Where can I hunt?
The next step gets even more specific. It’s time to scout the areas.
The best method is to actually get out there and look. Finding shed antlers in the late winter and early spring tells you very specific information about he animals that live there. Through the rest of the year, use your feet, your camera and your binoculars to spot the animals. Learn about their behavior and what types of signs to look for. Observe what they are doing and where they are travelling. Look for food sources and keep in mind how these might change as fall comes on and hunting season begins.
This is a very good time to begin establishing contact with landowners in the area!
Another very successful method is using photomaps. Sometimes it is not practical to personally visit the area of choice. If you have learned of the animal you intend to hunt and its habits, you can focus in on likely areas with the aid of photomaps.
Once your areas are determined, you must obtain permission from landowners if the land is private. Certainly, an actual visit to the landowners in the area during reasonable hours of the day and well before season opening is one way.
The best solution is to obtain a map of the Rural Municipality you will be hunting in. These maps contain the information on exactly who owns which parcels of land.
An introductory letter or phone call followed up with a personal visit can help your relationship with the landowner.
Public Lands and the Fish and Wildlife Development Fund
There is lots of public land available for you to hunt on as well. Please refer to the Hunting and Trapping Guide for more information. We will talk about a couple of opportunities in particular.
The Fish and Wildlife Development Fund has purchased many thousands of acres of wildlife habitat throughout the province. 30% of every dollar spent on hunting and fishing licenses and permits goes into this fund. You, having purchased a hunting license, have contributed to this cause and have a right to access these lands.
Hunting must be done on foot only but that type of hunting only adds to your enjoyment of the outdoor experience. You can inquire locally bout location of these lands or contact SERM Wildlife Branch.
Another very important program is the Habitat Trust program under the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation. Again, these lands are acquired because of their value as wildlife habitat. Most of the lands are open to public hunting. Please contact the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation for more information.
Once likely locations are determined, permission obtained and your areas are scouted out, the next step is to make sure you have the right equipment, are properly prepared and ready to go. Some checklists are provided later in this module for you to start from.