First and foremost, leasing hunting rights to your land opens a world of income. Factors such as the location of your property, the amount and kind of game present, and the size of game decides what price you can charge.
Certain states and counties that are well-known for trophy animals will fetch a premium, potentially earning you thousands of dollars per year. Hunters who lease land are used to paying an upfront lump sum for hunting rights. This is a great way to have some extra cash in your pocket at a predetermined date.
Again, lease hunters are very serious about their hobby. They are not likely to be delinquent with payment; they know other hunters are waiting for their shot at the property they’re leasing.
No one is more concerned about the amount and quality of game on your property than the guys paying you to hunt it. They want the most for their dollar. That generally means a few deer for meat and a trophy every so often.
Not every state produces an abundance of Boone & Crockett-class bucks, so the standard for “trophy” is subjective. Those paying to hunt will be more interested in helping manage the property and game for success. They become advocates for what’s best for the herd and the land on a holistic level.
One of the things you might want to include in your lease agreement—especially if your land is in an area known for giant bucks—is the management plan. Agreements on antler restrictions and harvest numbers should be clearly spelled out so there are no surprises for either party.
Managing your land for a healthy, quality deer herd also contributes directly to your bottom line. If your place is yielding great deer every year, you can charge more per acre than your neighbors, and you’ll have no shortage of paying customers. Don’t expect your hunters to be wildlife biologists, but a basic management plan is a good thing.