For Immediate Release
Oct. 27, 2017

The Ties Between Preserving The
Environment And Leasing Private Land

River Otters Making A Come Back In Indiana

FISHERS, Ind. – Landowners have recently found out that leasing the hunting rights for their land is a great way to earn some extra cash. But there are also other benefits of leasing the hunting rights, including stewardship.

You always see on the news of a big corporate company cutting down trees, polluting the water or any other way of destroying the environment so they can make an extra buck. So why be a part of that? Don’t sell or lease your land to the guys in a suit who only see your land as a trash dump. Lease it to hard working hunters who would rather take care of your piece of land the right way and allow the habitats to grow for not just their selves, but also for the environment.

Stewardship can allow increased benefits for the landowner, hunter, and the environment. The landowner will benefit because when the land is properly managed, there is a higher quality of game, therefore a higher price for the lease. And with a higher quality of game, the hunter will benefit from a better experience hunting. But one of the most important benefits is the preservation of the environment.

One species’ habitat that has been affected by improper land management is the river otter. Otter population dramatically decreased starting in the year of 1942. Indiana is one state that has been affected by this. According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Fish and Wildlife Service, otters were placed on the endangered species list in 1994 due to habitat loss, water pollution, and unregulated trapping. The DNR implemented a program that relocated 300 otters from Louisiana and introduced them to various rivers in northern and southern counties of Indiana.

Five years later the otter population started to expand on their own through the process of natural reproduction. Finally, in 2005 river otters were removed from the endangered species list. However, even though they have been removed from this list and it is legal to trap them in Indiana, they are still being watched closely so the dramatic decrease of this species does not happen again.

The preservation of land is one reason why Steve Meng, President, started Base Camp Leasing. “Knowing that the additional licenses that were purchased because of the hunting opportunities we open up helped fund this re-introduction is quite satisfying,” said Meng. “To see the effects first hand is just icing on the cake.”

Base Camp Leasing has been dedicated to helping landowners lease their hunting rights since 1999. They are proud to promote and be a part of the stewardship process that is implemented by their hunters and landowners. They currently operate in 22 states east of the Rocky Mountains. Go to for more information or call toll free at (866) 309-1507.


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Connor Hermesch
Base Camp Leasing Marketing Associate
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