Abstract

Title:  Management of deer hunters on private land in Colorado.
Author(s): Guynn, D. E. and J. L. Schmidt
Year: 1980
Abstract: Data were gathered from a mailed questionnaire survey of 1,113 Colorado landowners and 1,089 Colorado deer (Odocoileus virginianus and Q. hemionus) hunters. Private landowners who controlled the number of deer hunters on their land expressed greater satisfaction with their method of hunter management than landowners who did not control the number of hunters. Landowners who closed their land to all deer hunting reported being least satisfied with their method of hunter management. Landowners that charged deer hunting fees reported greater hunter cooperation and better knowledge of who hunted on their land. These factors, relating to control of hunter behavior, were the major benefits a landowner received from charging fees to deer hunters. The income for hunting fees was rated as only moderately important. Fifty-seven percent of the 561 deer hunters responding to the survey indicated they were willing to consider paying a fee to hunt deer on private lands. Hunter success was higher (76%) on private lands where fees were paid than on private lands where no fees were paid (65%), or on public lands (50%). The amount of private land in Colorado that is closed to all deer hunting appears to have more than doubled between 1970 and 1977. Seventy-seven percent of those landowners who closed their land indicated they would not open their lands under any other circumstances. Recommendations are made for policy makers and private landowners to consider, regarding management of deer hunting on private lands. Advantages of deer hunting systems where fees are charged are reported for private landowners and implications are discussed regarding deer hunters and the wildlife resource base.

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