All respondents were asked if they own land in Georgia: 71% of
the general population own land, and a slightly higher percentage
of hunters (81%) own land.
A majority of landowners who own a tract of least 20 acres use
the tract for farming (53%); substantial percentages of landowners
of tracts of at least 20 acres use the tract for forestry (34%) or
Agreement exceeded disagreement that landowners properly manage
deer on their land in Georgia, although substantial percentages
Respondents more often think the GDNR should provide more deer
management assistance to private landowners than think the GDNR
should provide less assistance.
- The types of assistance desired of those who think the GDNR
should provide more assistance to private landowners managing deer
include technical assistance, education, and the development of
deer habitat. A substantial percentage of landowners also said they
desired law enforcement assistance.
An overwhelming percentage (80%) of landowners who own a tract
of at least 20 acres personally deer hunt and/or allow others to
deer hunt on their tract.
- Of those owners of tracts of at least 20 acres who answered
that they do not allow deer hunting, nearly a quarter (24%)
previously had allowed deer hunting. These people who had allowed
deer hunting but now do not cited poor behavior of hunters,
trespassing, crowding, and legal liability as reasons that they
stopped allowing deer hunting on the tract.
- Those owners of tracts of at least 20 acres who allow deer
hunting on their tract most commonly allow immediate family to hunt
deer, followed closely by friends and acquaintances.
- A large majority (74%) of owners of tracts of at least 20 acres
do not charge a fee for others to hunt deer on their tract; 14%
charge a fee.
- A majority (53%) of owners of tracts of at least 20 acres said
legal liability is a major concern when considering whether to
allow hunting access, and an additional 25% said it is a minor
concern (78% in total said legal liability is a concern).
Owners of tracts of at least 20 acres of land were asked about
whether they agreed with three statements about allowing access to
their land. Similar majorities disagreed with each statement (from
55% to 61%).
- 61% disagreed that they would allow more hunting but are
worried about excessive government intrusion.
- 57% disagreed that they would be very likely to allow more deer
hunting if they did not have to worry about legal liability
- 55% disagreed that they would be very likely to allow more deer
hunting if they received a financial benefit for doing so.
Landowners were asked if they experienced problems with legal
and illegal hunters, with and without dogs, on their land. A
substantial percentages (22%) had experienced problems with
illegal hunters hunting without dogs. Otherwise, problems with
hunters were low-7% or less.
- The most common problems with hunters were trespassing,
violating game laws, and damaging fences and/or leaving gates open.
Lesser problems were unsafe behavior, littering, damaging
structures, and discourteous behavior.
- The problems caused by illegal hunters, with or without dogs,
were considered major problems by a majority of landowners who had
experienced problems. The problems caused by legal hunters, with or
without dogs, were considered minor problems by a majority of
landowners who had experienced problems.