Do you pay them more than outfitters???? Stupid question! It is illegal in Canada for farmers/landowners to accept money or monetary type gifts for the purpose of letting someone hunt their property. A few yrs back I was approached by a U.S. federal warden and AB provincial warden to help provide info on a large landowner who was believed to be accepting from a licensed outfitter new farm implements plus a free trip to Hawaii for the owner and his wife in return for exclusive rights to hunt his property. I declined as I did not want to get into something that I thought could backlash on my freelance hunting. But I did let the wardens know that the landowner had repeatedly refused me access over his property to a DU marsh project that was always teeming w/ thousands of birds but he let the suspect outfitter have exclusive access to get to the project. Really p***** me off that as a longtime DU supporter I could not get to hunt this project because it was landlocked within the owners property. A lot of prairie farmers/landowners do not like outfitters as they believe the wildlife should not be exploited for monetary gain and there are a fair # of outfitters that get real testy w/ the farmers when they are denied access so that further alienates them. What I found to be real handy/priceless when freelancing is to make good-good friends w/ a few farmers who know everyone and are liked by pretty much all the other farmers or a person who is engaged w/ the farmers in some type of business. Example: yrs ago I met a guy who ran a big oil well repair/renovation business plus his parents and uncles/cousins owned thousands of acres of farmland. My freelance group became good buddies w/ the oil guy and subsequently w/ his extended family and guess what? Yep.....we had 1st priority to hunt on so many farms we lost count of all the places we had hunted and could have hunted. But....we had a deal w/ ourselves.....if we wanted to hunt a property a certain day but the outfitter beat us to it and the farmer was prepared to call the outfitter and let him know he changed his mind in our favor, we told the farmer(s) to let it ride, let the outfitter have the field/marsh for that day, we had so many other places to hunt. That my friend builds a whole lot of respect from the farmer and occasionally a thank you from the outfitter.