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#5905361 - 08/31/15 09:37 AM Hunting neighbors sunflowers
mr. buck Offline
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Registered: 04/15/10
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The rancher that manages our lease runs a lot of cattle and refuses to plant sunflowers as he says theyre a terrible rotational crop. The neighbor on our NE fence line has a beautiful 15 acre or so sunflower field. I was out this weekend and they'd already mowed lanes and the dove were super thick. My question for the group is what is the acceptable etiquette around hunting that area.

a)as long as your on your own property, hunt as close to their fence line as you want?
b)if you want to hunt the fence line, offer them a couple hundred bucks and if they say no, move away
c)if you want to hunt the fence line, offer them a couple hundred bucks and if they say no, hunt it anyway
d)set up a couple hundred yards off the fence line, out of their view
e)don't hunt anywhere in the general vicinity

We try to be really good neighbors, protein feed like crazy and really manage the wildlife to the best of our capabilities. Its resulted in good relationships with the landowner, rancher and the neighbors and the goal is to keep it that way. Its just that this trip I have my young boys, inlaws and BIL and would really like to get them on birds, but not enough to do long term damage to our situation. Thanks in advance for your responses.

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#5905413 - 08/31/15 10:04 AM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: mr. buck]
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I would set up a couple hundred yards away and pick off stragglers.
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#5905440 - 08/31/15 10:14 AM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: mr. buck]
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Registered: 02/26/10
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Loc: Grayson County
I would figure out where the birds are flying and hunt there. Obviously be courteous if you see the neighbors, but I wouldn't hesitate to hunt the fence line as long as you aren't shooting onto their property.

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#5905517 - 08/31/15 11:01 AM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: mr. buck]
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If you have a good relationship, why not just ask your neighbor if you can hunt his field? I wouldn't be surprised if he said you can hop the fence and come on over. If you don't think he would want you hunting his field, than I would opt for the two hundred yards away option. I could see some guys getting a little peeved if you were hunting right on the fence line. Nothing illegal about it at all, but it isn't necessarily the most considerate thing to do.
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#5905606 - 08/31/15 11:45 AM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: TTUhunter4]
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Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
If you have a good relationship, why not just ask your neighbor if you can hunt his field? I wouldn't be surprised if he said you can hop the fence and come on over. If you don't think he would want you hunting his field, than I would opt for the two hundred yards away option. I could see some guys getting a little peeved if you were hunting right on the fence line. Nothing illegal about it at all, but it isn't necessarily the most considerate thing to do.


This^^^^^ Ask first and go from there.....
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#5905774 - 08/31/15 01:24 PM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: mr. buck]
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Registered: 04/26/07
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I have a big sunflower field and every year there are hunters on the other side of the fence. As long as the shoot toward their land I am fine with it. Their land, their birds. Now if they want to cross the fence that is another thing altogether.

We just make sure that everyone is aware of everyone else.

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#5906906 - 08/31/15 10:42 PM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: mr. buck]
LegendRuns1 Offline
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I'm not 100% sure but I believe legally you cannot hunt within 100 yards of a fence line if you don't have permission to hunt the land that is on the other side of it. I would call him and tell him that you would like to hunt next to his field but that you will only do it on the days that he has hunting on his place. I farm my fields strictly for dove hunting. It's a lot of work and expense. If someone was banging away at the birds next to one of my fields while I was trying to let the field rest I would not be a happy camper. But if you tell the guy you will only hunt when he hunts, he will probably be very accommodating. Heck, he may even invite you to hunt on his place. Just my advice. I have had a few situation with this matter. And take it from me, guys who plant fields for dove hunting take it very seriously. It's a year round job. Good luck.

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#5906921 - 08/31/15 11:02 PM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: mr. buck]
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Registered: 10/29/09
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Nothing wrong as long your shots don't cross the fence. Last lease we had a pond a few hundred yards away on our side which was in fly line. Sunflowers on neighbors. They had a lot more birds but pushed plenty our way. They would even yell out to us that birds were on the way. Seems to me dove hunters are more tolerant and friendly that way.
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#5907026 - 09/01/15 06:21 AM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: LegendRuns1]
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Originally Posted By: LegendRuns1
I'm not 100% sure but I believe legally ...


You should have stopped there
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#5907084 - 09/01/15 07:20 AM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: #Hayraker]
Elpatoloco Offline
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Originally Posted By: #Hayraker
Originally Posted By: LegendRuns1
I'm not 100% sure but I believe legally ...


You should have stopped there


Nah, the advise got better the further you read.

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#5907095 - 09/01/15 07:30 AM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: Elpatoloco]
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Originally Posted By: Elpatoloco
Originally Posted By: #Hayraker
Originally Posted By: LegendRuns1
I'm not 100% sure but I believe legally ...


You should have stopped there


Nah, the advise got better the further you read.

roflmao
If you are not shooting across the fence there is nothing he can do at all. I understand it's better to be nice and neighborly about it and I would be, unless he started having issues with me hunting my property.

Good chance the birds are set up in daily flight paths. Go sit and watch them for a while and you might find a good spot away from the fence.

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#5907121 - 09/01/15 07:49 AM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: LegendRuns1]
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Originally Posted By: LegendRuns1
I'm not 100% sure but I believe legally you cannot hunt within 100 yards of a fence line if you don't have permission to hunt the land that is on the other side of it. I would call him and tell him that you would like to hunt next to his field but that you will only do it on the days that he has hunting on his place. I farm my fields strictly for dove hunting. It's a lot of work and expense. If someone was banging away at the birds next to one of my fields while I was trying to let the field rest I would not be a happy camper. But if you tell the guy you will only hunt when he hunts, he will probably be very accommodating. Heck, he may even invite you to hunt on his place. Just my advice. I have had a few situation with this matter. And take it from me, guys who plant fields for dove hunting take it very seriously. It's a year round job. Good luck.


I read some good and not so good. A man can hunt every sqaure inch of his own property whether you are a happy camper or not. There is no 100 yard rule/law. I do agree the OP should just go talk to the landowner/crop owner. Take him a ham or something as a good faith offering. Be a good neighbor.

It seems to me there is something missed here. If there is the OP and a ranch manager calling the shots I would tend to assume you are leasing from the owner of the place you are on. If this is correct then you can bet your best hound the neighbor and the ranch owner know each other. If that is the case and you tick off the neighbor, there will be a telephone call and you will lose that one. Landowners want your money, not your story, not your battles, not your problems, nothing. Pay me and go is their motto, for the most part.
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#5907144 - 09/01/15 08:05 AM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: mr. buck]
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Registered: 02/27/09
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Last year, I think our neighbor was confused and thought he was in the North zone, or maybe they were just shooting at flies in the sky, or something, but shooting across the property line and peppering me with pellets. Was not a happy camper. Just make sure to use a little common sense.

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#5907162 - 09/01/15 08:24 AM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: mr. buck]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Id put my back to that fence at show them how to shoot
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#5907168 - 09/01/15 08:26 AM Re: Hunting neighbors sunflowers [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Id put my back to that fence at show them how to shoot


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