Hunters don’t go on public lands looking for trouble with neighboring private landowners, but sometimes tense interactions can happen. Here’s how to avoid them.
Feature image via Sam Soholt.
Getting permission to hunt on someone’s private lands is an opportunity you shouldn’t squander. Here’s how to respectfully maintain relationships with the landowner and give yourself the best chance to hunt that land again the following season.
In Illinois, finding places to hunt is getting increasingly difficult. The state is 97% privately owned, and the few public hunting areas are so crowded that it’s deterring to newcomers. It’s a worrying trend in a state trying to combat declining numbers.
“You used to be able just to knock on somebody’s door and they would say ‘sure,’” said Tammy Miller, Illinois Department of Natural Resource’s access program manager. “Landowners are more...
Public land offers up some seriously great opportunities to target waterfowl. But chances are, you won’t be the only one out there. Here are a few tips for hunting public land waterfowl with courtesy and respect so we can all leave our blinds with birds for dinner and without hatred for our fellow hunters.