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.
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.
Gaining access to private ground is tough no matter where you hunt.
Here in Montana, many private landowners allow public access for hunting through the state’s Block Management Access program (BMA). By enrolling in BMA, landowners let folks like you and me hunt their property at no cost to the hunter. The program benefits everyone, resident or nonresident, and opportunities range from pronghorn to elk to mallards to turkeys.
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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...