In a similar vein, it appears that increased efforts to evaluate hunter access programs are needed. Overall, only 26 of 98 specific program-types reported having any evaluation component. At best, nine of the 25 states (36%) reported that they are evaluating their access easements purchase or lease program. While it is recognized that in some cases informal or intuitive assessments are made and that more objective evaluations can be expensive and/or difficult to conduct, structured, periodic evaluations are critical in order to measure program outputs and outcomes. However, if the community is not willing to ask hard questions about existing programming, then it will be nearly impossible to change the direction of the current hunting recruitment and retention trajectory.
1Program numbers include one state that indicated they were in the process of developing an evaluation for that program.