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Small game hunting is big business. Nationally in 1965, almost eleven million persons, aged twelve years and older, hunted small game. Over $600 million was spent, and hunters traveled four billion automobile miles on approximately 128 million hunting trips. In North Carolina there are over 400,000 licensed hunters, most of whom hunt small game. In interviews conducted with 553 small game hunters, the following characteristics were revealed: The hunter is male; married; a state resident; lives in a rural area within fifty miles of the wildlife management area where he hunts; is about forty years old; and has graduated from high school.
The success of the small game hunter is often determined by the access available. Forest roads and trails are important to game management programs and to hunting. The authors interviewed 553 small game hunters during the early-opening and late-opening seasons as they left the management areas after a day's hunt. Hunters were asked to describe how they used the roads and trails while hunting and to trace the route they had walked on a small-scale map of the hunting area. Responses were used to determine how access roads were used; how the hunters distributed themselves in the hunting area; what the game distribution was; and how far hunters penetrated into the woods from the access roads.