Additional Recommendations

  • Improve the promotion and public awareness of lands enrolled in access programs. General promotional efforts include diverse, coordinated and strategic advertising, providing maps of the areas and having the areas identified with signs. Obviously, facilitating users in finding and feeling comfortable that they are on the correct property will help them enjoy a positive hunting experience.
  • Develop specific strategies directed toward meeting the need for improved hunting access convenient to human population centers. Assemble case studies of current successful efforts and distribute to state agencies interested in replicating these efforts.
  • Improve efforts to communicate with new, existing, transplanted and recently lapsed hunters regarding places to hunt.
  • Aggressively pursue acquiring public access as part of conservation easements, as appropriate.
  • Continue to address situations where inadequate public hunter access to public lands exists. Revitalization of BLM's Access, Transportation, Rights-of-Way (ATROW) program, with an emphasis on recreational rights-of-way, is one example of a potential mechanism to achieve this goal. Similar focused mechanisms should be developed for other federal agencies to provide better public hunter access to public lands.
  • The hunting community should join the growing coalition of outdoor recreationists to push for reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
  • Provide additional training for land management staff to ensure that they have the skills necessary to address and incorporate the cultural issues regarding hunter access while they negotiate the legal agreements necessary for acquiring hunting access.