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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-27-2017, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Bummed, end of an era.

Went to the farm I've hunted just about every opening day for over 20 years. Past couple years, when the 2 son's officially took ownership of the property (they had long been running the business), they have been requiring everyone to sign a waiver form and give their vehicle description and plate #. No big deal and I usually took care of it early. This year it sorta slipped my mind until this past week. Planned to stop Friday but didn't get outta work in time. Went Saturday but one of the office employee's said lady (the one son's wife) I needed to see was out but come back Monday. Darn but this was my fault. Rather than just assume everything was good and hunt the early morning there before swinging by the office to sign my waiver I wasn't in the woods for the opener but instead stopped by the office as soon as they opened. Well, I sure was dismayed to be politely told "I'm sorry but we've closed the farm to outsiders for hunting." Felt like a punch in the gut. I had a feeling things were headed this way, last 2 or 3 years one of the guests was a problem. Jerk ruined it for everyone. I'm going to miss morning's in my favorite spot overlooking the hollow. My last deer on that farm was my 8 pointer last year.

I guess early next year it's time to look to gain permission on a farm closer to my home (this farm was near my dad's, where I grew up.)

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Ya that happens more and more these days. Sorry to hear of the misfortune.

Maybe seek permissions on several farms and check them all out. Options can lead to more harvests. Good luck.

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And now you have seen the future of hunting in Pennsylvania.

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Went to the farm I've hunted just about every opening day for over 20 years...
May not be a loss if it is a place you want to continue to hunt, you probably know the property very well. Every landowner has more projects than they can complete in a year, cutting firewood, improving stream crossings, fixing a bridge, controlling invasives, planting seedlings, fences, wildlife enhancements, etc. There is a big difference in attitude for someone that just wants to hunt your property gratis vs. someone that cares enough about the property to help the landowner. A few weekends a year could ensure a very good relationship with the owner.
Years ago I had exclusive hunting rights along with my wife to a 225ac. property because I would go out and cut firewood with the owner. Together we'd cut down the wood, load it on a trailer, and unload it at his place, a few weekends. Just depends how much you want it.
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May not be a loss if it is a place you want to continue to hunt, you probably know the property very well. Every landowner has more projects than they can complete in a year, cutting firewood, improving stream crossings, fixing a bridge, controlling invasives, planting seedlings, fences, wildlife enhancements, etc. There is a big difference in attitude for someone that just wants to hunt your property gratis vs. someone that cares enough about the property to help the landowner. A few weekends a year could ensure a very good relationship with the owner.
Years ago I had exclusive hunting rights along with my wife to a 225ac. property because I would go out and cut firewood with the owner. Together we'd cut down the wood, load it on a trailer, and unload it at his place, a few weekends. Just depends how much you want it.
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Maybe wait until the seasons are over and then stop by and talk with them. Once they see that you weren't part of the problems they saw, and that you're willing to help them with chores, they might give limited access.
I think it's worth the effort to try.
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And now you have seen the future of hunting in Pennsylvania.

I really can't agree with this statement.


For instance, my son got permission to hunt two new farms this year. He did all of the things that we have always been taught to do. Approach the landowner with respect, dress appropriately, respect the land, share the harvest, etc. I fully expect him to be able to hunt those properties again next year.


He also went and found the adjacent landowner and got permission before tracking a buck that he hit, (and we found).


With that said, I do expect PA's future to change. Smaller subdivisions and "farm-ettes" are more suited to the bow as a weapon than a high powered rifle. You may need to ask more landowners and hunt smaller patches, but there are still people who will generously allow you to hunt their ground.....you just have to work harder to find them.

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I agree with takemrarely. I hunt mainly these small acreage homesteads and farmettes and started with permission on 2 that are landscaping customers of mine but now have many. What has really surprised me is that I have actually had people call me and ask if I was interested in hunting thier properties. These have been friends/family of people whose land I hunt and do the things mentioned above...treat land respectfully etc. Often times they mention something to one of my landowners about deer damage, overpopulation etc and my person says "hey I have a good guy you should talk to. Word of mouth can be a powerful thing.
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