How to Get More Hunting Access

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Chances are good that you would like access to additional land.  I have a neighbor who literally calls me up and says “they’re here, come shoot them!” 

Yes it is a dream come true!  How did I manage it?  The geese did all the work.  By covering my neighbor’s lawn and pond bottom with goose feces they polluted the area to the point where my elderly neighbor petitioned the State Department of Environmental Conservation for a nuisance permit that authorizes her or her representative (that’s me) to shoot geese on her property six months per year.

After I had helped my neighbor out by getting rid of “those monsters” I got in contact with my regional DEC office and they promised to let me know when they receive complaints from land owners who want to get rid of other geese on their property.  By doing the same, you just might be able to have land owners call you and ask you to come hunt on their property too!


Deer Slayer's picture

Thanks for the tip. I know

Thanks for the tip. I know here in Ohio we have a web site that hunters can register on and farmers can then check the web site and contact hunters who are looking for places to hunt. I haven't had any success with it yet but it did just start 2 years ago and it's not very well publicized. The program is still in it's infant stages. Luckily I haven't had a need for it with all the private land I have had access on.

arrowflipper's picture

Great thinking Grooooovy Mike

Hey that's a great idea Mike.  I would never have thought of that.  Why are you so much smarter than me?

We have a plethora of geese here on the West coast and they definitely can become a nuisance.  They seem to have a never-ending supply of poop.  Our water-side parks are sometimes almost unusable due to all the goose droppings on the ground.  The docks are almost white and no one wants to swim off one of those.  I hadn't thought about contacting the department to find out who whould like to get rid of them.

Turkeys are almost the same here in parts of Washington.  As the turkey flocks began to flourish, farmers would be so excited to see them and actually started feeding them in the winter around their farmhouses and/or barns.  Well, those big old birds didn't forget where all that free food was coming from... they started coming back every year, and bringing all their friends and relatives with them.  Pretty soon farmers were up to their necks in turkey poop, or at least turkeys.  No longer were they happy to see them in their yards and barnyards. 

Farmers that for years refused to let hunters bother their sweet little turkeys were all of a sudden clamoring for someone to come get rid of the pests. 

Hunting public land for turkeys is still a tough proposition due to hunter pressure, but finding private land is becoming a lot easier.  One thing I've found is that becoming a friend throughout the year, rather than just at hunting season makes a difference.  I made friends with a family that owns 30 acres of the most prime turkey hunting land you can find.  They are surrounded by property that is all posted.  It's like my own little private preserve.  And I do not take that for granted.  I live near the ocean so I take them seafood any time I get to their place.  We have become friends on a year-around basis.

Great tip Groovy Mike, but who wants to shoot those big, fishy-tasteing geese?

ManOfTheFall's picture

That is definitely a great

That is definitely a great tip. Besides the family farm I hunt on, I also hunt a couple of other private farms. Every land owner that I have had permission to hunt on their property has always said shoot every deer and turkey you can. They are up with them eating all of their plants and destroying their yards. I think one of the best areas to do this in is rural rich areas. These people spend alot of money on their yards and their landscaping gets destroyed every year. It may be a tough sell at first but eventually these people cave because they get tired of their yards being destroyed. 

numbnutz's picture

Great tip in theory. Like

Great tip in theory. Like others had said out west the all mighty dollar speaks the loudest. I'll use CA_ hogs for an example, the hogs are killing the ranchers crops but instead of having hunters come out to hin them out they want to recoup the losses from the pigs through the hunters. If people stopped paying and he was loosing more and more money I'm sure his tune would change.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Good tip, but as Critter

Good tip, but as Critter said, it's a little different out west.

I also think that alot of the people, across the US in general, see the almighty dollar when they look at hunting. I will use pigs as a prime example.

Heck, how many times have you heard about pig "running wild", or damaging all of someone's crops.  But, when you offer to help them out by shooting some of these "nuisance" pigs, they say sure......for $500. 

Out here, it's pretty much just knocking on 100 doors, and hoping at least one "yes" will be heard for all your hard work.

Congrats on your goose hunting access.  Sounds like a good connection to have!

Critter's picture

That is a good idea if you

That is a good idea if you can do it.  The problem out west is that the land owners have found out that large hunting clubs are more than willing to lease their property for their hunters to come onto it to shoot the geese.  That along with them also finding out that hunters will pay a trespass fee for the chance to hunt on a property that has geese and ducks landing on to feed.  For some reason the all mighty dollar is speaking more than the lone hunter himself. 

jaybe's picture

What a Great Plan!

That really is a great plan - I'm glad for you for the way it worked out. And, to think that you are going to be notified if any other people complain about geese on their property.

I used to live in an area where the whitetail were doing extensive damage to some apple orchards. The DNR gave the owner several dozen crop damage permits which allowed them to kill one doe for each permit. He let me take three or four each year, which was a great blessing for a guy with a small income feeding a family of 6.

After a few years of that, the DNR started charging him $3 each for the permits, and he wasn't allowed to sell them. So he told me that he would give me the permit, but charge me a $3 trespass fee each time I came out to hunt. It was still a great deal, even if I didn't get a deer (which I usually did).

Perhaps some of the previous posters who indicated that they didn't think it would work where they are might give it some more thought and find out that there are some kind of crop damage or nuisance permits available where they are. Maybe not, but it might be worth a little checking on.

Thanks for your tip.