After 18 years of bow hunting and over 40 big game animals taken there is still nothing that I love to do more or anything that gives me the thrill of heading to the woods to chase whitetails. Fall is the time of year that I come alive and I spend most of the rest of the year thinking about and getting ready for the fall hunt. Then why would I give it all up, you ask? Simple, NO PLACE TO HUNT! But there are deer everywhere you say, that is what I hear all the time. There are too many deer according to almost anyone you ask. Then why is it that I can respectfully approach 16 landowners in one year, well before season with hat in hand and be turned down every single time? The old standards, Someone shot one of my cows once (with a bow? Come on), my nephew might want to hunt, out of state hunters will pay me thousands of dollars. Had one guy tell me he did not think he wanted to let anyone on his land to slaughter all his wildlife hum and here I thought I was asking to selectively harvest a renewable resource. I had a friend that I met online give me permission to hunt last year (thank you very much once again Casey) but his place is a long drive and his brother was going to hunt the only place that was really decent to bow hunt this year. So I decided to hunt public hunting ground this year. I figured that if I spent the time and took the effort to get way back in and off the beaten path that I could find some decent hunting. So far I have been out 5 times and have not seen one single deer. I have gone as far as to kayak into a spot that is land locked and can only be accessed by water and still have pulled a big fat zero. The first year I was serious about bow hunting I had permission from 3 land owners and free run of almost 8,000 acres with only a couple of other guys on the same property. Today unless someone in your family owns a big track of land or you have thousands of dollars to spend you are pretty much out of luck. I have offered to help with chores, build fence, work cows or even handy man around the house and still no luck. I have done my home work and hunted up landowners addresses and sent letters of introduction then followed up with in person visits .sorry no luck. The thing that makes me really sad is that this is my daughters first year to hunt and my son is going to be ready in a year or two and we have no place to go. Money is very tight right now and after buying tags I hardly have the money for gas much less lease a place or pay to hunt on some club. I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that this year is going to be a complete loss and the money spent on tags should have gone to buy groceries. Bottom line is that unless I can find some private ground for next season, this will be my last year. When deer hunting became big business the small guy got screwed!