acquiring public hunting access on family forests lands
- A national assessment of public recreational access on family forestlands in the United States
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