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Tips for Hunters - Being a Good Land User

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Landowners who permit you to hunt on their land are doing you a favor and placing their trust in you. Here are some recommendations to prove their trust was not misplaced, help with your relationship with the landowner, and portray a positive image of hunting.

  • Respect the landowner's property--hunting, fishing, trapping, or otherwise using it only when and where the landowner approves.
  • Understand clearly where you can and cannot drive or park your vehicle and abide by those restrictions.

  • Leave your name, address, phone number and also make, model, and license number of your vehicle with the landowner or use the Courtesy Permission Cards.

  • If you have permission to return, find out if there are certain times or places that you should avoid. Always attempt to let the landowner know where you will be and when.

  • Know the property boundaries and do not trespass on adjacent property.

  • Try to keep the size of your hunting party small and always let the landowner know exactly who else will be hunting with you.

  • Don't walk through unharvested crops or hunt near livestock or buildings.

  • Leave gates as you find them. Cross fences in a manner that will not break or loosen wires or posts.

  • Don't litter. Carry away litter left by others.

Download a Courtesy Hunting Permission Form