Owning your own piece of property for many of us is one of the goals of living the American dream. If the reason you have this dream is with a focus or even an underlying hope for hunting your own place. This may involve hours clearing lumber, planting food plots, culling management deer and many other tasks building your dream property. It may involve a property out west that has less of the normal whitetail property management tasks and may be more of a turnkey experience that involves landowner permits or special opportunities that the state sets aside for property owners.
Unfortunately for many who start down this path there is a misunderstanding on when and where you can hunt on your own property once you have finalized the purchase. The truth is that
So, can you hunt on your own land out of season?
Here is the short answer:
Hunting on your land out of season is not an option in normal circumstances. Although you may own the dirt, the state still owns the animals that reside on your property which means you are still going to be subject to all of the regulations that any other hunter is subjected to during the year.
Having your own property will often increase the opportunities you will have to hunt during the course of the year.
This being said, there are many benefits to owning your own property and depending on the state you may have some really incredible options regarding hunting each year. For example, in New Mexico deer, antelope, Barbary sheep, and Oryx are over-the-counter on private property as long as you are hunting within the state designated season dates. When it comes to elk, the state will do a survey on your property and based on their counts and other factors they may issue you elk permits. Depending on the size of your property you may get multiple permits including cow and bull permits. Other states like Wyoming and Montana offer landowners draw permits that are set aside for only landowners, this can increase your odds of drawing dramatically and more or less can often create an opportunity for one species or more, each year.
Some states have what is called depredation hunts where if the animals are causing damage on your property they may issue you a tag that is outside normal seasons. This is not the normal kind of thing and we would even go so far as to call it rare.
There are states that will give you permits to hunt in season if you give the public access to your land. Again though this is in certain states only and the key to this is exactly which state you live in and what kind of land you have.
We have mentioned a few examples of states that have benefits for landowners but the truth is most all states have some sort of benefit when it comes to hunting on your own property. Be sure to check your state regulations when it comes to hunting opportunities set aside for landowners for both in and out of season.
At the end, when it comes to hunting and owning a place to hunt, many of the landowners are ignoring the laws with hope that in the future they will have more freedom to do what they want on their land.