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Old 08-07-2011, 03:54 AM
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Hey all! First time poster on this site but I read the forums everyday for great information. I was wondering what some tips and suggestions anyone had on gaining permission to hunt on private land. I've been fortunate at the spots I hunt now to have friends who are family to the landowners but would like another spot or two.. thanks for any info and i look forward to your responses!
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:27 AM
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some good tips are to be upfront with them, be honest, respectful, and you need to show them your a safe hunter! nobody wants to let a rambo on there property.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:33 AM
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just be polite when you ask...maybe offer the landowner some of ur kill if he wants it. Or, you could even offer your labor if he needs help with anything on his land. Thats how I got permission last time I asked to hunt a piece of land and it was def worth it. good luck!!
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:05 AM
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When you go to appraoch a landowner for permission, wwear neat, clean clothing. It may sound chinsy, but first impressions are the ones that last. What LB nad HuntPA said are also very relevant. GL in your attempts.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:17 AM
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be extremely courteous, and make it very clear you will treat their property like it was your own. It wouldn't hurt to show up with a cheesecake or a pie of some sort to break the ice.
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:02 PM
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I have gained access to a lot of places by offering to hunt coyotes and not asking to hunt other game. If there is game there they have been effected or farm animals as well. I have ended up with a lot of new opportubities from this approach, All the above ideas are good too. Offering them something that will help them and not asking for anything in return seems to work well. It may take s few visits but it really has opened doors and with neighbors as well and they will offer you other opportunities. Give it a try you might be suprised.
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:09 PM
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When you go to appraoch a landowner for permission, wwear neat, clean clothing. It may sound chinsy, but first impressions are the ones that last.

Too formal will be a mistake, but a tucked in button-up shirt will go a long ways with fitting in with most of the farmers/major landowners in my area. Most I've grown up with work their butts off for a ridiculous number of hot hours in long-sleeved button up shirts and jeans or khakis depending. No dress clothes, but not sloppy.

I'd also say try to expand the contacts you have. Stop by just to say hi and help out with whatever work they're doing, but be sure to not get in the way. If it seems like they actually like you, try to socialize with them. In this area a lot of the local farmers go to bars at similar times, or they go have breakfast at certain places. If you take a guy out for a drink at the right time you'll instantly make a ton of contacts. Of course, if you come off that you're using everyone you're screwed in the community.
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:42 PM
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All of the above. AND, you could offer a backstrap off your harvest to them. Also, see if they need help with whatever work they are doing, in payment for allowing you to hunt their ground. Also be sure to ask if other hunters will be hunting the same ground. They will probably tell you if they have given others permission though.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:01 PM
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Try to find someone that has a strawberry farm or some other crop that deer destroy. These folks are generally more than happy to have someone shoot deer on their property. Even some people that are avid gardeners might be appreciative of having someone shoot deer that are causing damage to them. I hunted a few years on property like this but they started bringing in so many hunters that the deer got too spooky so I had to stop.
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:31 PM
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told him to be honest? and you dont know him...what if he said to the guy.."hey, my name is charlie, i sell hunts on craigslist and want to bring them over here to hunt your land dry and "accidentally" kill your cows and never give ya a cent. i have never bought a hunting license, nor do i plan too...i sight my rifle in on live game, and the best way to check if the rifle is empty is to pull the trigger. "
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