Forest Industry Hunt-lease Programs in the Southern United States

Selected characteristics of forest industry hunt-lease programs were determined for II southern states. Mail surveys were obtained from 77 of 109 (71 %) delivered questionnaires that were completed and returned. Respondents reported owning a total of more than 9.4 million ha within the study area in 1984. Most (83%) charged hunters for access to corporate lands. A majority of respondents indicated that non-monetary benefits were gained from hunt-lease programs. Annual lease fees ranged from $2.47 to $26.88/ha and varied by state, timber type and location. Administration was the highest corporate cost of hunt-lease programs. Local tradition of free public hunting was the most frequent reason for not leasing hunting rights on forest industry lands.

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