Member Polls

National Deer Alliance (NDA) believes strongly that member input on important deer and hunting issues is critical, and will use this information to inform managers and state and federal wildlife agencies whenever possible. 

Here are the results from the most recent polls taken in the weekly newsletter by NDA members.


In our last survey, most respondents indicated that they do not hunt public land. What is your most significant reservation about hunting public land? July 26, 2017
Results
There is not enough public land in my area and/or it is not easily accessible
8.9%
Public land in my area is overcrowded
25.3%
The quality of deer is not high enough on public land
4.2%
Public land is poorly managed by the state or federal government
8.4%
I'm happy with the deer hunting opportunities on public land
15.3%
I don't have a need to hunt public land
30.7%
Other
6.8%
Total participants: 955
Are you currently making definitive plans to purchase hunting land, and if so, what is your time frame for buying? July 26, 2017
Results
I am close to buying now
3.1%
Within the next 2 years
4.2%
Within the next 5 years
8.5%
Within the next 10 years
8.3%
I have no definitive plans to purchase hunting land
65.9%
Other
9.7%
Total participants: 922
If you currently own deer hunting land, what is the total acreage? July 26, 2017
Results
1 to 50 acres
33.6%
51-100 acres
19.1%
101-200 acres
15.8%
201-300 acres
7.5%
301-400
5.2%
400+ acres
9%
Other
9.5%
Total participants: 586
Thinking about the coming season, what type of land do you plan to hunt for deer? July 19, 2017
Results
Public land
13.1%
Private land owned by somebody else at no cost
34.8%
Private land owned by somebody else that I lease
13.2%
Private land managed by a hunting club or outfitter
4%
A mix of public and private land
31.5%
I am still looking for a spot
0.9%
Other
2.1%
Total participants: 640
If you are seeking permission to hunt private land that you do not own, what time of year do you typically begin searching for opportunities? July 19, 2017
Results
It's an ongoing relationship building process for me
38.1%
Immediately following the prior season
5.2%
Spring (March-May)
6.4%
Summer (June-September)
10.5%
I typically don't have to seek permission
35.6%
Other
4%
Total participants: 685
If you hunt public land, when do you typically begin scouting for hunting areas? July 19, 2017
Results
I scout continuously
17.3%
Immediately following the prior season
5.1%
Spring (March-May)
6.5%
Summer (June-September)
18.1%
I'm willing to wing it and hope for the best
10.2%
I don't typically hunt public land
39.3%
Other
3%
Total participants: 731

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