Just me and Gunner . . . hunting a new piece of ground only recently discovered. An absolutely beautiful set up, managed for wildlife, and simply loaded with pheasants. It's my new honey hole, only 15 minutes from home.
Yea, a 30+ to 1 hen to rooster ratio is certainly indication of some hunting pressure. Hopefully a few of those wise 'ol roosters elected to run in front of you too.I SLOWLY hunted that way and over the course of about 10 -12 minutes, there were 30+ birds getting up all around me, close to the river again. It was amazing. the most in one rise was 9. Then a step and three more. Then stand still 30 seconds, take step and 3 more, etc, etc. In all those birds, only one rooster, which I let fly. It must have been hit hard this season to see that many birds and only one rooster.
And, I have seen Nate work his door knocking magic more than once. I think he could probably give a class on it. But, to be fair Nate, I think you left one thing out, your closer.....Gunner! I believe twice now I have been with you that landowners have asked to see your dog and Gunner sealed the deal
about 5 years ago i walked up to a farmers door and asked to hunt a peice of his land,,,, he yelled at me and said, DID'NT YOU SEE THE DAMN SIGN 2 MILES DOWN THE ROAD? i was thinking to myself if i would have seen the sign i wouldnt be here!!! lol, well he yelled at my for about 5 min. before slamming the door in my face. so i just havent got the nerve up the knock on anymore doors. over the years all my private ground has dwindled away. my private P.F. ground is now a private lease deal for the big wallets. i do have one nice farm near my house im going to send my daughter up to the door lol.
Yea, a 30+ to 1 hen to rooster ratio is certainly indication of some hunting pressure. Hopefully a few of those wise 'ol roosters elected to run in front of you too.
And yes, there's no doubt that having Gunner in the truck has helped me secure some permission. From the way I enter the driveway, to the way I park the truck, to where I have Gunner sit (when in the cab), to how I approach the house . . . it's all planned, and in my experiences, lends to greater procurement of ground. All still authentic. Nothing disingenuous, nor "lucky", as I'm a firm believer in both preparation and creation of opportunity.
Perhaps we need to team up - I mean who would say no to two gals and a truck load of bird dogs?Come on NAte! You have my interest peaked. What do you mean by "The way I park the truck". These have to be things you wouldnt mind sharing with some rookies? I dont even think I am in your neck of the woods.
OH, and being a girl doesnt get me on things any quicker...........Maybe because I am 6ft 220. If I was 5 ft with blonde hair and big boobs, I may have a chance.
Perhaps we need to team up - I mean who would say no to two gals and a truck load of bird dogs?
I need to get better about asking - there are plenty of private areas around here that don't get a ton of pressure but I'm not a fan of cold calls. Luckily I've met a lot of locals through work that don't mind if we come out and hunt... and yes, a pretty dog certainly helps the cause!
That sounds about right - I've had 3 people over the years come to the door less than appropriately dressed. Usually I was knocking for work, though!Im game! Maybe it will help with confidence. If you get turned down......I will laugh at you and you can do the same. Maybe even make a game out of it. Take friendly wagers, HA HA HA
I think it could be fun.
Friend of mine told me about a friend of his knocking on a door to coyote hunt a property and being greeted by a naked 80 year old woman! I am sure if he would have just winked at her he could have hunted any where he wanted!