Hunters, be sure to thank landowners for using their property

Maybe a book, like Marnie Mamminga’s "Return to Wake Robin" or Jerry Apps’ "Never Curse the Rain," would be enjoyed by a landowner this winter.

Now is the time, if it hasn’t already been fulfilled, to remind those landowners on whose land we hunted that we appreciate their kindness.

Most don’t expect much, but all expect at least a thank you.

Find out indirectly what they like and dislike. Don’t just assume a case of beer is the answer. Some, who drink, don’t touch beer.

Do they read? Hunt, too? Have work they need help with?

Start with a call or letter, not a text or email. A hand-written note in a card with a gift card to some place useful won’t be returned. Gasoline usually works.

Maybe it’s a piece of venison; maybe not.

Jerry Apps, a Madison author, has written many farming-related books, including “History of Wisconsin Agriculture” and “Never Cruse the Rain.” He and his daughter, Susan, have penned cookbooks, too – farm, country, old-style cookbooks. And there is a book about one-room country schools, and at least five novels.

There are loads of nature, hunting and fishing books, but many are heavy on technique and gear. Because many a landowner has little time to go hunting or fishing, maybe a few stories about trout fishing, grouse hunting or fishing rather than a how-to book is the answer. Look at “Return to Wake Robin,” by Marnie Mamminga, a fine read about northern Wisconsin’s old-time resort communities – again, stories, not how-to reading.

A long-time archer and gun deer hunter who owns no land takes plates of baked good, cookies, his wife makes. He has become known as the Cookie Man and every landowner, even the local deer processor, awaits his simple thank-you gifts.

Whatever you do, do it, and put some thought into it, too.

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