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Hunting Land Leases
by: Sally Rutten

Most bow hunter's today hunt on private property. Over the past few years it has gotten increasingly tougher to gain permission from a land owner to hunt his property. Finding good deer producing property can be a feat all by its self, and sometimes as tough as finding a needle in a haystack, but the more diligent you are the more luck you will have. You should by no means take it upon yourself to hunt any given land without permission, or on the idea that no one will see you. Trespassing is a criminal offense; you can be arrested, prosecuted, fined and even jailed. Not to mention losing all future hunting privileges. Getting permission to hunt any particular land is both the law and a courtesy to the land owner.

Land owners will have many reasons for not allowing hunting on their property, for example, some may have had bad experiences with other hunters and no longer wish to allow hunting, others may have hunters already hunting his property and don't want to over kill the wildlife or over populate with too many hunters. My husband and I have heard these reasons and many others, but in our quest for land to hunt, we have also encountered many land owners who are very forgiving and willing to have their land hunted.

Once you have found that "perfect" spot for hunting and you wish to ask permission, it helps to contact the landowner well in advance of your hunt. And best done when you are wearing street clothing and you have a little time to get to know the owner, and the owner has a chance to get to know those hunting his land. Be very clear with the owner as to how many companions you will have with you when you enter his property. When you have acquired permission, you need to keep in mind some rules and regulations. These are simple and very common sense rules that simply give land owners the respect they deserve.

-Contact the landowner well in advance of your hunt. Obtain permission for companions who may come with you, and check with the landowner each time you plan to visit.
-Follow the landowner's restrictions on when and where you may hunt.
-Leave gates open or closed as you find them (or as requested by landowner).
-Drive only on existing roads approved for use. -Don't walk across newly planted fields or areas with crops ready to harvest.
-Don't litter, build campfires without permission, or drive spikes or nails into trees that may someday may be harvested for timber.
-Leave livestock undisturbed.
-Use portable tree stands or portable ground blinds rather than permanent structures, which are unsightly, may damage trees, and eventually become unusable because of weathering.
-Don't leave the remains of field dressing in places where it would be easy to view or smell. Bury, hide, or pack them out. Be especially diligent about this if the landowner has pets that might find a gut pile and drag parts of it home.
-Show your appreciation to the landowner by offering to share your game, buying a small gift, or saying thanks in some other way.

Treat the landowner's property as if it were your own. Maintaining a friendly relationship will ensure that you have a place to hunt from one season to the next.

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