As a lifelong hunter, I appreciate the fact that most of my hunting is done on someone else’s property. The days I spend in the field are possible only because a farmer has graciously allowed me to hunt on his or her land. I am there to pursue a hobby, while the farmer is there to grow a profitable crop and support a family.
Hunters and farmers have always shared a common connection with the land. Generally speaking, hunters rely on farmers to develop sustainable wildlife habitat, while farmers look to hunters to help control crop depredation and maintain healthy animal populations.
The best examples of this relationship are on display each fall when pheasant hunters walk through strips of unharvested corn, deer hunters sit silently in tree-stands overlooking shelter belts and waterfowl hunters blend into the cattailed sloughs.
Great hunting spots require purposeful land stewardship.
These days, it is…
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