PLAN B: Okay, that serious study effort didn’t work out. Off-site places and situations like roadside diners, town-meeting locations, grocery stores, yard sales, even Friday night at the local bar, can provide the connection you need. You could run into a person who owns the property, or a neighbor who knows the people who do.
DIRECT CONTACT: Sometimes you can secure access directly by talking to the landowner. Other times you may need an intermediary. This go-between person can be your good-will ambassador, making subtle suggestions to the landowner.
TRUMP CARD: Sometimes posters might also hang on properties where access isn’t legally prohibited. They may have no right to post it. Make sure you confirm this with additional steps.
GET WRITTEN PERMISSION: Verbal permission used to work in “the good old days” but this is a brave new world. Get it in writing. And make sure the person giving you permission this way actually has the right to do so!
PAY UP: Some hunters routinely pay annual lease fees for using posted landowner-held property. It can be on a daily, weekly, or annual basis. If cost isn’t an issue, reach for that wallet.
THE FINAL WORD: Let landowners know how you’ll hunt, where you’ll do it on the property, what you’ll be doing in there, and who—if anyone—you’ll bring along. Visit them wearing clean pants, a pressed shirt, and a smile on your mug, and you might pass the initial test. Image is sometimes everything.