Whether you\u2019re looking for a new place to shed hunt or another place to hunt this fall, your search for new hunting properties should never end.\u00a0 I\u2019ll bet you have a property you drive by every day to work that instantly triggers dreams about hunting whitetails there.\u00a0 It may be one property in specific or the whole darn county.\u00a0 You dream, but yet you never act.\u00a0 Well, it is time for you to get access to that piece of dream land.Here\u2019s a few tips on how to find and gain access to great hunting properties:1- Find a property you want to huntThere\u2019s two great ways to find deer hunting properties that are sure to excite you: the drive-by method, or the online-mapper method.\u00a0 Personally, the first is my favorite way to find a new hunting property because something is physically telling you that you should be hunting there.\u00a0 Whether it\u2019s seeing a buck, a herd of deer, or great habitat\u2026something about it just sticks out to you.Online maps are another great option for seeing the big picture and can give you great leads from your computer chair.\u00a0 Once you find a property of interest, you need to find out who owns it.2- Finding out who owns that propertySadly, many searches never make it this far.\u00a0 Why?\u00a0 Probably because there is a little bit of work that is often times involved.\u00a0 However, with the help of interactive county GIS maps, finding property ownership information is easier than ever before.\u00a0 Not only will the maps supply\u00a0the property owner\u2019s name, but it will also give their address, and identify their acreage and property boundaries.Here\u2019s a great article explaining this process in detail: The Hidden Secrets of County Maps for Hunters3- Contact the ownerOnce you identify the property owner you need to get them to say \u201cyes\u201d.\u00a0 I find that knocking on their door is best because they aren\u2019t left wondering who you are. \u00a0A phone call or letter may be okay if they are an absentee landowner.\u00a0 Just remember first impression is everything!\u00a0 Dress nice . . . this here is my lucky \u201cproperty permission\u201d polo after gaining access to 3 out of 6 properties last year.Here are some great door knocking tips to follow during your search.4- Ask for other leadsNot everybody is going to say \u201cyes\u201d, in fact most will say \u201cno\u201d.\u00a0 You may get declined for a variety of reasons, but don\u2019t let that deter you.\u00a0 Since you\u2019re already talking to them, ask them for any leads. \u00a0Most big landowners know other big landowners.\u00a0 A lot of times they are more than happy to help or suggest another place to hunt, especially if you make a good first impression and are persistent.5- Build trust and hunt ethicallyOnce you get permission, keeping it is up to you.\u00a0 Check in with the landowner frequently and give them updates throughout the season.\u00a0 Respect their rules, guidelines, and boundaries.\u00a0 Far too often other hunters ruin it for the rest of us.\u00a0 One inconsiderate hunter will often lead to a landowner never again allowing someone permission to hunt.\u00a0\u00a0 My advice, go above and beyond and leave the property better than you found it.Finding hunting land is getting tougher and tougher with every passing season. \u00a0In order to always have a place to hunt, you’ve always got to be on the search.