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Posted: 23 November 2015 02:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Could you imagine trying to teach children to hunt on public land?  Going door to door begging sets a good example for kids?

I would get a second job or start saving for a lease or purchase.  There is no shame in waiting until you can afford it.

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Posted: 23 November 2015 02:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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I agree…don’t just give up until you can afford to lease or buy.
Despite what I said in my earlier post, not everything is leased.  Not every landowner just wants the money, either.  There is still private ground available.  Granted, it may be hard to find and you might have to get to know the farmer before he lets you on. 
Perhaps try joining a rural church.  Many rural churches have socials, dinners, etc. for fundraising…go with your kids. 
Attend local DU, Delta, Nat. Wild Turkey Fed. and Whitetail Unlimited banquets.
Do you predator hunt?  Sometimes that is a way on.  It’s easier to get permission on private ground to kill late winter coyotes-after deer and other seasons are closed.  That might be parlayed into something more.
Talk to your local CPO and wildlife biologist.  They may be able to point you to public area that isn’t overcrowded.

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Posted: 23 November 2015 06:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Riverrat I agree totally.  Good points! 


I wouldn’t call knocking on a few doors begging.  It’s the way most of us were taught when we were young if we didn’t come from families with land. 
My son and a family friends kid both learned on public land.  If you can kill deer consistently on public land if you do end up getting some private land it’s gonna be a walk in the park.  I’ve seen it with my own eyes.  After you kill a few with a masters degree the ones with the high school diploma dont seem so smart.

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Posted: 24 November 2015 10:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Explain to your kids that hunting is a rich mans sport so if they want to hunt, they need to graduate college. Great motivation, if they love to hunt that much, they will excel in school or they won’t hunt.

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Posted: 25 November 2015 01:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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I think you should look into some hunts on public lands in other states that have more public ground like Missouri or Arkansas.  Maybe plan some trips when the kids have a 3 day weekend when not in school.  There is plenty of public ground in the Ozark areas of Missouri and Arkansas.  I know budget is of concern but realize that tent camping is allowed on most Federal grounds and some state grounds.

There are millions of acres of federal ground out west available for hunting as well.  I’d recommend a pronghorn hunt in eastern Wyoming.  You can get 2 doe tags for $100; and hunt public ground.  Thunder basin national grasslands would be a good start.

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Posted: 25 November 2015 01:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Join a rural church with an ulterior motive?  Really?  How evil is that, for a deer?

The landowner probably made some major sacrifices to own property that you want to hunt for free.  Why try and screw the landowner?  Pay market rent (lease) or purchase your own.

What would you do if someone knocked on your door and wanted to borrow your truck?

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Posted: 25 November 2015 07:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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pretend to be religious so your kids can hunt ? talk about greed !

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Posted: 26 November 2015 08:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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I don’t think he meant for it to come out that way.  But it is a good idea if you go for the right reasons.

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Posted: 26 November 2015 09:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Try lake argyle in macomb lots of area not overcrowded u can camp there also

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Posted: 26 November 2015 12:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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I just got done taking 2 kids hunting - don’t have lots of money - have no lease - but spent a considerable amount of time looking for a landowner to allow us to have our kids hunt only.  Found a guy willing to let us take our kids duck hunting today - we only asked for one hunt - Me and my buddy did not bring our guns - we took the kids hunting - I hope we can build a relationship with this farmer - our kids get to watch and learn about respecting peoples property, building relationships, and enjoying the time we did get to hunt. I apply for all the free youth hunts, utilize teal, and other early seasons like squirrel season.  Most public spots are not crowded during these seasons.  Kids have a blast and harvesting is a bonus.  Time and money is a problem for many - but make the best and enjoy all time together.

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Posted: 26 November 2015 02:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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jswamp gettin er done!  Good for you man!

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Posted: 27 November 2015 04:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Great topic, and certainly a problem for many with kids in Illinois due to overall lack of habitat and public hunting grounds.  A post above made a good recommendation to look at other states where public ground is more available, and quality hunting land can be purchased at a price far less than can be found in Illinois.  I own a small piece of land in Wisconsin, and might recommend looking there for a quality experience. A lot of public hunting land, a great hunting culture, plentiful deer if you look in the right areas, and reasonable priced land if you decide to purchase in the future.

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Posted: 13 January 2016 01:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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I am not sure of this but hasn’t DNR set up some kind of program for hunters to hook up with property owners to let them hunt. I thought I read that some where and thought it may have started last year. It wasn’t to hunt for the whole year but like for a couple of weekends. Like I stated I am not sure of this but maybe go to IDNR web site and check it out.

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Posted: 17 February 2016 03:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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Why you hunt deer??

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