You can find public hunting land in every state but establishing a relationship with someone who will allow you to hunt private property is a great way to expand your hunting opportunities. It also allows you the freedom to know that you’ll likely by the only, or one of very few, hunters to hunt the property which means there will be less hunting pressure than public property. But how do you go about hunting private property? Below are a few tips to help you navigate the conversation.
1. Give them your contact information.
The first thing you should do when you approach someone to ask them if you can hunt their property is give them your contact information. Whether you’re giving them a call or asking them in person, give them your name, email address, phone number, whatever you’re comfortable sharing with them. Tell them you’re happy to talk more and to contact you if they’d like to talk over the phone or meet for lunch, coffee, etc., sometime to discuss the process in more detail.
2. Ask them when you can hunt.
Once you’ve received confirmation of permission, another important conversation to have is asking them when they’re comfortable with you hunting on the property. Ask them if there are specific days or times that are off limits. Discuss the dates of hunting season with them so that they know when it starts and ends. Once you’ve established days and times that work for them, make sure you let them know that you’ll always give them a head’s up when you’re going to be hunting on their property. It is courteous to make sure they know when you’re there. You don’t want to show up unannounced and surprise them by walking through the property. As soon as you know what day you’re going to hunt, “schedule” the time with them so that they’re aware.
3. Offer to share some of the wild game meat.
It would also be a good gesture to offer to share some of the wild game meat you harvest. Offer to share a certain amount of the harvest with them each year, whether you field dress it yourself or take it to a deer processor. Make sure you give it to them with the proper label explaining what cut of meat it is and when it was packaged so they know how long it will last. Assure them that you will always harvest the animal ethically and will always use, share or donate the meat.
4. Ask them if you can leave your Stump blind on the property.
If you’re hunting someone’s private property, you could potentially be able to leave your Stump blind up all season if they agree to it. Our Stump blinds are weather-durable so you can leave it up all year with confidence knowing that the extreme weather elements won’t damage the blind. It is UV-resistant and built with a UV-stabilized polyethylene material, so it will hold up to the lingering summer rays in September. It is also water resistant and will hold up to rainy days and winter snow.
You might be nervous the first time you ask someone to use their hunting property, but if you handle it with tact, kindness, and a willingness to educate you might just make a lifelong friend and possible hunting partner.
How have you gone about asking permission to hunt someone else’s property? Let us know how you approached the situation in the comments below!