3. Knocking On Doors
I had my final list, with address and owner information, ready just in time for the drive out to Iowa, and on a Tuesday afternoon I headed out to start canvassing the territory. It took most of the day, but I visited each property, knocked on the door and gave a brief introduction – which consisted of my name, what I was doing in the area, and what I was hoping to chat with them about. Usually these lines would lead to a longer conversation about where I was from, why I was interested in their property and whether or not someone was already hunting the farm. In all of the cases the landowners were gracious, friendly and understanding. And in two situations, they actually offered me hunting permission at a very reasonable cost: free.