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HLRBO’s Ultimate Guide to Hunting Leasing

HLRBO’s Ultimate Guide to Hunting Leasing

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By now, we all know and have even come to love short-term, peer-to-peer rentals on things like vacation homes via Airbnb and VRBO and transportation with services like Uber and Lyft. But, did you know it’s also super simple to find and lease hunting land — no matter how long you want it for — with services like HLRBO.com? Keep reading to learn all about hunting leasing and how you can get started today.

What is Hunting Leasing?

A hunting lease is an agreement between the landowner and the hunter or angler allowing them to visit and hunt on the landowner’s land for a specified amount of time. There are other specified terms that we will discuss shortly.

How Does Hunting Leasing Work?

Just like leasing anything, a hunting lease agreement specifies the amount of time and cost of leasing hunting land. Hunters might pay on a per-acre, per-season, or per-hunt basis. Other things that can be negotiated in the contract include:

  • The area that can be hunted.
  • The amount of time the land can be hunted on for.
  • The animals that the hunter can bag.

A hunting lease can be for shared or exclusive rights to property. A lot of landowners choose to give rights to multiple parties to increase their profit. Landowners have to carefully balance their profit margins with ensuring their land does not become over-hunted by allowing too many hunters.

Some landowners choose to give exclusive rights to pieces of the land to an individual hunter. For example, a 100-acre parcel could be divided in half. The landowner could grant exclusive rights to each half to two hunters. This benefits both the hunter and landowner because the landlord gets two sources of income, and each hunter gets access to a private reserve for the season (or another agreed-upon time interval).

Landowners can also choose to limit the amount or type of game that hunters can catch on their land and set limits on how it is hunted. For example, a lot of leases include clauses that prevent the use of ground-based or snare traps. Others specify a maximum bag limit on certain species.

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Types of Hunting Leases

As we mentioned, the great thing about hunting leasing is that there are many different kinds of leases and terms. There’s something for every kind of hunter and landowner. The types of hunting leases are listed below.

Daily Land Leases

Daily hunting leases are considered lower-risk since the hunter will only be on the land for one day at a time. This is why they typically require fewer formalities than other leases. With this lease type, the hunter likely won’t be familiar with the land, so they may need transportation or guidance to navigate the terrain. Landowners can offer these add-ons for an extra fee. If you’re a landowner planning to offer daily options, it’s a good idea to be prepared to offer these additional resources to the hunters.

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Short-Term Hunting Leases (Weekly, Monthly, Seasonal)

Short-term hunting leases are an excellent way for hunters to feel out whether a long-term lease is a good fit for their experience level and needs. These agreements range from one week to an entire season. Similar to daily land leases, these also typically require additional services from the landowner, including food, overnight accommodations, and guides.

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Short-term leases allow landowners to rent to multiple parties throughout the year or season and earn a bigger profit.

Long-Term Hunting Leases (Years-Long)

Long-term land leases are extremely common because of the agreement’s simplicity and low maintenance. These agreements often last between one to three years and are very beneficial to both the owner and hunter since both sides are invested in bettering the land and its wildlife.

In long-term hunting leases, it’s common for the hunter to add value to the land by building watering holes, food plots, fences, and even shooting houses — with the landowner’s approval, of course! These long-term leases often turn into long-term friendships! 

Benefits of Hunting Leasing

As the supply of public land continues to diminish, hunting leases are skyrocketing in popularity for their many benefits, including:

Flexibility 

Hunting leases empower both the hunter and landowner with flexibility. Hunters have the freedom to find a lease for the exact amount of time they need it, and landowners can choose to lease their land during the time periods that make the most sense for them. 

Leasing land also allows hunters to scout out the exact terrain they are looking to hunt on or find a lot with an abundance of a certain kind of game.

Hunters Get to Explore Different Areas

One of the best parts about hunting is traveling to different areas and discovering new types of hunting and animals to hunt. Before hunting leases, it was pretty hard — and expensive — for hunters to travel to new locales. Hunting leasing allows hunters to choose the specific area they’re interested in exploring and be connected with landowners who meet their needs.

Private Land

When given a choice between hunting private and public land, who wouldn’t choose private? Unfortunately, private land is hard to come by — not to mention the associated costs. Leasing opens up a whole new world to hunters who want refuge from overcrowded public hunting lands. What’s more, hunting leasing often gives the hunter the chance to provide input into how the land is managed for wildlife, there’s less pressure on the parcel, and the opportunity to form a long-lasting relationship with the landowner and hunt their land for several years.

Affordability 

Gone are the days of scouring the newspaper or internet with hopes of finding affordable land for sale so you can get away from the crowded public hunting areas and have your own respite. With hunting leases, you don’t have to worry about finding land in your desired area at your desired price — and then come up with the funds and financing to pay for it. There’s no need to buy land when you choose a hunting lease. Instead, simply book the lease just like you would book a vacation online, and show up and hunt! No trips to the mortgage lender or bank, maintenance, or worrying required!

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Passive Income for Landowners

Leasing provides an opportunity for landowners to earn passive income. In fact, HLRBO says landowners can earn up to $25,000 by simply leasing their land. You can find out how much your land is worth by clicking here.

HLRBO offers landowners the freedom to charge what they want while also offering tools on the website to help match the demand in a specific area. Prices can be adjusted based on size, the number of hunters, and game type, etc. Landowners are also paid quickly via online payments or can choose to accept payment directly from the hunter. 

What to Consider When Drafting a Lease Agreement

Like any legal agreement, drafting a hunting lease can be a bit complicated. It’s important to clearly define the terms regarding expectations and limitations and what would constitute the early termination of a lease. 

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What to Include

  • The full name of each party intended to use the land.
  • Beginning and end dates of the lease agreement.
  • A detailed description of the property’s limits with a map (if possible) to limit confusion.
  • Details on what game may/may not be hunted. 
  • Payment methods/schedule.
  • Grounds for termination for the lessor and lessee.
  • Liability is of utmost importance for landowners, and it’s paramount that all parties have the proper permits and insurance.

Insurance Options

Hunting lease insurance is a smart choice for landowners to insure their property from damage. Landowners can require hunters to purchase insurance or purchase it themselves and include it as part of the lease.

Hunting lease insurance is relatively inexpensive and protects both the landowner and hunter from legal liability should an incident occur. It also provides legal defense in court for both insured parties, and defense expenses are also included. Hunting lease insurance is the best bet to foster a safe hunting experience without the competition that comes with public land.

Whether you’re a hunter or landowner, HLRBO is here to help. Using a website like HLRBO is a terrific resource for both hunters and landowners alike, and can provide:

  • Property reviews — Hunters and landowners can review each other after the lease ends. This helps build trust and reputation on the website. Before a landowner accepts a request, they can check out reviews from other landowners, and the hunter can do the same to ensure the property lives up to its promises. 
  • Lease requirements and expectations — Landowners can set their requirements, such as requiring identification from each hunter, payment, land access, hunting methods permitted, and so forth. If a hunter breaks one of these pre-determined rules, you can easily cancel the lease.
  • Seamless communication — You can ask and answer questions and set expectations before the lease. You can also get to know the hunters in advance with HLRBO’s secure messaging tool.

The hunting lease market is red hot right now. With the wide range of benefits to both the leaser and lessee, it’s easy to see why. Click here to learn more about hunting leases and how you can get started today.

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