No matter what your preferred game is, having a successful and enjoyable hunt is always going to be contingent on one main thing: having access to quality hunting land. While public forests and reserves present a great resource for the average hunter, gaining access to private land takes your entire experience up a notch. Finding private land to lease can be difficult, though, if you’ve never done it before. Take a look at the pros and cons of a few methods for finding private hunting land:
1) Writing Letters to Landowners
One of the most respectful ways to go about gaining access to private land is to write a letter to the landowner in question. This is particularly effective if you don’t know the individual who owns the land or have never contacted them before. They’ll find it less invasive than just walking up and ringing their doorbell, and they may be more likely to respond favorably.
If you’re wondering how to get started. Small Acre Hunting published a great blog on the topic back in 2012. You’ll find that link here. (Insert link:http://smallacrehunting.blogspot.com/2012/06/writing-can-i-hunt-letter.html)
2) Pound the Pavement
While writing a letter is far less invasive than knocking on a stranger’s door, there is a time and a place for the direct approach. If you have an established relationship with another landowner or neighbor, you may want to approach them directly to ask permission to hunt on their land. You’re less likely to have success with this when dealing with individuals you haven’t met before, but if you’re respectful it’s worth a shot.
3) Classifieds & Craigslist
If you’re looking to cast a wide net in a specific area, you may want to consider posting an ad in the classifieds of your local newspaper. Detail what type of game you’re trying to hunt, when, and licenses or permits you hold and what compensation you can offer for use of the land. Similarly, scouring Craigslist may be fruitful, as well. You’d be surprised how many individuals post offers to lease their land on Craigslist
If you’re looking for a simplified, streamlined option, then FoggyTrail may be perfect for you. We’ve established a community of hunters and landowners ready to network with you to make great hunting happen. Best of all, we handle payments, screenings and all the other administrative sides of the process so that you can get out there and hunt quickly and confidently.