The assessment survey was administered using an online survey application. The individuals that were invited to participate were identified by WMI in a pre-assessment survey request for contacts. Generally, the agency director or CEO did not complete the assessment survey directly.
Each survey participant received a maximum of three "automatic" reminder emails requesting that they complete the assessment survey. At that point in time (approximately four weeks from the initial mailing), all NGO participants that had hunting access programs were deemed to have been "captured" by the assessment survey and no additional contact was made.
However, state agencies that had not completed the assessment survey were regularly and individually contacted until a survey was completed. However, only 49 states responded. The missing state was deemed not to have significant access issues or any significant access program, so the data set was viewed complete enough to analyze and summarize.