Maybe it’s because I am a lifelong Nebraskan with deep farm roots. Maybe it’s because I am a person with an outgoing, assertive personality who thoroughly enjoys interacting with people. Maybe it’s because of what I do for living and my employer. Maybe it’s because I am a legal hunter, an ethical hunter. I don’t know for sure.
But honestly, I have never had difficulty acquiring permission to hunt on private land with good habitat. I feel the quest for private land access to hunt is simply part of the overall hunting experience itself, although it is one of paramount importance in a state such as Nebraska where 97 percent of the land is held in private ownership.
Over the years, I’ve developed numerous friendships with landowners that have gone far, far beyond my interest in hunting. These landowners have actually become “family!” I attend their graduations, weddings, anniversaries, funerals, etc. and get this, I am even offered fresh sweet corn to pick about the first of August!
While these friendships have allowed me to hunt their land each year, I’ve also paid it forward in a variety of ways.
One of the biggest obstacles to hunters these days is getting permission to hunt private land. It certainly is not an easy task. In fact, it can be a downright daunting task. A distant memory are the good ole’ days when the ends of weedy fence rows did not have ‘No Hunting’ signs posted and the leasing of property for hunting rights wasn’t considered other than for waterfowl.
Though quite challenging, it is not impossible to find a place to hunt game animals and birds on private property. Expect to put forth a great deal of effort. When analyzed, nearly all of the methods to obtain permission to hunt private land are based on one factor, you, and more specifically, your personality.
Here are my top tips to assist you with gaining permission to hunt on private land: