Hello. My name is Stephen. I am 1 39 year old hunter from Central New York. I am writing in hopes of getting suggestions, advice, or, even, understanding. Has anyone else seen a trend in the amount of land available to hunting diminish? I unfortunately don't own land. My Father, Brother, and I used to hunt a piece (300 acres) of land all our lives...until it was sold. Which is probably a good thing since the surrounding landowners/hunters disregard each other which such a sense of selfishness and competition! But, that's another story. It seems so hard to find private owners willing to let you access. I usually introduce myself months in advance, offer weekend help, give a business card with my personal information, and stress my unwavering commitment to respect their land and "house" rules. Even if the answer is no, I follow up with a covert 12 pack drop off. You usually are answered with a quick (often terse) no. Either they hunt the land themselves, don't believe in hunting (growing), or don't trust you and hunters in general (my guess). I understand they do not know me, but I really try to emphasize myself as respectful and ethical (Hell, I even offer that I am an ICU nurse...who doesn't trust a nurse?! LOL. On second thought.....). I even try the following year or two, with the same early greeting and offers. No go! I am offered, at times, to hunt on a coworker's or friend's land. But, they too hunt with an inner circle of family and friends and the offer is not open, usually only for specific days. I always express my appreciation, but never push more. If they wanted me to hunt their land, they would say so. So, It's left at that. Public land? I can't begin to list the issues with public land around me! I now hunt a small (10 acre area) surrounded by closed, private land that is hunted very lightly. I have saw 3 does in all of last season (bow and gun). I live in central NY! And, I think I am forced to drive hours away to find land or pay a guide (which I don't have or else in would be offered to "lease" a deal with a farmer)! I am actually losing interest in the upcoming bow season because of the lack of good land. I know that is a terrible attitude to have but, it's honest. I am losing a valuable tradition.