Owner permission

Owner permission

David Sparks Ph.D.
David Sparks Ph.D.
Despite the rise in the popularity of public land hunting, the best deer and turkey hunting opportunities still remain on private land. That’s why it’s good to have a few private land options in the mix each season. 

But gaining access on private land can be tough. Large tracts of land are likely leased out. Prices are high and many opportunities are gone as quick as they become available. However, if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that smaller tracts of private ground are out there and available. You just gotta ask. It can be done! Here’s a look at 4 ways to gain private land permission this season. 

1. Write a Letter

By combining thousands of sources, apps like HuntStand have created an incredible nationwide database of private and public lands. The included features and tools allow you to pull up detailed property owner info. Having the owner’s name allows you to make your move on gaining permission in several ways. 

Writing a letter to a landowner to request hunting permission on their property is a simple way to cover lots of miles without driving all over the country. It’s a non-threatening approach to making your ask. It’s the perfect approach for those that struggle with seeking permission, or might be intimidated by a one-on-one conversation with a landowner. 

2. Make a Phone Call

Making a phone call is a quick and simple way to touch base with a landowner you’re seeking permission from. A phone call is a more forward approach than simply writing a letter, but it ensures you get a response in a much quicker fashion. There will be times when you simply can’t wait for the mail to deliver your request. A phone call allows you to be pleasant and personable, without being in the landowners face. 

3. Knock on Doors

Knocking on a landowner’s door for permission is obviously the most forward approach you can make for getting the greenlight on private land access. And it can honestly go any way when you step onto their property in person. This is by far the most intimidating approach to obtaining permission. 

4. Ask Your Friends

If none of the above tactics work for you, try tapping in to the network of your friends. Ask your friends if they know of any landowners that might be a good starting point to lock in hunting permission. You might be surprised at how many options open up just by working the circle of friends around you. 

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