Behaviors of Mississippi Nonindustrial Private Forest Landowners Toward Hunting

A mail questionnaire was used to determine behaviors of Mississippi nonindustrial private forest landowners toward hunting on their lands. Seventy-three percent (516 of 704) of the questionnaires were returned. A telephone survey of nonrespondents indicated negligible bias in the mail survey. About 45% of the respondents posted their land and 43% allowed no hunting by the general public. At least 77% of the respondents allowed hunting on their lands. Since only 6% of the respondents leased hunting rights, most hunting was by the landowner, family or guests. Timber was the most important use of forests followed by wildlife, residence and grazing. Most (63%) of the respondents had multiple-use goals of ownership. Most respondents did not actively manage for timber or wildlife.

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