- Ask landowners for permission to hunt.
- Follow their restrictions on when and where you may hunt.
- Treat livestock and crops as your own.
- Offer to share a part of your harvest with the owner.
- Leave all gates the way you found them.
- If you notice something wrong or out of place, notify the landowner immediately.
- Never enter private land that is cultivated or posted, unless you have obtained permission first. Some states require written permission from landowners.
How to Ask Landowners for Permission
- Make contact well ahead of the hunting season.
- Wear street clothes—no hunting gear or firearms.
- Don't bring companions—a "crowd" could be intimidating. Don't bring your dog.
- Don't bring a firearm unless requested.
- Introduce yourself and tell where you're from. Tell your occupation if it will build credibility and that you are a hunter education graduate.
- Explain how you will respect the property if permission is granted.
- Be polite, even if permission is denied. Your courtesy may affect the outcome of future requests.
Landowner Complaints About Hunters
- Don’t get permission to hunt.
- Don’t tell the landowners when they arrive at or leave the property.
- Make too much noise.
- Leave litter behind.
- Carry loaded firearms in vehicles.
- Drive off the ranch roads.
- Don’t leave gates as they were found (open or shut) when the hunter arrived.
- Shoot too close to neighbors or livestock.
- Leave fires unattended.
- Violate game laws.
- Drink alcohol to excess.