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Opinion: Hunter access program could help farmers
Buckeye Farm News
I read the March/April 2009 edition of Our Ohio magazine and had some comments on the article; The Bucks and Does Stop Here.
First, I am not a farmer, although I am a Farm Bureau member and personally acknowledge the importance of farming. I grew up in rural Pennsylvania and understand what farming is about.
Second, I am an avid hunter. My favorite method of hunting is archery. I enjoy the challenge of getting close to the animals and the preparation it requires in order to be successful. My wife and I moved to Ohio 19 years ago because of my job. For about 14 years, I still traveled back to Pennsylvania to hunt with families and friends. As my three sons became old enough to hunt, I started to search for places to hunt in Ohio. That has been one of the hardest endeavors I have come across. I have been fortunate enough to have parents of friends of ours allow us to hunt on their small 50 acre farm. Otherwise we hunt on public property or on private property when invited by friends.
I would like to see a system that would link responsible hunters to landowners who desire hunters to harvest game in order to reduce the population. I’m tired of being told no when I ask permission and have basically given up. Pennsylvania has a program that links landowners and hunters. Landowners list their property with the game commission and it is posted anonymously by county. Hunters can submit a form that the landowner examines. If the landowner feels comfortable with the hunter’s credentials, they call the hunter for a person to person discussion and then can grant permission. The landowners only speak to who they feel will be a good fit for their property.
I think something like this could be a great asset to Farm Bureau farming members.
Thanks for the magazine. I enjoy reading it.
~ Eric Kwasnicka, Stark County