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Hunting permission deserves thanks

February 04, 2010 at 07:29 PM

GateHouse News Service

I was spotted in the supermarket one day with a cart loaded down with hams and turkeys. A gentleman looked at me and said that he had never seen anyone who loved ham and turkey as much as I apparently did.

I laughed at his statement and informed him that none of them were for me, and that they were thank-you gifts. This got his attention and also apparently got his curiosity going as well.

“What could anyone do to deserve a cart load of meat?” he asked.

I told my new friend that the cart was not for one person, but rather it was for several people who had allowed me to hunt on their property.

More years ago than I would care to count, a good friend of mine told me how he delivered hams and turkeys to the landowners who allowed him to hunt on their property. He had explained how it showed the landowners how appreciative he was for their generosity. I have practiced this show of thanks ever since.

I cannot begin to explain how excited people get to receive a heart-felt thank-you from me when I do this, I told my new friend. He looked puzzled and asked how much it cost to say thanks. A lot less than payments and taxes on hunting land, I replied.

Think about this the next time a landowner allows you access to their property. I have found that a simple show of thanks, such as a token gift, creates a bond between the landowner, and that becomes very strong. Kindness goes a long way with everybody.

For example, I was hunting a wood lot which had proved to be quite productive. I drove by one summer day in the hopes of doing some early scouting when I noticed several posted signs. There had never been posted signs on that property before so I figured that the land had traded hands.

I decided to visit the woman who had previously given me the permission to hunt her property and inquire about the signs. She invited me in for a glass of iced tea and we began to visit.

Shortly into our visit she asked me if I had seen the signs. I replied that I had and asked if she had sold the property. She laughed and said that the signs were for me.

“What did I do?” I asked.

She interrupted and told me that they were a good thing. She went on to say that I was the only person who had ever come back – outside of the hunting season – to thank her, and that I was the only one now welcome on her land.

This kind of response is not typical; however, it happens. People reward kindness with kindness and it is so easy to do. There are many ways to show your thanks for someone allowing you to do what you love to do. I have baled hay for hunting access; I have shoveled snow and even showed up with a weed eater and trimmed around a yard full of trees and a barn.

The smiles are unforgettable when someone is presented with a gift of kindness like that.

I stopped at a farm one time to ask permission to hunt and was denied. I was informed that the guy just didn’t want people on his property. I told him I respected his wish and went on to ask if there were any fish in the creek that bordered his farm. He told me about all the fish he used to catch out of that creek but said he hadn’t been fishing in five or six years.

I was on my way to go fishing when I stopped to ask him about hunting so I invited him to go fishing with me. He thought for a minute and said that he would like to go fishing.

We didn’t catch anything worth bragging about; however, about an hour into the fishing, he gave me permission to hunt all of his property. I try to take him fishing with me every summer, and we have a great time.

Ask yourself what little thing you can do to express your gratitude for the people who show you kindness during the hunting season. This works for all types of outdoor sports as well. I have taken a gentleman squirrel hunting for allowing me to fish his farm pond. Remember that it is much easier to gain access to hunting land if the landowner sees you more than one time a year – usually right before the season opens.

Remember to show your gratitude to everyone who helps in your ability to enjoy the great outdoors, like the wife who smiles when you tell her about the hunting trip you want to take. Never forget the value of a bag of venison jerky or hot sticks. They are always good for a big smile when you pull them out of your pocket. Mostly, remember that it’s a great outdoors.

Journal-Standard writer Jim Kilchermann is an avid outdoorsman who is thankful to all of the people who help him enjoy his outdoor passion. Contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and share a story or a story idea. This column is the opinion of the writer and not of the newspaper.

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great story.  people who hunt that cry because they have no place to hunt or are losing there hunting ground should take heed to this story. as a land owner my self those who help me i help them.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/05 at 09:11 AM

i love the article but i have the reverse luck even if i do go above and beyond i love to show them thanx but seems like i never get permission till the owners are pretty old and it lasts for 1-2 yrs then they die and their kids sell the place or the widow is not comfortable with “strangers” on their land so they stop it all together.and after i lose a place it seems like it takes me literally years to find a new spot….like i lost my last spot 3 yrs ago and still havent found another one cuz the population of hunters compared to the available land is so outta wack that u have to go 2-3 hours away to find a spot but then u are limited on time so if theres a big one there u cant pattern him so i guess thats why i have settled into the status of “meat hunter” which is what i want to be but everyone wants to put one on the wall eventually but itas not looking good for the home team here lol but if someone would be kind enuf to allow me to hunt i would surely thank u

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/07 at 01:44 PM

Turkeys and hams or anything else wont cut it around my parts anymore,i did that for years,my wife which i think is one of the best cooks in fulton co even baked for them and they loved it.Now the only thing that will get venison in your frezzer is cold hard CASH.

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