While developing the conceptual framework for the Strategic Plan, WMI recognized that numerous issues needed to be addressed concurrently. These issues included: recruitment and retention, access, education, political and legal challenges, sociological and economic impacts of hunting, funding, conservation, and outreach efforts. A common denominator for all of these issues was a critical need to identify and assess existing programs.
In recent years, growing awareness of the increased difficulty of finding places to hunt has spawned an increase in activities related to improving hunting access opportunities. However, details regarding the nature or geographic extent of these activities have not been fully documented. To date, no comprehensive assessment of hunting access programs has been conducted.