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Approaching land owners

Postby JMichigan » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:48 am

Ok, so it may be that I am unfamiliar with a lot of the state, and after speaking with some locals am a little hesitant to go wandering onto people's property for any reason for fear of being shot at so I'm wondering what everyone's approach is to new landowner's that you don't know.

for example, say a guy has 100 acres and for whatever reason he's placed is house in the middle of it, creating a 1 mile driveway (I see it as a long escape route) that has to be driven to the middle of the property. Are you guys just cruising up to the front door and asking or what?

Might be more unnerving to me since I get the squinty eyed "you aren't from around here, are you?" a lot. :smile:
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Re: Approaching land owners

Postby sooner737 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:10 pm

I send in the jehovas witnesses in first. Soften them up. Then you come in with the hammer. They are caught off guard and will say yes to anything. Furthermore I have nothing to add to what I'm always told ya. There's no trick or secret. Just go knock.
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Approaching land owners

Postby fishfurlife » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:14 pm

Just get over the fear of getting a No and all the reasons and excuses that you are making up mentally to give a good reason to not ask. Banging on doors is far more successful than phone calls and most phone calls that end in yes end up with a face to face meeting anyhow.

I hate for it to sound so blunt but there is permission to be had. You just have to ask.

No is no. Be it rude or timid. It's still just a no. That's all. Move on to the next.
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Re: Approaching land owners

Postby JMichigan » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:15 pm

the fear is more getting shot at or something unreasonable than talking to people. I'm pretty easy to get along with, you guys just do things a bit differently down here.
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Re: Approaching land owners

Postby Shrek » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:18 pm

I've walked up to a lot of houses to knock on doors and haven't been met with a gun yet. I've been to the houses in the middle of nowhere and the trailers with a pit bull chained outside. Just walk on up. Leave your doors unlocked and truck running if you're sketched out.


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Re: Approaching land owners

Postby fishfurlife » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:32 pm

JMichigan wrote:the fear is more getting shot at or something unreasonable than talking to people. I'm pretty easy to get along with, you guys just do things a bit differently down here.


Never been met with a gun. Been banging on doors a long time now and never had that. Have had " Go Away" shouted through the door but never a weapon of any sort.
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Re: Approaching land owners

Postby nitram » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:31 pm

Humility goes a long way. So does a pecan pie......
Pain or damage don't end the world. Or despair or f-ing beatings. The world ends when you're dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man... and give some back.- Al Swearengen
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Re: Approaching land owners

Postby sooner737 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:02 pm

nitram wrote:Humility goes a long way. So does a pecan pie......

Lmao :lol:
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Re: Approaching land owners

Postby younggun6632 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:41 pm

I have several suggestions some are more effective and realistic tha others

1. "Borrow" a US Mail sticker and put it on your vehicle.
2. Take your kids if you have any. Display the "Family man". If you don't have any, borrow some. I'm sure there are dozens of parents that will farm their kids out for a back country road trip.
3. Do your research. Once you have a name from a platt map Google can provide you with estimated age potential family members there and names. Additionally Google can provide you with potential felony charges and run ins with the law if you dig deeper.
4. Remove all identifiable items that pertain to a certain group or sports teams. It makes the person listen you instead of thinking about that yaaahooo emblazoned with a giant gold and navy M on his hat/truck/shirt etc. this goes for the typical Gooner or Poke license plate too. (Please note if you wear a black hoodie while hunting or have a giant sticker in your back windshield that says Whackin and Stackin 'em or something like please leave it there, it will improve my odds)
5. Don't lead with your checkbook. For obvious reasons!
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Re: Approaching land owners

Postby Mugzwump » Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:01 pm

Yea, I've met my fair share of creepers knocking on doors, but most people are more wary of us than I am of them. We learned to dress to look like undercover agents... works like a charm, and you wont get shot! rent yourself a black Suburban with tinted windows. :hammer:

lol... most people are nice, and if they say no themselves they are usually willing to send ya over to ask their neighbors.
I'm just getting ready to head out to do the same...

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Re: Approaching land owners

Postby Yuchi1 » Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:01 am

JMichigan wrote:Ok, so it may be that I am unfamiliar with a lot of the state, and after speaking with some locals am a little hesitant to go wandering onto people's property for any reason for fear of being shot at so I'm wondering what everyone's approach is to new landowner's that you don't know.

for example, say a guy has 100 acres and for whatever reason he's placed is house in the middle of it, creating a 1 mile driveway (I see it as a long escape route) that has to be driven to the middle of the property. Are you guys just cruising up to the front door and asking or what?

Might be more unnerving to me since I get the squinty eyed "you aren't from around here, are you?" a lot. :smile:


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Re: Approaching land owners

Postby Yuchi1 » Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:13 am

Or, you can don khaki pants, plaid shirt and some Wellington boots. Drive until you see a farmer on his JD tractor. Walk the 200-300 yards out into the field ahead of his run and wait, he''ll stop and talk with you on a heckuva more cordial basis. Firm handshakes and eye contact go a long way. The command of German language can, in some instances, be the deal sealer.

Avoid the whinney, nasal northern brogue at all costs.

Finally, DO NOT drive up in a Japanese vehicle. :beer:
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Re: Approaching land owners

Postby JMichigan » Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:11 am

haha good stuff guys. I think I have everything but the northern dialect covered. Hard to hide that.
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Re: Approaching land owners

Postby Okie Ducker » Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:12 pm

Most people are decent people and will at least treat you cordially, but there are some who have had bad experiences with sorry people who have trashed their land, damaged fences,....etc. Who can blame them for not giving permission? If a place has posted signs reading "NO TRESSPASSING" or "NO SOLICITING" at the entrance, then probably better avoid it. If you choose to go ahead and trespass, then I would recommend these 2 words......BOB and WEAVE! :help:
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