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10 Tips for Getting Permission To Hunt
DuckBuckGoose - PHJ ProStaff - Cincinnati, OH
Let's face it. Getting permission to hunt quality land can be as challenging as going after wild game itself. But much like when stalking an animal, if you use smart strategies as you plan your approach, you are going to increase the odds of getting that permission letter signed. I thought it could be helpful to share a few tips and tricks I have learned from friends, family, other hunters, and old-fashioned trial-and-error that might help you get access to a few new farms this year.
Here are some tips for making the approach:
Go in advance. Landowners are more likely to say no if you show up to their door and expect to hunt that day.
Bring no more than two. Do not show up with multiple guys, trucks, dogs etc. and expect to get hunting access. In fact, don't ever show up with more than you and one other person. Most landowners don't like big groups of hunters showing up on their property. Just imagine if you or your spouse were home alone and four or five burly guys wearing camo showed up at your house unexpectedly and came pounding on the front door. Depending on your tolerance for such things, it could make you uneasy. And making someone uneasy is not a good first step towards getting a permission letter signed.
Bring a child or your spouse with you. Landowners may respond better if they see you are a family man or woman and share their values. And let's face it; they may also be less likely to turn you down if you have a cute little kid with you. Nobody wants to disappoint a child right?
Don't be a liability. We live in an era where rampant lawyers and lawsuits make people think twice about giving people permission to hunt their land, because theyâ€™re afraid of being sued if some type of accident were to occur. You should anticipate this objection and make sure you are well versed in liability laws before you knock on anyone's door. Also, make sure you have a clear, simple and strong legal liability waiver statement as part of your permission form.
Choose a "Blue-Bird" Day. Approach landowners on a nice, sunny day. If you are like me (and pretty much everyone else I know) you probably tend to be in a better mood on sunny days. Well, people are people. Landowners are going to be better mood on nice days too, and therefore will be more likely to be receptive to your requests.
Look presentable. Showing up in a clean vehicle and wearing clean clothes shows that you have a respect for yourself and your property, and in turn, will be more likely to show respect for the landownerâ€™s property.
Look relatable. Do not show up in city clothes. if you are asking permission in the country and vice-versa. People often relate better to those like themselves. So if you are asking to hunt in the country, you should show that you understand and appreciate the country way of life.
Be professional. Although hunting probably isn't your occupation (unless you are one of those lucky hunting show guys on The Outdoor Channel), you can still act like a hunting professional when approaching a landowner. This can help your chances also. Some ways you can be professional include:
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