Final Recommedations

  • Conduct additional social research regarding the cultural parameters and circumstances that guide landowners’ decisions to grant public hunter access to private lands. The results of this research should be used to design and improve hunter access programs.
  • Direct additional resources toward evaluating current hunter access programs. The results of these evaluations should be incorporated into an internal feedback loop that flows into improving current programs and assists in designing new ones. The most effective evaluations are designed during the planning process by initially setting measurable objectives. This will likely require developing new, easy-to-use and cost-effective tools to assist the hunting community in program evaluation efforts.
  • The hunting community will likely need to be much more strategic in determining desired program outcomes and how to measure the success of those outcomes. To accomplish this, the community will need to integrate its thinking about providing hunting access with other recruitment and retention programs.
  • Improve the hunting community’s ability to share information regarding access program efforts and effectiveness.
  • Continue to develop the National Hunting Heritage Strategic Plan. An element of this plan should be the creation of a national web site where details regarding specific hunting and shooting programs can be posted and shared.
  • Incorporate Best Practices for Hunting and Shooting Recruitment and Retention (NSSF 2008) into all hunter access programs, as appropriate. Some of these best practices address the access issue specifically, and many more address effective processes for designing, implementing and evaluating programs of all types.