Access to private land for hunting is critical for deer management. An understanding of current trends in private land access is important for deer management decisions. Key informant interviews were conducted in three Pennsylvania counties to determine current land access issues. This research focused on deer management issues, landowner concerns, recreational access issues, and proposed solutions for improving access to private lands. In each county, key informants acknowledged a deer overabundance problem. They also indicated that safety, liability, and concerns about hunter behavior often caused landowners to restrict access to their property. Key informants frequently proposed solutions that would educate landowners and hunters about the role they play in maintaining free access to private land for deer hunting. Additionally, key informants thought an increased presence of law enforcement, firearms restrictions, and financial incentives may also appeal to private landowners' concerns about allowing access to their property.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nature and Landscape Conservation
- Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law