5 Considerations When Leasing Hunting Land

Posted by Jeff Bewsher on Feb 13, 2019 8:53:07 AM
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There is a strong demand for good property with a hunting lease. Landowners across the southeast, in states like Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana, have been leasing hunting land for decades. Hunting land that offers deer hunting, turkey hunting or hog hunting is suitable for leasing and highly desired. Here are five things to consider.

1. Understand Hunting Seasons and Laws

2. Learn Available Game on Your Property

3. Perform a Land Evaluation

4. Develop Contract Terms

5. Have Liability Insurance

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For those who own land that can be used for hunting activities, this means they can use this as an opportunity to lease their property and generate cash flow. If you are a land owner that is contemplating leasing your land for hunting, here are a few things that should be taken into consideration.


1. Understand Hunting Seasons and Laws

Each state has their own set of laws that address rules and regulations pertaining to hunting activities that occur within the state. Florida, in particular, has many laws and regulations that address hunting activities including hunting license and permit requirements, fees, season dates, age restrictions, and safety provisions and game regulations. As a landowner, it is wise to be familiar with hunting laws prior to providing any hunting leases, and to make sure that all hunters that participate in hunting activities on your property are aware of these laws as well.


2. Learn Available Game on Your Property

Prior to leasing out hunting rights to your property, it is recommended to establish the type of game species that are naturally occurring on the property, their population size, and quality of the game. Desired game species on hunting leases include small game to big game including white-tail deer, wild boar, alligator, turkey, duck, and quail. It is also very important to ensure that your property provides a sustainable environment for the game including a reliable food sources, access to water, and cover.


3. Perform a Land Evaluation

In order to understand your property’s true potential, it is highly recommended to have the property evaluated. To start, determine the amount of acreage that is suitable for hunting. This information will help determine the capacity limit for the total number of hunters that the property will support. An evaluation of the property will also help determine the type of game that is available to hunters on the property.


4. Develop Contract Terms

Written agreements (hunting leases), are commonly used between landowners and hunters. These contracts grant the hunter the right to use the property for hunting activities for a specified amount of time. The contract should specify in detail the purpose of the agreement, amount due to the property owner, transferability, as well as terms and conditions. To ensure that you are properly protected, it is very important for the document to clearly state the terms of the agreement.


5. Have Liability Insurance

It is the responsibility of the land owner to provide hunting liability protection. If an incident were to occur on the property, the land owner could be legally liable for any claims. For this reason, it is important for land owners who are considering using the property for hunting leases to have adequate hunting lease liability insurance coverage.

For more information on how to lease your property for hunting, please call us at 877-5-TO-HUNT, or submit our contact request form.

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