You are part of a large group of hunters that has long depended on public lands to provide your annual hunting grounds. But now, some of those public lands are no longer available. What do you do? If you are like a growing number of hunters across America, you start thinking about purchasing a hunting lease contract. A hunting lease would give you access to private lands at a price that is reasonable enough to be affordable when spread across every member of your group.
The first thing to understand about hunting leases is that they are not all created equally. Leases on hunting lands are a lot like leases on residential homes and apartments. Landowners have great latitude as to how they will structure a lease. It is up to hunters to make sure they are getting a good hunting lease beneficial to both sides.
The American Hunting Lease Association explains that there are four basic types of hunting lease contracts. These are detailed below. If you are in the market for a hunting lease contract, make sure you know these four basic kinds of leases before you buy anything.
A daily lease is essentially a one-off solution for hunters looking for a place to hunt on a single day. Let's say your group only gets together to hunt on Black Friday. Though daily leases can be expensive the day after Thanksgiving, it might be worth your while if that is the only day you plan to hunt as a group.
The downside of the daily lease is that you do not have a lot of time to make the most of the money you are spending. There are property owners offering daily leases that attempt to sweeten the pot by acting as hunting guides. They may or may not limit the number of hunters they allow on their property on a daily basis.
The typical seasonal lease is centered around a particular type of game. For example, a landowner might offer a lease exclusively for deer season. Another may offer a separate lease for turkey season, and so on. These are typically short-term leases and can last from a few weeks to a couple of months. It is common for landowners to not want to go beyond a particular season unless they have known a group of hunters for a while.
The annual lease is pretty self-explanatory. Hunters purchase a hunting lease contract for 12 months, thereby giving them exclusive use of the land for hunting purposes. These kinds of leases tend to be terribly complex due to the length of time they cover. On the other hand, they also tend to be the most cost-effective. An annual lease allows groups of hunters to get the most possible use of the land even while staying within the limits inherent to annual leases.
Last is the hunting club lease. This lease contract is intended for established hunting clubs who will have exclusive access to the leased land. It is generally up to the club to organize group hunts and to make sure all the rules outlined in the lease are followed to the letter. Hunting club leases are typically the most complex and expensive.
The American Hunting Lease Association reminds hunters and hunting clubs to make hunting lease insurance a standard part of all lease contracts. Insurance protects both landowners and hunters against liability issues. Entering into a lease agreement without insurance in place is a recipe for disaster.