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I posted this ad on Pennswoods (local classifieds) to see if maybe a farmer/landowner would let me hunt their land in exchange for my harvest or maybe a small fee. I live too far away and dont know the area well enough to knock on doors. How does my ad sound to you guys? Everyone wants something so I left it farily broad and am willing to negotiate with someone nice enough to consider letting me hunt for a Doe. I can edit the ad if you think there's anything I should add or remove. I know its a long-shot, but so is finding public land haha so I figured its worth a try.

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I live/hunt in Mckean Co but am looking to expand my horizon into wmu 2B this late season. I will be strictly hunting for a Doe, as I have filled my buck tag. I abide by all regulations, and am very respecful and ethical, and will also abide by any and all landowner's requests without exception. I am willing to pay a reasonable fee to a landowner if I can gain permission to hunt your land. I am also willing to donate the landowner my harvest! I will have it legally tagged ofcourse and am willing to give a whole deer to the landowner if you desire, I am also willing to purchase multiple tags to harvest as many as the landowner wants, or as few as 1 ofcourse too. I may have other interesting trade possibilities for a landowner as well. I would really just like a place to hunt for a Doe. A farm or something would be great, but anything will do it does not have to be a big area. I will abide by all landowner wishes, including what weapon I use, day I hunt, time I hunt, etc. If you own any land in 2B, and want to talk about this further, please contact me. You may Text or call me anytime at 814-366-7222. I also check my email a couple times a day so that is fine too. Thank you and have a great day!
 

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Well I dont expect a huge response, but i only need 1 place so thought id try. I figured if i offered money or my harvest or something there would be something for the landowner to gain, and maybe get me a foot in to try to build a relationship.
 

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I would suggest adding a bit more information...ex. age, in college, profession, anyone hunting with you, etc.
 

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I think I would remove 2 parts.

1st- you don't really want to tell them that you are willing to shoot a deer but then give it away. sounds like you are saying "i'll kill deer just to kill something"

2nd- "I'll buy as many tags as you want" also tells them that you may just be out to kill things with no intent to use them.


As a landowner, those two items stick out to me as a HUGE negative. Just my opinion, nothing personal and surely not saying that you meant it the way i took it
 

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Just curious why you want to shoot a doe just to give it away? Not judging, to each his own, just a little different.
 

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I agree with 4c Perhaps saying you "would share the harvest" with the landowner would be better.
 

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I'm jumping on the bandwagon kyle, I understand by saying you'll donate the meat and kill as many as they want you're trying to get at deer control for crop damage on their property but it comes off as all you want to do is kill something.

Other than that, sounds great!
 

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Good luck, your motivation is definitely there. I put 100 letters in mailboxes 5 years ago, and it led to one call, then after one season and neighbors talking it led to a whole road of houses. Don't get discouraged!
 

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Papsattic said:
I agree with 4c Perhaps saying you "would share the harvest" with the landowner would be better.
Tagging along with my father prior to being of age to hunt, one of the first things that impressed upon me was his offering to share a deer with the landowner...after he harvested one. Some took it..and some didn't.

The first time I was with him and saw one harvested, he explained to me what he planned to do. I remember asking which half...the front, or back? I'll never forget the smile on his face. Hey! I didn't think about the possibiliy of cutting it another way! LOL.
 

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I think you need to look at the audience it will reach.

On a website of people interested in hunting, I wouldn't expect too many to bite. Especially in 2B with offering a deer as payment. Doubt they'd have a hard time getting a deer. Also, anyplace in 2B that I know has someone hunting there if the landowner is open to hunting. And if the landowner is trying to get rid of deer there are a lot of people hunting it.

Your better off to locate some properties on Google earth then identify the owner using the tax website and call, write, or knock on their door.
 

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Bearklr said:
Just curious why you want to shoot a doe just to give it away? Not judging, to each his own, just a little different.
Well, I can answer that for me at least. I killed a buck with a bow and a doe in rifle season. Also, my stepson got a buck in rifle season. We have plenty of meat in the freezer.

HOWEVER...I just like to hunt, so I'll be out with my muzzleloader!
 

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As soon as you pay a fee to a landowner it makes them liable for anything that happens to you or anything you do while hunting on the land. If they simply let you hunt for no fee then they are protected by law. You're better off not offering money unless you bring your own insurance specifically covering this activity.
 

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Gave you info on 212 public acres in 2B that gets very little preasure. Not sure why you are going to this extent but it looks like you only want private property to hunt.

I wish you luck!
 

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Hey pappy I would love info on 212 acres with light pressure in 2b. lol Good luck on add. I live in Pittsburgh and mainly bow hunt good spots get fewer and fewer every year.
 

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I'm just exploring all options and trying to compile ideas.

Gilby nailed it for me too. I have enough meat for my family to get through the year. However, I like to shoot deer. I wont apoligize for that or make it into something that it isn't. I dont "catch" them either, I shoot them and kill them. If a landowner doesnt want the harvest, I happily donate to the Hunters for The Hungry Program. Thats another reason I want to hunt 2B where deer are more plentiful. Also I like the late Doe season for Slug Gun and want to try it.

I also will glady sign a waiver protecting any landowner from liability. Although, I think its dumb. This country has gotten far too sue-happy. If a landowner blesses me with permission to be on HIS land, I consider that a sacred thing. I am in his domain and if something unfortunate happens to me, how is that his fault? Why would i blame him? I dont understand how people can do that stuff, and then wonder why landowners post their land.

Thanks for all the great advice guys!
 
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