Sharing Property With Other Hunters

24 Sep

Unless you are blessed with owning or leasing your own property or have sole permission to hunt a private farm, you are more than likely sharing hunting rights with other hunters. Especially if you only hunt public ground.

 

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Over the years I have come in contact with several different personalities while hunting, most of which were good. But, there have been a couple times where there has been an attempt to strong-arm me because they have “been hunting here for 20 years” and didn’t want any competition. I can remember gaining permission to a particular farm and one night after an evening hunt my truck was blocked in by two other truck. Two guys approached me in the dark and basically told me that this property was taken. I literally thought I was going to get in a fight. I told them that I received permission and tried to ask for their phone number so we could communicate and prevent ruining each others hunts, but they refused and very aggressively told me to leave and not come back. When I gained permission to the property I was under the impression that I would be the only hunter on the property. The next day I called the guy who had given me permission (my best friends dad) and explained to him the interaction, I didn’t want to rat the guy out but wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page. My buddy’s dad told me to write a note and leave it on his treestand with his phone number. The note basically read “As of now you do not have permission to hunt this property, if you want to permission to hunt this property please call…” As I was walking to place the note on the treestand I noticed a couple bait piles in front of his stand locations, I then added on the note that baiting deer in Iowa is illegal and if he had any question he could call the DNR and provided their phone number as well. Kind of a smart-ass move. To keep a long story short, the guy called my buddy’s dad and ending up trying to strong-arm him as well saying that he “had been hunting there since he was a kid” and didn’t want to share the property. My buddy’s dad gave him 48 hours to remove all of his treestands and “get the f*** of my property” Come to find out the guy received permission 15 years ago from my friends grandfather before he went in to a nursing home, a lot can happen in 15 years and that is why it is very important to be in communication with your landowners every year.

I have been on both sides of the fence. I’ve been the new guy to a property as well as the “old dog” who has had to share with new hunters. We all have permission to hunt and if there becomes conflict between the hunters you can run the risk of losing rights for everyone.

I share my main hunting property with 3 other hunters. For the most part we stay out of each others way and all have out favorite places to hunt. 2 of the 3 hunters are pretty cool, we communicate with each other a couple times a year about the property, if there are any down fences where the livestock can get out, or if we notice anyone on the property that shouldn’t be there. The third hunter, who has been there the longest, is older and has a “I do what I want when I want” personality. This means that he will drive right by your truck, walk right by your stand, and drive his four-wheeler down the two-track where you are hunting good sign. I confronted him the very first year I hunted the property asking him if he saw my truck and if he knew I was hunting the area. I told him that if I ever saw his truck I would find a different place to hunt as to not ruin his hunt. He didn’t seem to care what I thought or what I said, and I knew from that point on it was pointless to have any type of conversation with him about how we could communicate to prevent ruining future hunting. He tends to sit in the same stand locations every year and for the most part the deer know this. Because I am younger and more mobile, I have made a habit of flanking his positions and over the years have had some awesome encounters with some great deer.

Because I only bowhunt, I don’t even worry about the shotgun hunters. Every year they take a couple does off the property along with a 3 year old buck. It’s just something I completely ignore. Because if I thought about it I’d go crazy.

There are a couple unwritten rule I try to live by when sharing hunting property with other hunters. First come first serve, if I see a tuck in the area that I want to hunt, I find another place to hunt. It basically it comes back to the golden rule, treat others like you would want to be treated. Communication is key. I go out of my way to ask them where and when they hunt. If they are smart they would do the same thing, the alternative is everyone doing what they want and causing chaos. With that said, after the an attempt has been made and it results is a negative response I will do one of two things. I will either just hunt with no regards to them, or more than likely find a new property to hunt. But, I will try to prevent that from happening by any means necessary.

So the next time you have the opportunity to communicate with a fellow hunter about the same property, I suggest you do it. Who know, you might even some information that may lead to you killing one of your hit-list bucks.

As always, thanks for reading.
Dan (DFW)

3 Responses to “Sharing Property With Other Hunters”

  1. Scott Clarke September 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Well said. I share properties and have had similar confrontations. My biggest issue was guys sitting my stands. I’ve just accepted that fact and use my mobile setup more. At least no ones stolen any of my cameras yet.

  2. JGP September 24, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    I’ve had permission to hunt a nice farm for several years. Couple of years ago, the owner gave permission to another guy as well. He put up a stand and then put posted signs up all around the 2-3 acres surrounding his stand, right in the middle of the property, not even on a property line. What a tool.

  3. Tim September 25, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    I’ve been both the new dog, and now the old dog on the same property. As a fairly new bow hunter, I’m still learning a lot about hunting mature deer, and trying to use what I’m learning here and the WTH podcasts on the property I get to hunt. With hunting property being so hard to get, it’s tough not to get bummed out at the sight of the “new guys” stand right where I think would be a great spot. After all, I’ve been learning this property for a few years and he comes in and sets up right THERE. I have to constantly remind myself that it’s not even my property, and they just want a good spot to hunt too, just like I did when I was the new dog.

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