Landowners and hunters play equally vital roles in conservation. It's time to learn more about their essential dynamic—and that starts with what you have to say. Read on for the project background, or simply click the button below to begin the survey immediately.
If you’re a landowner, the to-do lists are long. From farming to fencing to access to taxes—owning land is a big responsibility. Add in visits from people pursuing their own slice of hunting heaven, and there’s another level of management to think about.
Yet, for the benefit of all Albertans, more hunters is exactly what we need right now. Hunter numbers have been dwindling for decades, pushing us closer to the breakdown of licence-funded conservation. While Alberta has fared better than other places, a continued decline is a major concern for all wildlife managers and conservation organizations across North America. They rely on hunting data and funding to help guide balanced wildlife and habitat management.
So what stops people from developing and maintaining an interest in hunting? After examining influencing factors, Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) found one of the greatest barriers is finding a location to hunt. Past surveys suggest most landowners are willing to allow some form of hunting access. But, we also know many hunters, especially new ones, struggle to gain the trust of landowners and get access.
We want to understand this discrepancy so that practical steps—improving the situation for both hunters and landowners—can be put into motion. In collaboration with researchers at the University of Alberta and the University of Waterloo, ACA developed a short, voluntary online landowner survey. Landowners can answer questions about their property, the number of hunting requests they receive, how many hunters they say yes to, and the factors they consider when allowing or denying access. We want to hear your thoughts on what’s working, and what could be done better.
ACA will publicly share survey results to provide open discussion, input, and collaboration. While we don’t advocate for or directly influence legislation, we value all stakeholder relationships across Alberta’s agriculture industry and the conservation and hunting communities. We think this is the first step in encouraging all groups to work together for the benefit of conservation.
Are you a landowner willing to contribute? All survey data and identity of participants will remain anonymous.