NH: Tips for Turkey Hunters on Good Landowner Relations
CONCORD, N.H. — Hunters getting out for New Hampshire's spring turkey season (May 3-31) and youth turkey hunt weekend (April 30-May 1) can do a lot to help promote positive landowner relations, says Charles Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
"More than 70% of New Hampshire's land is under private ownership, so good landowner relations is key to maintaining access for yourself and for future generations of turkey hunters," said Miner. "Never forget that access to private land is a privilege provided through the generosity of the landowner."
A few basic strategies can make a world of difference. Miner suggests:
Plan to get landowner permission, whether or not the land that you would like to hunt is posted, as landowners always appreciate knowing who is on their property.
Remember that you are the guest of the landowner. Treat their property with the same care and respect that you would if it were your own.
Never park on lawns or block driveways, roadways, trails, crossings or gates, and always leave gates or other barriers the way you found them.
Use of a truck, car, or All-Terrain Vehicle on private property requires written landowner permission. If granted permission, understand clearly where you can and cannot drive or park your vehicle.
Do not walk through crops and always cross fences in a way that will not break or loosen wires or posts.
Become familiar with boundaries of the land you have permission to hunt, surrounding properties, recreation areas, farms and active logging operations.
Do not hunt near buildings, livestock, active logging operations or hiking trails.
Always ask the landowner for permission if you plan to construct a ground blind. Written permission is required if your blind will damage a tree or result in cutting of trees.
If you are bowhunting, do not hunt in fields. Always retrieve your arrow.
Carry out all trash, including that left by others.
Make every effort to express your appreciation to the landowner. Follow up with a personal note after the season to thank the landowner; consider providing the landowner a token of your appreciation, such as a gift certificate to a local restaurant; offer to assist with tasks that the landowner needs help with.
Turkey hunting has become a New Hampshire tradition, one that will only
continue if we follow the basic principle of landowner relations. Treat the landowner as you would like to be treated, and treat their land as you would like yours to be treated.
The Turkey Hunter Landowner Relations Project was developed as a partnership between the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Landowner Relations Program and the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The focus of the project is to maintain and increase turkey hunter access to private lands. Working in partnership with the Landowner Relations Program, turkey hunters work with landowners to proactively address any issues and concerns that are related to turkey hunting.
Further information on turkey hunting and landowner relations can be found at www.wildnh.com/landshare.
To contact the Turkey Hunter Landowner Relations Project or the Landowner Relations Program, contact Charles Miner at 603-271-3511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.