Any hunter with a valid hunting license can hunt on public land, which makes it easier to hunt, but don’t let that discourage you from asking for permission to hunt private land. So, how do you obtain permission to hunt someone’s private hunting land? We’ve got a few tips on how you can go about making the ask and what to do once you’ve been given the go-ahead.
There are a couple of ways to find hunting land; you can take a drive and try to find land in person or you can use an e-scouting platform to look up hunting land in your area. Once you’ve found private hunting land that you’d like to hunt on, you need to ask for permission before you do anything else. Go to the door prepared. Have a business card, or something you can leave with the landowner, with you. Let them know that you’re an ethical hunter and will abide by all hunting rules and regulations. Explain to them that you will only hunt on their property during the days and times they establish. Offer to share some of the venison from your harvests with them as a thank you. You can also start the conversation by sending the landowner a letter in the mail.
If the landowner is not a hunter, offer to mentor them. Invite them to hunt with you and teach them as much as you can about the process. Your mentorship will introduce them to something new and you could find yourself with a new friend and hunting partner.
Place Your Blind Away from Theirs
Once you’ve received permission, it’s time to place your Stump blind on their property. Be respectful and mindful of the landowner when you choose your spot. Don’t set your blind facing their house, which would put them directly in your shooting lane. If the landowners are hunters themselves, they might already have a food plot, water source, or their own blind on their property. Respect their setup and don’t position your blind directly next to theirs. Leave enough room so that you will each have your own hunting areas that don’t encroach upon each other.
Don’t Assume You Can Leave Your Blind There
Our Stump blinds, like the Stump 2 ‘Scout’, can easily be moved thanks to the sled base. So, if the landowner needs you to move your blind location for any reason, you can move your blind quickly and easily. Ask the landowner if you can leave your blind there permanently. If they request that you only bring your blind when you’re actively hunting and take it off the property when you’re not, that will be easy to do with the Stump blinds. The rigid steel hitch on our blinds will allow you to pull the blind on and off the property with your car, truck, or ATV.
Asking someone for permission to hunt on their private land can open up a whole new realm of possibilities for your hunting season. If you approach the situation respectfully and fully prepared, you could gain a lifelong friend, hunting partner, and hunting location. Reach out to someone this summer and start a new chapter of your hunting journey.
Do you hunt on private or public land? If you hunt on private land, how did you receive permission? Let us know in the comments below!