Knock Knock Hunt

4 Feb

I don’t want to sound greedy, but you can never have enough hunting property. I found that out the hard way this year. Between logging and hunting pressure, I used every piece of property I had access to this season, and I still felt like my hunts were being interrupted or I was wasting my time hunting that particular piece of timber. I ran myself out of options, and I have more options than most.

So what does a bowhunter do when they needs more hunting property? There are a couple options. You could go out to the money tree in your back yard and pick enough cash to buy your own property or purchase a lease. You could hunt public ground, which is fine if you can find a place that has the least amount of pressure. Many are very successful every year on public ground, and, for many it’s the only option. In Iowa there is public ground available, but like most states, it’s crowded and in small sections. I know what you thinking “This guy doesn’t know how easy he has it.” and you’re right, I do have access to good property, but it’s because I didn’t want to settle with public ground or high pressured ground. I want to remove as many variables as possible from my hunting equation as possible.

So what’s left? Knock knock knock knock knock knock knock knock┬áknock knock knock knock knock knock knock┬áknock knock knock knock knock knock knock. If you counted, there are 22 “knocks” in the sentence above. That’s how many times I have been told “NO” in one weekend of knocking on doors to gain access to hunting ground. It royally sucks, but all it takes is one “Yes” and you’re in business.

As of now, I have plans to call or knock on 13 different doors between now and the start of the summer. I will start of by asking for permission to shed hunt, followed by turkey hunting, followed by bowhunting. I have found through experience that I have had more success gaining access to property by working my way in slowly with less popular activities like shed hunting. Then, after they get to know you better, ask for permission to turkey hunt. I have properties that I only have access to shed hunt and turkey hunt. As of now I don’t have bowhunting permission, but my foot is in the door. Once the land owner gets to know you better and you prove to them that you are a good person, they may give you the access you ultimately wanted. Even if you don’t get the time to actually get out there and look for sheds or turkey hunt, your presence has been known. But, just like with anything in life, no matter how nice you are and how many doors you knock on, you still may never get the “Yes” you are looking for.

Thanks for reading,
Dan (DFW)




8 Responses to “Knock Knock Hunt”

  1. Chad DeHart February 4, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

    Another good way to get in the door is predator hunting or trapping.

  2. Josh February 6, 2016 at 3:13 am #

    9 Fingers rules. I got here from Mark’s podcast and feel even more at home here. I check in daily. Great stuff for the average guy and believe me I’m average. Now let’s get some good bourbon, create some fake archery talk/qdma screen names and have some fun. Busch light and knob creek had no part in this comment…maybe a little

  3. Grant February 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Dan, longtime follower. Got a question, you mentioned that you have 13 doors to call or knock. When do you call instead of knocking? Calling would be less stressful and akward at times, but less personal. Just looking for some advice, about to go pound the pavement next weekend.

  4. Matt February 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    I have had good luck with emails to large farms or orchards or hand written letters to private residences. Seems like when i go knocking door to door for access i am interupting the landowner or its at an inopportune time because of my work schedule. By doing this, though less personal, doesn’t intrude on the the landowners schedule. I normally introduce myself in the letter and give a little background on me and offer to meet them if they are open to having someone archery hunt the property. Got two properties this past year with this tactic.

    • Josh April 9, 2016 at 3:30 am #

      I recently started to do the exact same thing for the exact same reasons.

  5. Jim Davidson October 24, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    you really are a good writer

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