The Hunters’ Guide to a Successful Hunt Lease

Most information concerning hunt leases is directed toward landowners and how they might find the “right” hunting group to earn additional income by leasing the hunting rights on their property. Unfortunately, little information is available to help you (the hunter) find and/or manage a hunt lease. Many hunting clubs have disbanded because of disputes with landowners, each other and/or neighboring clubs or groups. Still more have had high expectations for their club, only to be disappointed when attempts to manage the club and associated lands fail. If you fall into one of these categories, or plan to lease land for hunting in the near future, continue reading!

Hunting Leases

Recent statistics indicate that more than 1.7 million South Carolinians (68% of the population) enjoy some type of wildlife recreation every year. The demand for high quality hunting and outdoor recreational experiences has tripled in the last 30 years. Some landowners have found that by developing lease hunting enterprises, they can not only control access to their land, but they may also gain a financial reward for themselves in the process.

Land Ownership, Liability, and the Law in North Carolina

A change in North Carolina law makes it possible for landowners to open their lands with less concern about liability in case of an accident or mishap. It is now possible for landowners to allow the public on their property for educational and recreational reasons, when no fee is charged. Under these circumstances, a landowner is required to provide the duty of care owed to a trespasser. The following note explains the major laws impacting landowners’ liability in North Carolina and the responsibilities landowners have for invited and uninvited users of their property.

A Landowner’s Guide to Working with Sportsmen in Virginia

Private landowners, including forest industries, control access to 50 percent of the land suitable for outdoor recreation in Virginia. In the Old Dominion there are about 500,000 licensed hunters and over one million anglers. In addition, the numbers of hikers, canoeists, picnickers, campers, berry pickers, and bird watchers are growing each year. Many landowners report undesirable levels of trespass, litter, property damage, and game law violations. Consequently, owners of private lands suitable for public outdoor recreation are increasingly reluctant to permit public access to those lands.

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