The most exhilarating moment in a hunter’s experience is the instant of the shot at an animal or a bird. But much has happened before that point of the hunt takes place. Many factors determine whether your hunt will be successful. It begins with hunting for a place to hunt.
What do you want to hunt and where does it occur. For many the convenience of hunting close to home has a large appeal. In that case what you hunt might becomes a matter of what game exists within driving distance of your home. Whitetail deer occur just about everywhere east of the Rocky Mountains. This makes them one of the most accessible and popular game animals to hunt. Other game animals and birds that might occur close to where you live includes ducks, geese, dove, quail, turkey, wild hogs and various types of varmints.
Here’s a few ways to find local hunting spots:
- “Word of mouth” is a good way to learn about available local hunting areas and game. This might come from co-workers, gun store employees, and outdoor columns appearing in your local newspaper that report on current hunting seasons, conditions and results.
- Take out an ad in a local paper indicating your desire to find land to hunt. Be sure to state that you are an “ethical and safe hunter.”
- Knock on doors or make phone calls to ask landowners for permission to hunt on their land. Some states provide printed forms that landowners can sign giving permission to hunt on their land. Be sure you treat the property with respect and honor the landowner’s wishes.
- Hunting clubs are a good way for a group to pool resources and contacts to either purchase or lease private property. You can join an existing club or start one.
- The Internet is a wonderful way to access information. Many websites are available to help hunters find land. Here’s a few—www.leasehunting.com www.nationalhuntingleases.com www.findahuntinglease.com
- And don’t forget your own state’s DNR website. Most have sections that allow viewing of Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), as well as listing state and federal wildlife refuges that allow hunting.
If anyone has other methods for finding places to hunt let us know.