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    Best way to ask for permission to hunt private land in MI? I don't have any and it's a bit of a drive to the nearest public land, I'm always polite and friendly; what ways get you a yes to hunt someone else's fields?

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    Well, I might be a bad one to say, since most of our hunting occurs on land either owned by friends or family, so we aren't asking complete strangers. But in general, it helps to have some sort of connection with people they know (and get along with, obviously), i.e., friends-of-friends, friends of coworkers, etc.
    If you do have to ask strangers, try to offer something in return, and I don't necessarily mean money. It could be as simple as occasionally lending a hand with farm work, or doing some repair work on a building, if you're handy with tools.
    Either way, try to build a connection with them before asking, don't just roll up and say "Hey, I wanna hunt your farm". And be prepared to be turned down - a lot, because no matter when you do there's going to be a lot of people that say no, for many reasons.

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    • #3
      Take a kid with you. A landowner has a very hard time telling an eager kid no.

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      • #4
        I'm always on the look out for xtra ground,and start up conversing with people then get around to asking would they mind if I can try my luck bowhunting first.SOMETIMES I;LL ask about coyotes first and never no pressure on them. A lot of people don't eat venison,but just about all like summer sausage or jerky,offer to share.THIS is an on going process 365 days a year.I lose places to hunt an pick up places,after a few years you should have plenty of places to choose from .

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          Hi...


          The best way to get permission to hunt on private land anywhere is to NOT walk up to the owner's residence carrying your firearms...!! Leave them in your vehicle.

          If you're granted permission, and have good luck on your hunt, thank the owner on your way out and offer to share your your game with them.

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          • #6
            Can someone at OL please kick that troll who keeps -1ing everyone's correct answers off of here? It's stupid and childish and is dragging down the quality of the forums.

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            • #7
              huntfishtrap, you got it! I do not let anyone hunt or fish that I do not know personally. I've been burned by promises before. Some will say anything or promise anything to hunt or fish. Later I have the mess to clean up.

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              • #8
                I played the kid card all the time when my boys were little. Still have some of those places to hunt now that they are grown. Just shows that if you take care of a man's place and don't abuse it, you can probably come back.

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                • #9
                  Visit LandToHunt.com. It's an online marketplace to lease land for a day or more to hunters or lease your own land

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