Minnesota Hunter Safety Course


Hunting on Private Land

Getting permission to hunt on someone's land can be a challenging affair the first time around. The landowner likely doesn't know you yet, so in order to get their blessing to use their land, you need to convince them that they will not regret it.

First off, you should contact the landowner well in advance of the hunting season. Don't wait until the morning of your hunt and show up at their front door ready to shoot! Wear normal clothing, and set aside enough time to discuss with them without being in a rush.

Be polite and courteous. Explain to the landowners your reasons for wanting to hunt on their property, your level of hunting experience, and your safety certifications. Offer to help them with chores, and tell them you will be more than happy to share your harvest with them. Above all, if they refuse do not get angry or upset. Thank them for their time and for saving the habitat that you identified as a good place to hunt or you wouldn't be asking them for permission. Leave with a handshake.

Hunting on someone's property is a privilege and needs to be taken seriously. You need to constantly remind yourself that the landowner allows you to hunt on his or her land because they trust that you will act in a responsible, safe and ethical manner. Failing to do so can damage your relationship beyond repair.

Be sure to check with the landowner, and obey any special considerations when hunting on their property. It is their right to impose restrictions to hunters, and you must obey them if you wish to keep hunting on their land. Also be mindful that the landowners gave you, and not your friends, permission to hunt. If you want to bring companions on a hunt, you must notify the landowner ahead of time, and get his or her permission to do so.

While hunting, treat the land as it were your own. You wouldn't like hunters on your property leaving spent cartridges lying around, driving through your crops and leaving fences or gates in poor condition, or shooting in the direction of your buildings or family, so don't to it to others.

Once you're done your hunt, stop by the house and thank the landowner in person. If you harvested game, offer them a share of the harvest. If you follow all these tips, you should be allowed to return for future hunts!