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Relationships Are Vital

Published on Monday, March 10, 2014

Our entire existence is based upon varying levels of relationships. From birth we create, develop, nurture and rely on relationships between family members, friends, teachers, co-workers and hundreds of others. The ability to build mutually beneficial relationships is likely the most important factor in living a satisfying life. When both parties of a relationship depend equally upon one another it is called a symbiotic relationship.

The topic for today is the symbiotic relationship between the landowner and the hunter. It may not be openly obvious to everyone how overwhelmingly important this relationship can be to both people.

In the past, it was relatively easy to spend a summer weekend driving country roads and knocking on doors to find a place to hunt in the fall. Once you locate that landowner, most likely a farmer, nurturing that new friendship can and should be done by providing some venison or a turkey breast from your kill. Better yet, offering to help with a big farm chore could even gain more points. Finding a way to pay-back the landowner above and beyond his expectations is the best way to get invited back.

Respecting the wishes of the landowner is also mandatory. Find out what he expects from you and DO IT! If he needs you to close gates behind you, do it. If he does not want you driving in his fields, do not do it. Take the time to meet his neighbors and let them know where you have permission to hunt. That way if you need to cross a boundary line they will already know who you are, making getting that permission much easier. You MUST respect the owners property and treat it BETTER than if it were your own.

Nowadays it is not quite as easy to get hunting privileges on private land as it once was. That is not to say it’s impossible…it’s just more difficult. The majority of the larger farms in the Midwest are now being leased by individuals, groups of hunters, or outfitters. If done correctly, these too can all be symbiotic relationships. Leasing hunting rights can really supplement farming income. But getting an invitation to hunt as a quest is still being done everyday by those that do not mind working for it.

From the landowner’s standpoint, having the right guy or guys hunting on their property can be very beneficial, as well. There is little doubt that in our area deer populations are pretty dense. Crop damage from a couple dozen deer is very costly each year. And having an extra pair or two of hands for certain annual jobs can be helpful, too.

The edge you can have as an individual, over an outfitter wanting to lease the property you would like to have, is the number of deer you intend to harvest. Outfitters bring hunters, mostly out-of-state guys, who are paying a lot of money to have a chance to kill the buck of a lifetime. That means that even though the outfitter may put several hunters on the property, they are all hunting just one deer. This provides no help to the farmer who needs a ton of deer taken each season.

If you propose to the landowners that you and your hunting party will obtain and fill as many legal doe permits as possible you will definitely get his attention. The outfitter’s check helps a little but ultimately does not solve his problem. Shooting lots of deer is what makes this a symbiotic relationship. But remember this; be sure to do for the farmer whatever it is you promise to do. Liars are not welcome back.

So in my role as a Beck’s seed advisor, I too have to develop mutually beneficial relationships with the farmers that are my customers. If I can help them save some money at planting time and make a little more money at harvest then they will buy Beck’s seeds again. We both win. I also get the chance to create new relationships with these folks as a hunter. So you can easily see why relationships are vital.

                                 Beck’s Hybrids President’s Club member and landowner, Luke Terstriep,
                          has a great working relationship with Beck’s seed advisor and hunter Mike Roux.
                                                                (Photo by Lance Terstriep)

Let us know which end of this relationship you are on and how you make it work. We can all use any good advice when it comes to making others happy with what we love to do.

There is no way I could write a piece on relationships without mentioning the most important relationship you can have. That is the relationship you have with your Creator. If you have the faith to develop a symbiotic relationship with the Lord all of the other relationships in your life will fall into place.

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