Hunting leases are growing in popularity as it gets harder and harder to gain access to private ground. With only 10 percent of land being available for public use, hunters are having a difficult time finding an adequate hunting area. Identifying an available hunting lease that fits your hunting goals is challenging but can be rewarding if you look at every detail and take a systematic approach.
Determine your primary hunting goals. If you want to hunt waterfowl, search for property specializing in wetlands and waterfowl habitat. If you seek mature whitetails or turkeys, find wooded timber areas. Center your search around this goal.
Consider the location of the property in relationship to your home. A hunting lease is an investment and you want to make the most of it. Be sure the property is within a reasonable driving distance, giving you the ability to scout the area, plant food plots and manage the property.
Locate a real estate agent who specializes in outdoor properties. With the growing popularity of hunting leases, many companies deal specifically with hunting and recreational property. These agents will research the land for you, which can save time while you shop for a lease that fits your needs.
Contact a bank or group of investors to determine your budget. Prices of hunting leases can vary widely based on land size and other features. Finding other hunting partners can also help to finance the lease without going through a bank.
Finalize the land details and review the fine print on the lease. Contact a lawyer to review the lease if you have any questions. Perform a final check of the property by viewing aerial maps on Google Earth or a map from MyTopo. This can help determine pinch points and other wildlife travel routes.
- Beware of the fine print in the lease that may explain land rights and land access issues. It will be difficult to hunt on your lease if you cannot access the land.
- Some hunting leases come ready to hunt and others need work. You will typically pay for land that is ready to hunt. Having the ability to customize the area and attract wildlife to specific areas can be very rewarding.
- Talk to neighbors and surrounding landowners to see how they manage wildlife.