How to Get Permission to Hunt │ Having Problems Finding Waterfowl Grounds

Getting Permission To Hunt Others’ Lands │ Running and Gunning for Geese We all know the difficulty in finding land to hunt, and that is especially in chasing waterfowl. From private catfish ponds of the south to large agricultural fields of the north, the terrain and culture may vary, but the getting permission to hunt is pretty tough. Many have resided to hunting state and federal draw hunts which can be very productive, but also lead to frustration with other hunters. With March upon us, and mass clouds of light geese on our minds, it may not be as hard as you think to get permission to hunt other people’s land, when you are running and gunning. Driving across the Midwest nowadays, there are some massive groups of light geese. If you have driven through many of these states during March, you’ve likely seen them in the sky or in the fields, wondering what it would take to get access to those places. First off, if you are on a main road, others have likely seen them and the landowner has either been bothered too much or granted permission to hunt to someone else. So get off the beaten path! As you cruise these areas, and locate light geese, don’t be afraid to just knock on the landowner’s door and ask! The worst they can say is “no,” in which case you move on. Just make sure they are actually the landowner, otherwise you are just bothering a neighbor. Talk to your local hunting buddies as well. Deer leases are all over the place and most, only will hunt turkeys in the spring. Maybe pitch a $100 or so at them for a few chances at snow or blue geese on the land they have been granted full permission to hunt, will open the door for you to get access. If you have access to the local plat maps, you might be able to obtain some of the landowner information. A simple phone call works, but sometimes it can catch them off guard and prompt a quick “no.” So what other option is there? A typed and hand signed letter, can get you more permission to hunt than any other method. Make sure you have all your appropriate contact information on the letter for reply. With permission to hunt lands decreasing, it is important to be very sincere and appreciative when you gain access, whether for deer, turkey, or geese. This will ensure future generations will be able to enjoy the same lifestyle we love to live! By Jeremy Flinn