I have asked just shy of twenty farmers to goose hunt their fields, and I always get a no. I am young, in college, so I am sure that does not help. Any advice on how to won over the farmers?
Yep. I'm glad I look old for being 24. I try to look as old as possible. Grow out some facial hair (if you can)Don't wear camo up to the house. If you have long hair, GET A HAIR CUT YA HIPPIE! Dress nice and be polite, its like a mini-job interview. Works for me.I found my success rate with getting permission got better with age. I hate to say it and it may not be true at all, but if you look like a young punk college kid i dont think it helps with some farmers.
Even if the farmer says you can drive, just make sure his/her fields are conventional tillage and not no till if he doesn't provide that information and just expects you know...I wouldn't want to be the one driving in a wet no till fieldAlso, don't drive in ANY field or suggest doing so unless HE offers first. Even though that field is going to get plowed, disced, and planted again and your tracks will make no difference at all
So you are saying that you either have to wake them up in the middle of the night or catch them in the bathroom to ask permission?some simple rules that might help your chances-
never pull a farmer off his equipment to do you the favor of listening to your story. THEY'RE WORKING HERE FOR CRIPES SAKES! time is money right now!
Dont drive out into his field to meet him
don't pull them from the dinner table
Don't bother them during milking
and don't bug them when they're repairing equipment. (they'll be sour for sure. idle machinery = no money/lost revenue)