Always ask permission before entering private land. You need permission to hunt on agricultural land even if it is not posted. Trespassing is a misdemeanor. If convicted you could lose your license to hunt. All conservation and peace officers enforce trespass laws. Remember, your actions reflect on all hunters.
Hunters and land owners do not always understand each other. As hunters, however we need to understand the landowner's situation and point of view. If we don't, more private land will be closed to hunting.
As hunters, we might look forward to the age-old thrills and values associated with hunting-the splendor of a sunrise on a slough, the exhilaration of an approaching buck or tom turkey, or the expression of awe on a youngster's face as a rooster pheasant busts skyward.
Landowners may contemplate gunshots near their home, tire tracks in the fields, ominous-looking cars moving slowly, and trespassers. Landowners, in fact, might dread the approaching hunting season because it restricts the use of their own land.
A positive relationship with a landowner can be accomplished by:
- Following safety guidelines before, during and after the hunt.
- Looking at the situation from the landowner's point of view.
- Being courteous, even if denied access to hunt.
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