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Page 10B The Woodville Republican, Thursday, December 17, 2015 p IIHaveaS '- It Is Important To Build A Good I. , .. , Hunter-Landowner Relatlonshl Darkllna II I'll assume an one who[ | , J'- ~] ~'~ ~'~ II by Bill Hamrick angry with you, butyou Y []~'A'~ [ /"~1~ ' / If 1~- "%Ib,. I/ Extension Associatecan always suggest they is a true sportsman and[ ] ~lli ~'~T/~ ~'~]~'~'[~f~ f~f~ ~]~,~/~,x ~ [ [ MSU Extension Service follow your example and conservationist knows I I I1 11 I/I,P [[lll%/I I II lk #" \ - I I put in the time and effort not to litter. However, if. . [ [ V V ~. J.~.L~/ ~/1 l~..[UL~. ~. ~,~[J ~F'-F.\ [ [ So, you have finally to find thmr own place,you spot some htter on [ I _ worked up the nerve to It should go withoutthe property that isn't I I Wewish V0U all v~ haiti ask that landowner for saying that you always yours, do you pick it up~ [ [ 2 , v--,.,, I ,,,v~,, ~,. ~]~/~\ I permission to hunt his observe and follow all Does thelandownerknow [[ L'~ , ~_ ~.,'_.v~ ~1[[ property for the upcoming game laws and regula- it isn't your litter? While[ I ~ ~,~ ~ll~t [ [ hunting season, and he tions. Failure to do so is no one enjoys picking up I I /Jl~ ~l~iml~..,"Y I I said yes. another one of the surest after someone else, 'it's [ | ~l~'~ ~~[~ /7 I [ In some cases, landown- ways to lose your hunting a small price to pay for[ | ]~.'~ ~~ ] [ era may provide hunters, privileges on a landown-hunting privileges. /I w~th a set of rules to fol- er's property..Also, while Report downed fences low when visiting their it is legal in some states and potential trouble ar- [ [ ~ ~,Y~~- ~ m | [ property. Others may to use certain scents, at- eas you may notice. Even / I f~A ~ I / simply take it for granted tractants and|or methods if the landowner doesn t / I J /k I / that you know what you of luring deer on private have any livestock, he or [ | ~ I __~-~- ~.~1~ ~ | [ should and shouldn't do,property, not everyone be- she still probably wants / I I ~ ,,,~li~" I I / and most experienced lieves it is ethical. Always to know if a fence is down / I W~4 'l~ ~1 ~JIAUI|I[~I~ J , I / hunters already know ask first! or if a culvert on one of / I " ~/(~[[/[i(ltl.~ I I these things. However, forIfa gate is closed before the property's roads is/ I v v I / the inexperienced hunter you go through it, make about to be washed out by / I l oDran I / -- the young, up-and-com-sure you close it behindthe next hard rain. i I ~ | [ ing hunter or the adult you. Even if there are no If you are leaving the | | ~Y '--~ ~.~ | / who is new to the hunting livestock behind the gate, property before dark and[ | ~: ~:~~l[[i~ UU~ | / experience -- there are a you have to assume it was see the landowner out and | | ~]ld~l~m~f~ [ [ few rules to follow. There closed for a reason. Also, about and he doesn't look | | "~.~-I~~'~, ~. ~ . ~ I | are also some things you an open gate accessingbusy, stop and say hello. / I ann start i [ can take it upon yourself a nronertv from a nublic On the other hand, maybe [ I ~ ~ I | to do that will greatly roa~d ~s o'ften an invita- he is busy but looks fike [ [ m ~,~ [ | increase your chances of tion to trespassers. Avoid he could use some help ~~ ~ ___l being granted permission driving through areas ofwith what he's doing, so to hunt on that property the property where the stop and offer to lend a.~ m- the following year if you ground is to~xwet or soft hand You don't want to ..... so desire. First, if you ge~our vehi- bother the owner, but you If the landowner lives cle stuck; you do.n~ want also don't want to appear .... on or near the property the landowner to hav~ tounfriendly or unwilling to ~::A_ i you intend to hunt, set up stop what he or she is ~lo- get your hands dirty. ~ i some kind of system so heing to come and pull you Once the hunting sea- ~ ~. or she knows when you out, especially if it's after son is over, promptly re- ~ will be hunting and the dark. Second, you don't move your tree stands : ,~]k~ general location where want to leave a bunch ofand|or blinds from the you plan to hunt. Use the ruts on the property, property and turn in any same system to let the landowner know when you have left the property. Not only is it a courteous gesture on your part, but it also gives the landown- er some peace of mind to know you left the prop- erty safely. Do not invite any of your friends to go hunting without first making sure the landowner approves. This is probably the most common complaint I've heard from landown- ers over the years. When you have a good place to hunt, there can be a lot of pressure from fam- ily, friends and in-laws to take them along with you. Doing so without first get- ting permission is one of the surest ways to have your hunting privileges revoked. Actually, unless the person in question is your spouse or child, I would not even ask. Your fellow hunters may get Avoid conflict with sur- rounding landowners. Do not set up hunting stands along property boundar- ies. You may not intend to harvest an animal on their side of the property boundary, but the adjoin- ing landowner doesn't know your intentions. If an issue arises between you and an adjoining landowner while you're hunting, be respectful and report the incident to your property owner and allow him or her to settle the issue. Do not shoot any preda- tor species, such as bob- cats, coyotes or raccoons, without first obtaining the landowner's permis- sion. You may feel you are providing a service, but the landowner may not view them as a problem. Now, let's look at some of the little things worthy of attention. ! iii? Wishing our customers and friends all the best this season! Gloster Insurance Agency Liberty Insurance Agency Inc. Tom Lewis and Matt Lewis, Agents 601-225-4241 601-657-8016 gate keys you may have. If you harvest any game from the landowner's property, be sure to offer him or her some of the meat. The owner provided you a place of recreation, and it's always good to of- fer some small token of appreciation. Obtaining a landown- er's permission to hunt on his or her property is special. Not only did you have the courage to up- proach the owner face to face and ask permission, but also he or she decided to trust you with the priv- ilege of hunting on that property. Therefore, a big part of maintaining your hunting privilege and ensuring future hunting privileges is to remember that adhering to the land- owner's best interest is in your best interest.