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    Default Permission to hunt

    Iím on my way out to South Dakota for my second time next week. I had a blast last year and hunted exclusively public land. Just wondering what peopleĎs experiences were asking to hunt on private land. I just got back from North Dakota and was never turn down one time to hunt farms that were posted. That was for ducks and geese though not pheasants .Anyway, Best of luck to everyone giving it their all. Stay safe.

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    Way too many variables to give you a good answer. For the most part, expect to pay $150 a day per gun. However, you can certainly knock on doors, ask a farmer if they're at the field entrance without bothering them, etc. If you are just one guy and make a good first impression, you could possibly expect to be told "yes" for small pieces here and there. If you roll up with a handful of guys in multiple vehicles with out of state plates, no chance. If I am by myself, I will occasionally stop at a house to ask for permission if I saw one run into their property off the road, etc. Just ask to hunt a small piece here and there, a tree grove, will only shoot at one bird and be on my way, etc.

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    What works for me is my 73 Ford farm truck. It's a permission getting beast. 6 cyl.4 spd.I bought it off a farmer in Kalispell, 20 years ago.It even has a vintage international Harvester sticker in the window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goosemaster View Post
    What works for me is my 73 Ford farm truck. It's a permission getting beast. 6 cyl.4 spd.I bought it off a farmer in Kalispell, 20 years ago.It even has a vintage international Harvester sticker in the window.
    If it'll make it out here, let us know how it works in the pheasant belt. Not sure the farmers around here, with their $75k pickups, $400k tractors, & $500k combines still feel a great kinship with someone driving an old beater. Maybe I'm wrong.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    Quote Originally Posted by A5 Sweet 16 View Post
    If it'll make it out here, let us know how it works in the pheasant belt. Not sure the farmers around here, with their $75k pickups, $400k tractors, & $500k combines still feel a great kinship with someone driving an old beater. Maybe I'm wrong.
    No shit. The guy where I hunt has a 75k pick up and a 300K plus in fueling station in his front yard. Farmers don't give a shit what you drive they care how you act. Moochmaster just has some kind of complex he is trying to overcome.

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    They do care.I drove up to a farm in my truck, and got permission. The next day, my friend drove up in his new suburban. He was turned down. Montana farmers are not as well off as South Dakota farmers.They don't make money off pheasant hunting.

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    Lol, that's probably right, but I would love to try.Too bad its such a cruise!!

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    Default Rich South Dakota farmers

    Quote Originally Posted by Goosemaster View Post
    They do care.I drove up to a farm in my truck, and got permission. The next day, my friend drove up in his new suburban. He was turned down. Montana farmers are not as well off as South Dakota farmers.They don't make money off pheasant hunting.
    I am really put off over your statement that SD farmers are better off because they " make money " off pheasant hunting. Yes turning a farm into a pay to play operation can work----big investment and MAYBE a big return. I work on improving habitat so there will be more birds/deer/ and everything else that needs the same habitat and it only costs me 4k or 5K$ a year to provide that. I don't charge people to hunt most are repeat guests and a few have been told not to come back.

    Here is a list of things that are NOT OK
    1. Drive over the hill out of sight and change the oil in your truck----make sure to leave the old oil and cans and filter.
    2. Trespass on land across the fence even if I pointed out that this was NOT OK-----I enjoy him yelling at me because of you.
    3. Clean your birds at the gate going into the land, that way everyone now knows it's a good place to hunt including those that like to trespass----I enjoy cleaning up your mess




    By the way--the crops are almost in and the bird # are up-----looks like late season hunting is going to be good.
    Pheasants Forever Life Member

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    Iím in south central South Dakota right. Now in 2day
    Coffee shops and restaurants are a good introduction to getting land and paying a small fee or giving gifts is also normal
    My son and I do public and now dinruvate with help from a few locals
    Best of luck

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    Isn't it a shame, that a few idiots can ruin the chances of real hunters gaining access to private land.Hunting, is slowly becoming commercialised, and it saddens me.I know South Dakota has better hunting than Montana, but pheasants are not a commodity, to be bargained for, like a sack of flour.Thank you for improving habitat, that's awesome. I know that all pheasant hunting, will eventually be pay hunting.Probably within 20 years.In that I mean, if you're not family, or friend, you will have to pay to hunt.Ive never been a group hunting guy, but I can see how it would be fun to stay on a farm, and hunt with the same guys every year.As a solo hunter, I can get on places that a group would not get on.So yeah, I get it, but it sort of rubs me the wrong way.

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