In smaller tracts it’s hard to hang a tree stand without letting all the deer know someone is in their turf. If possible, set a stand as early as possible, even if that means putting up with mosquitoes and gnarly brush. If you don’t have the time, then set it when you can but definitely wait a couple weeks before going back. In smaller places it may be best to simply hunt from the ground, which eliminates all the clammering of hanging a metal stand.
If you show up to hunt your spot and the wind is wrong, turn around. In smaller tracts you get only one chance at a wall hanger and it’s not worth blowing it. Go hunt somewhere else, go fishing or help your wife with some chores. I know what you’re thinking — I would hunt somewhere else or wet a line, too!
Available land to hunt is easier lost than gained. So what do you do when you want to hunt private ground but are not a property owner yourself? How do you ask a complete stranger for permission to access their land with a firearm or bow? A friend of mine, Mark Barnett, has a unique approach in seeking out smaller tracts of land available for hunting. He treats it like a job interview.
Barnett has put together a professional looking resume he passes out to prospective landowners.
“Each year, while scouting out new places to hunt, I have given out dozens of them,” he said. “They have without a doubt resulted in new places for me.”
In it he lists a short biography about himself, including his job, family and a short reason why he is passionate about hunting. Also listed is his contact information, safety certifications and a few character references. He also explains his sincere appreciation if allowed on the property and how the land will be treated with the utmost respect.