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Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by notdku, Dec 26, 2013.
How do you tend to find your hunting leases?
Craigslist? Other website?
i have seen where some will advertise they are looking for leases in Craigslist. i have seen where people will put up posts on bulletin boards for leases to rent or those looking for leases to rent.
I don't have any land leased. If I agreed to perform certain tasks as part of the lease I would find someone close.
Word of mouth, ask acquaintances to keep me in mind if their lease has an opening. Prior to internet found a lease in the want ads of a local paper.
I would try to join a group rather than lease land on your own. In this area hunting leases run $7 (minimum price) an acre plus you are expected to maintain the gates and any damage you do to the paths on the land. You can only afford to manage so much land on your own. If you join a group you will have access to more land and more places to hunt. Plus you have a lot of help from all the club members.
Jeez hunting leases ehh? Here in Australia the majority of we hunters just go door knocking or know somebody who knows somebody to get permission to hunt. Get a lot of knockbacks but you never know till you try.
Word of mouth works well too. I scored another place to hunt on at the local RSL(Returned Services League club) 2 days ago just talking to a bloke who has fox, rabbit and Kangaroo problems plus he's seen a few goats and pigs getting around.
I have gotten access to hunt wild turkey by knocking on doors, a homemade pie or something gets me invited next year.
Deer hunting, pheasant, quail, nearly impossible to find access, too much money involved these days. The farmers in Wisconsin consider turkeys a major PITA. But save the deer for their friends, family or lease the hunting rights.
Most of the land in the inter mountain West is Public lands. Hunting leases are some what rare.
Here in Alabama, there are large tracts of timber company land that local people lease in the form of hunting clubs. If you are an avid hunter, it is really a neat deal. The only way I know to get in a club is word of mouth...sometimes there are ads but mostly friend of a friend.
It is good to know some of the people in the club too so you can understand the "rules" that most clubs impose on their members...might be rack size or in the case of Alabama, dog hunting used to be a big deal so understanding rules and limitations is important.
I oversee a 2,400 acre tract of land that used to be leased by a hunting club. They made a mess of the place. The landowners would schedule controlled burns to control brush. The hunting club would lock the forestry service out. Finally I got control of the land because I obey their wishes. I also have the equipment to improve the paths. Since I am getting use of the land for free I don't mind dumping $2,500 worth of gravel every few years to keep the paths in good enough shape to drive a car down the paths. When it was leased to the hunting club they let the paths get in such bad shape you needed a 4 wheel drive to drive down the paths. They did a lot of other stupid stuff. Where people drove around the gates, instead of putting up a cable they threw out nails. I ended up buying a roller magnet like roofers use to get up the nails.
Received this in an email recently and may be of interest .....
Land Being Offered For Hunting Leases In Bradford County Pa
Highland Hill Farm
Highland Hill Farm
We are offering for lease up to 1200 acres in rural Bradford County for hunting.
We have 4 plus parcels that we are going to lease for 2014 near Milan Pa. rent one parcel or all. Call us for details at 215 651 8329 or see this Youtube Video on our Bradford Pa hunting areas. [ame]http://youtu.be/Kakrwys7uqs[/ame]
Hunting Leases In Milan Pa
Help Save Trees By Hunting ... Hunters save trees by Killing Deer
i think the OP is more interested in staying a bit closer to home in Texas for a lease to hunt on.
I think timing is everything on hunting leases as well. Start now, don't wait until mid to late summer as everyone else is doing the same thing. Also, as was mentioned, if you can get a group together that might be the best way. Around here in Minnesota, there is the option to lease from mining companies, and there are a lot of Craigslist opportunities.
We hunt on private land in Montana that my father in law found by door knocking over 40 years ago. 25 square miles of private land and every year, everyone gets a deer without fail.
In Texas,since about 90% of the land in the state is privately owned,unless you own land or know someone that does,you will need to either lease land for hunting or try the Tx. Parks and Wildlife's lottery to hunt different state owned lands.
Since deer hunting is a big cash cow in this state,you need to find a lease you can afford. You also need to find out if it's a year long lease,or just a season lease. A lot of hunters find out the hard way after paying big bucks for a lease,and it's only for deer season.
I would only lease a year long lease,that way you can hunt/fish/use the property all year long. I pay $2k for a year long lease,and it's split between myself and my cousin.
Check bulletin boards at local feed stores,local papers,small town cafe's for some great hunting leases. If you find a farmer/rancher that has land to lease,offer to help them out doing chores,and it will help you get your foot in the door with them if you are a total stranger.
Most outsiders aren't trusted hunters to these folk's,and if you gain their trust,you can find some great hunting spots.
Is Texas pretty unique.
Leases appear to not be a thing West of the Rockies with all the public land.
What about the rest of the Midwest and East Coast States? Lots of public land?
Leasing has been very common in the southeastern states for the past 30 years or so, especially timberlands owned by large corporations. Prior to the 1980's much timberland owned by companies like Weyerhaeuser, Ranier, Georgia-Pacific, etc. could be hunted as if it was public. Buckeye Cellulose (aka Proctor & Gamble Cellulose) charged like $10 for an annual permit. Most of this land is now either privately leased or leased by states for public access.
Leasing has been gaining momentum in the Midwest for the past 20 years or so. I don't know much about the northeast.