Best Hunting Lease Layout and Hunter Density
Speaking of the hunters, you should have some idea of how many people your property can support. This is largely influenced by the layout of the land. For example, wide-open and flat properties may only support a few hunters since they could see each other clear across an 80 acre hunting lease. On the other hand, densely vegetated properties with rolling hills could allow many people to hunt it without running into each other, and it would also likely support a higher deer population. If you are advertising your property for a deer hunting lease, there should be a good mix of cropland, open fields, timber, etc. – the ideal goal is a patchwork of different habitats with lots of edge between them. This allows for more hunting opportunities, more deer, more hunters, and likely more income.
Hunting Lease Access
This can be a hot-button issue for many people, and it is one that isn’t often brought up. Put very simply, would a potential lessee have good access to the property without interfering with your life? From your perspective, do you really want a lessee driving down your personal driveway every time they visit? If you have enthusiastic and loud dogs, that could turn into a nightmare quickly.
From the hunter’s viewpoint, they would probably also prefer a little more privacy. While lessees have to work within your property’s rules and goals, feeling like they are always being watched or having a nagging landowner could lead to unhappy hunters and a hunting lease termination. Unfortunately, property access and vehicle usage are often what cause many of the frustrations with a hunting lease.
Overall Hunting Pressure
Is your property vacant and quiet most of the year or do you actually stay pretty busy on it? When most hunters are looking for private hunting land for lease, they want one that is quiet and free from pressure on the deer herd. While deer will usually tolerate normal farm activities, they usually won’t put up with people randomly walking through or dogs running wild and barking. The same goes for hunters, especially during the hunting season.
Similarly, do you know if your neighbors hunt and if so, what kind of hunters they are? You might have a great property, but if all the surrounding properties kill many deer and young deer, it really limits what your property can accomplish. You might be able to get someone to lease your land, but you will have a hard time keeping people leasing it for multiple years.
Do you know much about the existing animals on your land? If you routinely see plentiful game animals such as turkey, waterfowl and mature bucks, it’s likely that your property has the right combination of habitat, food, and security to entice hunters to lease it.