How can I tell if the land I’m hunting on is private land or not?
Hunting in the wilderness may bring you across property lines that you are unaware of. Land owners are not required to mark the properties of their land with barriers that command your attention. You could stray onto private land without knowing where you have gone, but there are steps you can take to avoid and uncomfortable situation.
#1: Check A Map
You must read a map of the area you are planning to hunt before you make your trip. Get a general idea of how the land is laid out, and have a look at all the properties that abut the place where you plan to hunt. Private land may surround a fertile hunting ground, and you may use your map to draw in boundaries for yourself.
#2: Use GPS
The world of digital technology has advanced so quickly that you may now use an app on your phone to track your exact GPS position. You may set up boundaries for yourself with a map, and your GPS app will tell you if you are within those boundaries. A particularly good GPS app can alert you when you pass a boundary that you have programmed in the app.
#3: Consult With Private Land Owners
There are many land owners out there who do not mind hunters on their property. You should not avoid private land owners for the sake of avoiding trouble. You will get into more trouble if the land owners do not know you are there. You can eliminate the problem altogether by consulting with property owners who surround your hunting ground.
#4: Contact The Fish And Game Warden
Every area that is filled with hunting grounds has a fish and game warden. The warden is responsible for hunting permits, controlling hunters during each season and issuing citations for hunting out of season. The warden can tell you the boundaries for every piece of private land in the area, and the warden may put you in touch with land owners who allow hunters on their property.
The four steps above explain how you can avoid hunting on private land. You may find places where hunting on private land is allowed, but you must work with land owners first. You are responsible for the terrain you cover, and you must do your due diligence to ensure you are hunting in the right places.