billythekid wrote:Nice Work! Wish I could find 800 acres of riverfront land!
Billy ; Here is how I have gained permission on two large(800) (1300) riverfront property`s. Knocking on doors ( cold calling) can sometimes be very unproductive . If you catch the farmer at a bad time ,in a bad mood , or if your just one of many that have banged on his door this week it becomes to easy for him to say "We don`t allow hunting "or " It`s already promised".. The method that has secured me hunting access to over 2100 acres in the last three yrs. is a little more involved . I went to the county courthouse and purchased a Platte book for $35. It contained the property owners name ,address and phone number . I then used an internet people search site to get all the info . available on that particular individual owner cost $2.50. I then composed a letter outlining who I am, my background, and my passion for water fowling, I placed an emphasis on explaining that if he would give consideration to allowing me to hunt on his property I would treat it with the utmost respect and always leave it in as pristine condition as when I entered .In summarizing I then said I would be making a follow up contact in the near future . Be sure if you use this method to put in all your contact information as on both occasions I have used this system the property owner contacted me before I had made the follow-up call .
This type of approach to securing hunting access may not work every time but as of right now I`m two for two.
Maintaining the relationship : Here`s what I do to keep the farmer/hunter relationship healthy. At Thanksgiving I send each farmer a note of appreciation for allowing me to hunt and a " spiral cut honey baked ham " I figure who doesn`t like a ham at thanksgiving. I send Christmas cards . At the end of the season I do a follow up Thank You Card with a notation regarding how much I enjoyed hunting his land and how much I appreciate him allowing me to be there.
wtrfwlr43 wrote:Nice hunt John. Beans can be very productive around where I live when we've had a rain and they are soft. The geese will pile into them. A couple ways I've had success at hiding in beans. The farmers won't let me dig down so I look for a LOW spot, rake a BUNCH of bean chaff (well away from the blinds) and cover the blinds completely with chaff. Or hunt an edge or waterway with grass.
Way to hang in there and get some birds!
First season I hunted this field it had numerous low spots . The farmer would plant around them allowing them to grow -up in weeds providing ideal spots to place our layout blinds . But a year ago he had the land laser leveled to my dismay . It`s now as flat as a pancake . Without the ability to dig in ,much like yourself I`m doing a lot of raking.