Are you in need of a hunting spot this for this upcoming fall? Here’s how you can find one.
Did you lose permission on your hunting property from last year? Or maybe you hunted public land that was run over with other hunters. Whatever the case may be, here’s how you can find a quality hunting spot in the next couple of months.
1. Door knocking
This seems to be the biggest hurdle with guys getting permission on private land. This summer get out of your comfort zone, and go out and knock on some doors. You don’t have to always know somebody to gain permission on private land. Don’t just go blindly knock on random doors either. Take some time on google earth and identify some parcels of land that look appealing to you.
Make a list of properties you might like to hunt, and then take a day and go out to these properties. Start with your favorite spots and work your way down the list going from property to property asking for permission. I would dress somewhat nice, and always offer the landowner something in return. I usually ask if they need any help with anything on their land or want any venison in return.
If you do the work and make a list of 10-15 properties, you ought to gain permission from at least one or two of the landowners you visit.
2. Overlooked public land
Public land. Those words may make some people cringe. The thought of vehicles lined up for what seems like miles along a dirt road instantly pop into some people’s head and cause them to forget the notion of looking for hunting spots on public land. This isn’t always the case though. There are always pieces of public land that are overlooked, and it’s up to you to find them.
Analyze aerial maps in a different way than you normally would. Instead of going to hunt somewhere that looks awesome on a map (because that’s what everyone else is doing) look for those small little areas that no one else notices. It may be a small finger of timber jutting out into a CRP field, or it could be a small piece of timber that is near a bigger chunk where everyone else hunts and pushes the deer into the smaller piece.
It can be beneficial to drive the backroads near the public land and glass these spots as well to confirm that deer are using them.
3. Start bowhunting
It can be extremely difficult to find a hunting spot for a few weeks of rifle hunting. Most people rifle hunt, as this is when public lands are hunted the hardest, and most landowners hunt as well. With bowhunting, season is much longer and is less intrusive. Many times if you ask a landowner for permission to hunt they will say no, because they don’t want guns being shot on their land. But if you let them know that you bowhunt, you are much more likely to get permission to hunt. Bowhunting will give you many more options for gaining land to hunt on.
If you’re still in need of a hunting spot for this fall, don’t panic, it’s not too late. You have plenty of time to put these tips to the test and find yourself some quality hunting land.
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