Nothing can close a good hunting ground faster than hunters people who do not respect property lines. Farmers and ranchers are always reluctant to give permission to hunt their ground, as valuable livestock, fencing and farm ground have been damaged or destroyed by hunters. A hunting license does not give hunters to the right to trespass on farms or ranches, yet the best hunting ground is usually private ground. The best way to hunt private ground is to get permission.
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Things you need
- Hunting license
- Orange safety gear (depending on season)
Be a good patron while hunting public ground to earn a good reputation among area farmers. While hunting in rural areas, give right of way to farm equipment, park in designated areas and pick up any trash. Crossing property lines or hunting ground without permission is considered poaching. When using public walk-in hunting areas, stay within public hunting boundary lines, and watch for other hunters. If you damage any fence, farm ground or hit any "slow moving deer" (livestock), be honest about it. Inform the landowner, and pay for any property that you damage.
Get to know area farmers and ranchers. Check with your department of wildlife and parks for public hunting ground, and talk to the property owner. Once you establish a good relationship and good patronage with the owner of public ground, ask for referrals to hunt private ground. Realise that this relationship and your good patronage is important because if you break that trust with the land owner, no one may be able to hunt the property again.
Win favouritism by offering to help the farmer for hunting privileges in lieu of pay. You may be asked to do farm chores, such as repairing or installing fencing or running equipment. Offering to help with harder chores, such as cutting thistle, removing trees or working with livestock, will help you win that favour faster.
If you do get permission, follow the farmer's instructions. Park only where the farmer wants you to park. Hunt in small groups, and make sure the farmer knows how many people will be with you and their names. Do not let livestock out, close and lock all gates, pick up any trash and let the farmer know about and pay for any damages. Also, let the farmer know you appreciate being able to hunt their ground. Buy them a gift token or offer them some of the game you shot.