April 02, 2012 at 11:49am
It takes sometime to establish the right kind of relationships but spend time networking with people. People @ work, church, etc - where ever you spend your time. You can talk to them about hunting in general but I really suggest you let them get to know you a bit first before you start asking permission. A lot of folks don't react favorably if you just go directly at them. To be perfectly honest you have to have some interpersonal skills and 'work' folks - figure out what makes them 'tick'. Think - spend your time talking to folks that you might have a shot with. In our area I don't even talk to people w/ horses becuz my experience has been that they are all so scared their horse(s) are gonna get shot they do not allow hunting (not even w/ a bow) - but that's my area. English riders are worse about this then those that ride western pleasure and we've got a bunch of the English riders. It doesn't always pan out - heck, the majority of them time it doesn't. It's all part of the process. I do not approach folks about hunting in full camo - i'm generally dressed casual. Have something written up explaining what you'd like to hunt, how you're gonna hunt it (climbers, bow only, etc), and what you can offer the landowner (meat, small maint, posting, etc).
If you're lucky enough to find some land like this always go out of your way to keep the landowner happy. I had one lady that let me hunt but asked that she or her kids never see the deer I killed so I slipped in and slipped out but had another older fella that loved to see every doe and would talk to you for 3 hours. It's all just part of it. Be sure to let folks know what you can bring to the table - you already know what you want from them so let them know what you can do for them.
Like I said most of them times you roll snake eyes but this is what I do becuz I don't have money to get these high priced leases.