Originally Posted by millwright
IME ME has a lot of different topography and land users but there's always one constant; making friends. If you have your eye on some prime territory the time to visit is springtime. Spend some time and labor to help the landowner to achieve his objectives. You can always make your, (low-keyed) pitch several times if you're around long enough ! ( And big deer/moose are most frequently found in farming areas.) IOW, farmers and other landowners most often take a "long-term view" on many things - not least of which is letting an armed individual on their property. >MW
That is the key. I know a rancher that does not allow hunters on his property because in the past the hunters that he allowed shot his water tanks. So now it is closed to everybody. But, if you approached a rancher in the spring and donated some basic fencing supplies and donated a few weekends helping him mend fences you would probably have a huntable area for life and a good friend. The rancher just needs to know you care. Oh, and then you will eventually get an offer to buy in on some beef. In the ranchers mind the city people just want and never give so it's nice when they meet a good person that does care. However, there are some rude ranchers out there but that's another story.