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How to Find a Property and Ask Permission

  Scott Einsmann   FeaturedHow To   May 12, 2020

Hunting opportunities exist closer to home than you might realize, maybe in your neighborhood or even your backyard. Many urban areas provide convenient bowhunting access, and some offer liberal seasons with surplus game. That means more time hunting and potentially more venison in the freezer.

To take advantage of urban bowhunting opportunities, you must first find a property and then ask permission to hunt it. In the above video, Taylor Chamberlin, an urban bowhunting expert, provides tips to get you started.

Outline the services you provide, and how you would safely bowhunt their property. By explaining and demonstrating that you’re safe, discreet and responsible, and that you’ll hunt their property with respect, you’ll get most landowners to at least hear you out. That’s also a great time to explain the liability waiver that state wildlife agencies landowners.

If you secure permission, ask landowners to walk their properties with you, and ask where they see deer. Also discuss logistics like field dressing, where you should park, and if they want you to contact them before each hunt.

By using tips from our video, and persistently and politely seeking access, you’ll obtain a stack of permission slips and a freezer full of venison. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our video series, which covers urban bowhunting strategies, staying discreet, and what you must do after each shot.

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