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    Default Gaining Permission

    anyone try gaining permission this year with any luck in SD? I know years past it was almost impossible, just curious if landowners were a little more willing to allow a guy this year with the low numbers of birds/hunters

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    Actually my opinion with low numbers you have less chance of getting permission

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    Quote Originally Posted by hot2plant View Post
    Actually my opinion with low numbers you have less chance of getting permission
    I have never asked permission to hunt private land in SD. I just shot 3 birds in 20 minutes on public land today. On a side note its getting fairly late in the season. I bet permission is easier now than the start of the season. I am not sure bird numbers make a difference.

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    A couple of land owners said no this year to us because of low numbers. At least that is the reason they used.

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    I could see both ways, not as many hunters out there this year pestering the farmers and farmers who are cognoscente of the fact that the bird numbers are low, which I've ran across here in MN when asking. only if you could convince them that shooting roosters would actually benefit the low numbers, but that would be a sit at their table with a cup of coffee conversation....

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    We had 100% success this year asking for permission. We hunted the week after thanksgiving around Armour. Our success rate is high on gaining permission. On the occasion permission is denied, it has been because of low bird numbers (only one year in the last 7), family coming the following week or holding it for family, or another party either already gained permission or it was just hunted. We have a trademark gift we leave with the land owners as a thank you. It is not payment, just a thank you for the opportunity to hunt their land. It makes it easy for the land owner to remember us by our gift as we usually go back to the same farms if conditions look good. Each year we'll add a new farm if we happen to stumble across something that says either "we have to hunt this" or "we actually put eyes on a good number of birds". Not bragging but just saying, now we can pick and choose to hunt what looks best and go their first. These are for the most part small tight communities and word gets around. Be respectful, honest, and carry a good attitude... friendships and roosters will follow. Can't wait to return next year. Until then our 45 day woodcock season will have to suffice. Have a great year, john

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    Went 1 for 1 on asking for pheasant permission, shot 3 man limit.
    went 7 out of 41 or 42 for waterfowl permission this fall. Lots of grumpy farmers not really wanting to be reminded they had standing water in their fields I guess.
    2/5 on muzzleloader doe. Tag unfilled, should fill it this weekend on private.
    0/3 on antelope rifle. Tag filled on public.

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    We got burnt this year, had a truck pull up with 2 hunters asking to hunt a specific slough since they shot a bird while road hunting and it went down in that area. About 20 minutes later I went over to see how it was going and found 4 trucks parked on the property with 14 hunters walking the 60 acres. Gave me a pretty bad taste in my mouth. I know most guys are honest but it only takes a few to make it easy to say no to future hunts. SDviking

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    that sucks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdviking View Post
    We got burnt this year, had a truck pull up with 2 hunters asking to hunt a specific slough since they shot a bird while road hunting and it went down in that area. About 20 minutes later I went over to see how it was going and found 4 trucks parked on the property with 14 hunters walking the 60 acres. Gave me a pretty bad taste in my mouth. I know most guys are honest but it only takes a few to make it easy to say no to future hunts. SDviking
    we unfortunately, did this to ourselves about 10+ years ago. dad had a friend in SD that had some stuff to hit, full of birds, the guy let us hunt it since it was just 3 of us. then the next time we showed up with 2 pickups full of guys, never got permission back -rightfully so. I've learned a few things the hard way on gaining permission and keeping a respectful relationship with the landowner, need to be 100% transparent!

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