Hunting areas

Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by robman2629, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. robman2629

    robman2629 Active Member

    Sep 8, 2012
    So I've been looking around lately for a good place to go hunting near me but it seems like every good spot is posted, or the land owner won't let you hunt it. I saw a beautiful buck about 30 minutes ago on someones land that probably didn't even realize it was there! There were some good pole lines but in the open areas there were houses within 100 yards. Any suggestions to approaching land owners that have posted land? We have any deer permits here and the region I have one in is the area I just drove through.
  2. Millwright

    Millwright Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    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

  3. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    I've found a lot of land owners shy away because of litter and damage on their land. Some because of liability, afraid of a hunter hurting themself and trying to sue.
    If you can gaurantee these won't happen they may be receptive. Offer part of your kill or mabe a little cash. Being posted doesn't always me absolutely NO.

    Unless it's leased to a gun club, then you're screwed.
  4. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    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.
  5. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    I was in Wisconsin this spring and I couldn't believe the deer up there. This was way up north. My freind has a tree farm up there. It is over populated with deer.
  6. robman2629

    robman2629 Active Member

    Sep 8, 2012
    Thats a good idea. For now I guess I'll stick with public property. Its bad too because there is a lot of game on the land too. I might go try and talk to them, just feel weird driving up to them and asking haha.
  7. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    The most they can do is say no.

    Or shoot ya for trespassing. :yikes:
  8. robman2629

    robman2629 Active Member

    Sep 8, 2012
    Haha yeah thats a concern.
  9. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    One of the main reasons that I moved to Alaska twenty some years back, no joke. That & taxes, freedom, back East control of everything I even tought about doing, and peace of mind.

    I watched outta town, even outta state doctors & lawyers buy up all the neighboring farms & woodlots & good hunting acreage. Houses going up on ever 5 acre piece of land along every road; and so much orange, orange everywhere I looked.

    Wife one day made the comment that I wasn't happy anymore, and why? She then said that did I want to move out to Idaho (where I went elk hunting every fall). I said, ya know; I'd like us to move west but not Idaho; ALASKA I told her. She was shocked but we were on our way up the ALCAN the following summer and haven't looked back. I live out in the sticks along the Yukon, Orange? I never see another hunter for days and Alaska doesn't believe in orange anyway.

    I remember all my so called friends & fellow workers tell me how could I be so dumb for us to quit good jobs mid life and throw it all in for a dream in Alaska. Sad reality is that all those back East friends were too terrified to take a chance to improve their lives in so many ways.

    So nowadays, I hunt moose & caribou, can shoot as many bear & wolves as I care to; and the thought of not having a place to hunt; I mean my own watershed that is several miles across and 20 miles long doesn't cross my mind. And what is this orange stuff I hear about?

    Just wish I had come here at 18, rather than late 30s. Life goes by too quick, don't let it pass ya by like most do & don't be scared to take the chance. Life is too good not to.
  10. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    ^^^^ Very wise words. Heed 'em, guys.
  11. 68c15

    68c15 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2011
    not to be rude but I'm glad you posted this. you see, I am gearing up to deer hunt next year. I want to get all my ducks in a row and learn as much as possible. part of that is finding land and getting permission to hunt it. heck, I'm still learning the ins and outs of waterfowl hunting.

    but at least in my state we have tons of public land assuming it isn't already occupied by another hunter.

    I have approached a few farmers with mixed results. my issue is getting the nerve to basically ask a stranger if he trusts me to not destroy his property or accidentally kill his family with a stray shot
  12. jstgsn

    jstgsn Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Milford, Delaware
    It has been my experiance that the state wildlife programs go out of their way to identify areas for hunters to hunt. If that is not the case in your area, please type up a little resume for yourself, explaining your training, experience, insurance, and hunting beliefs. Give them your telephone numbers, license plate and vehicle discription, types of weapsons etc. Show them you are a true hunter and have ethics. Offer to help them with any projects they have. Marry their daughter (kidding). I have several farms to hunt, and the farmers know my vehicle, me, and my ethics. It takes work, but it is worth it.
  13. robman2629

    robman2629 Active Member

    Sep 8, 2012
    Thats a great idea jstgsn. We have certain areas where you can only use certain weapons (shotgun only areas), and the place I was looking at is one of them. The biggest thing too is they have to feel comfortable with me shooting within 100 yards of their home. In Maine you can't shoot withing 100 yards of a dwelling that is occupied and withing 10 yards of a paved road. I will definitely try your idea. Thanks.

    68c15, I'm the same way. I feel weird going up to someone asking to use their land. Most people see "posted" and forget about it, but as long as its not a game reserve, you can hunt it with permission. Its just getting the permission thats the hard part haha.
  14. jay3534

    jay3534 Member

    Dec 22, 2003
    I have found everything posted to be beneficial to getting a land owner to accept you. Also state how many if any people will be with you; I have found that if you are alone or just a son / daughter works best. Explain the tree stand or blind that you will be using as people seem to destroy trees with steps, climbers and the such. Ask the land owner to show you the allowed areas and don't forget offering to help maintain posted signs helps you and them. Once you get one owner they may help you with others.
  15. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    If you come out from the big cities they don't want or like you. You need to know some one or hunt public land. Once they get to know you it's ok. So many guys come up from the cities and shot anything than moves. Most don't have a clue as to what they are doing.

    There is a lot of good info on this thread. You need to prove to these land owners that you are not one of these type's
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