Does forest land posted against trespass really mean no hunter access?

Stephanie A. Snyder, Mike Kilgore, Steven J Taff, Joseph Schertz

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Hunters report diminishing access to private forest land in the United States due to increasing numbers of landowners posting their land against trespass. While many hunters assume posting is synonymous with prohibited access, the relationship between the two is not clear. To address this issue, we predicted the likelihood a family forest landowner who posts their property will, in fact, allow hunter access. Factors that influence this likelihood were identified. We found that the probability of a landowner who posts allowing access was approximately 47%, with all explanatory variables evaluated at their means. Factors decreasing the likelihood of access included a perception that allowing access would interfere with their own hunting or result in property damage. Factors increasing the likelihood of allowing access included increasing parcel size, a perception of excellent hunting opportunity on their parcel, and a high percentage of the surrounding area that is open to public hunting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-264
Number of pages14
JournalHuman Dimensions of Wildlife
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • Access
  • Family forests
  • Hunting
  • Posting
  • Recreation


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