The Hunters Corner
By Greg Dell’Agostino (SWB BEO)
This column is going to be a small contribution from the hunters at the South West Bowmen. I am trying to give a little bit of information and encouragement to the people that want to try their hand at one of the most exhilarating sports that can be undertaken with a bow and arrow. The first article will touch on one of the hardest yet most important issues we are faced with when starting out.
Obtaining permission from landholders to hunt
Most farmers are hard working honest people that will always enjoy a good conversation so when introducing yourself. Try to find some common ground that will break the ice. A lot of farmers will not be hunters due to having a busy work schedules and family commitments but you can always raise a conversation about farming whether it’s about the weather, how the crop is going or what work is being undertaken at the time.
One chance to make a first impression
Try not to wear your camouflage gear to the landholder’s house, we all know camo clothing is great in the bush but is not ideal to set the scene for a relaxed and productive meeting where you are trying to gain the privilege to access their land.
Don’t be afraid to lend a hand
We all have a set of skills that may be useful to a property owner, a couple of weekends lending a hand will more than likely set you up with a property that you will have access to for life, as well as giving you an insight into the lay of the land and potential game that may be hunted.
Explore the contacts you may already have
All of us have a social network made up of friends, family and work or school colleagues and within that group of people there could well be your next hunting property. It never hurts to bring up in conversation that you are a keen and responsible bow hunter that is always on the lookout for somewhere new to try your luck.
This is where you may be able to turn an otherwise reluctant land owner into someone who has confidence in you hunting on their land. From personal experience I have seen how a well presented folder with some references from the land owners of previous places you have hunted, a copy of the ABA sports cover liability insurance and your bow hunter proficiency certificate could be just the thing to help make the farmers decision fall in your favour.
These are only my views and opinions, it is up to individuals to pursue their
sport as they see fit. The next article will be focused a bit more on hunting in the
field which is a lot more fun to write and read.
PS congratulations to Cameron Van Veen on claiming his FK and FKOS on a rabbit.