Do you want to hunt but do not own any land?
Don’t worry, you are in the same situation as many hunters, but it is possible to get permission to hunt private land.
If you are like many hunters you love to hunt but you do not own your own land to hunt on. Let us teach you some of the top techniques you can use on how to get landowner permission to hunt private land.
8 Tips to Get Landowner Permission to Hunt Private Land:
- Start asking several days in advance
- Don’t wear hunting clothes
- Be friendly & start a conversation
- Bring a youth hunter
- Be specific
- Landowner permission form/card
- Do a favor in return
- Do not be afraid to ask
Tip 1: Start asking several days in advance
If you want to get permission to hunt on private land one of the first things you need to do is start asking several days in advance of when you want to hunt.
One of the biggest challenges that I have run into when I attempt to get landowner permission for hunting is the landowners not being at home. By giving yourself time to stop by more than once this will increase your chances of catching the landowner at home.
Also, this can be a numbers game. The more people you ask the more likely you are able to get permission to hunt. Give yourself ample time to ask several people for permission.
Tip 2: Don’t wear hunting clothes
Not all landowners are hunters themselves so showing up wearing hunting clothing when asking for permission to hunt can sometimes be intimidating.
Rather than wearing hunting clothing wear clothes that in good shape and show a professional image of you. People make judgments about people based on the clothing that they wear so if you wear something in good shape their perception of you and how you will respect their land will likely be positive.
Tip 3: Be friendly and start a conversation
Think about the last time you met someone new. What made you like them? Most likely they were friendly, they smiled, they listened and they asked questions about you.
For someone to allow you to hunt on their property these same qualities are helpful to get a “yes”. Take time to ask them about what they do for a living, how long they have lived on the property and if they hunt themselves.
Really, this step is easy but it is so important that you take the time to build a true relationship with the landowners. If they trust and like you then the chances of them giving you permission to hunt their private land will be higher.
Tip 4: Bring a youth hunter
If you are going to be hunting with a youth hunter than we recommend also bringing them along when you ask for permission to hunt. There are two benefits to this.
First, you will be teaching a valuable lesson to the youth hunter on everything that goes into hunting which includes how to get permission to hunt private land.
Second, most people have a soft spot for children. By bringing a child with and telling the landowner that the child will also be coming with hunting can often be one additional thing that might sway the landowner to give you permission.
Tip 5: Be specific
It is important that you let the landowner know exactly when you plan to hunt and what portion of their property that you want to hunt on. This way they know where you will be on their property in case they were going to be doing chores near that area.
It also makes them feel at ease to know the times that you will be there so they will not be surprised to see a different vehicle or people on their property.
Tip 6: Landowner permission form/landowner permission card
Depending on the state you are hunting in it might be necessary to get a landowner permission form or landowner permission card to hunt on private property.
Typically these are very brief forms that you would have the landowner sign off on that outlines the days and times that you have permission to hunt. This way you are protected from any miscommunication with the landowner regarding hunting permission.
Be sure to check with your states wildlife office to see if a landowner permission form or landowner permission card is necessary in your area.
Tip 7: Do a favor in return
Many people who own the land that you will be asking for permission to hunt on are either farmers or otherwise use their land for income or personal use.
This means that there are often things around their property that they could use some help with. For example, the farmer may need help repairing some fences on their property. If you volunteered to help them out for a few hours this would be a big benefit to them and would likely be a great exchange for them to allow you to hunt on their land.
Tip 8: Don’t be afraid to ask
The final tip I would like to give you is simply to not be afraid to ask. When I first started to ask for landowner permission to hunt private land it was nerve racking. I was never sure what the landowners would say.
Now that I have done it many times I can tell you that the fear is all in your mind. If you treat the landowners respectfully and kindly, many times they will give you permission.
The few times that people have said no to me they were still always nice about it. One of the most common reasons that they would say no is that they use the land for hunting themselves or they have a family member who uses their land for hunting. Those are all respectable reasons for them to say no.
Finally, remember that you will never get permission to hunt private land if you do not ask.