Fee-Fishing Considerations

Fee fishing, paying for the right to fish and/or paying for any fish that are caught, is rapidly becoming popular among anglers. As fishing pressure on our public waters is increasing at a rapid rate, many anglers are looking for alternative places to fish. Fishing in private ponds could help fill a portion of this need and could provide a source of income to landowners. There are approximately 100 fee-fishing operations in South Carolina today.Considerations in Developing a Fee-Fishing Operation Successful fee-fishing operators market more than just fish. The value of the recreational experience received by the angler far outweighs the value of the fish. Fee-fishing experiences, as with other types of

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.

Landowner Alternatives & Considerations for Developing Fee-Access Recreation

A variety of traditional and non-traditional income opportunities exist for rural landowners, many of which directly or indirectly involve wildlife. These include charging for access, developing unique services or products, altering marketing strategies for existing products or services, and harvesting and marketing natural landscape materials. Most of these income alternatives can be integrated into current farm, forest, or other existing land management operations. Alternative sources of income seem to be limited only by an individual’s imagination and creativity. However, the market potential and resource requirements vary considerably among enterprises, so having a “good idea” is no assurance of being able to develop it into a successful enterprise. This is why each available income option must be carefully evaluated prior to making a decision on their implementation.

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.

Managing Farm Ponds for Fishing

South Carolina has numerous farm ponds that are used for irrigation, watering livestock, and recreation. Even though most of these ponds are not used for recreational activities, they could provide excellent fishing opportunities if they were properly managed. Plankton, the microscopic and near-microscopic organisms that are suspended in the water of a pond, are important because they are essential to the creation of oxygen in a pond.

Recreational Access and Liability: What Landowners Should Know

Increased demands for recreation by the public have prompted many landowners to develop recreational access programs, such as fee hunting operations, which provide limited access to the public and help supplement landowner income. One of the primary concerns of landowners who are interested in establishing a recreational operation like fee hunting is liability.

Recreational Forest Trails: Plan for Success

Trails offer relatively low-cost access to natural surroundings and require only minor maintenance when properly constructed. This note explores proven ways to plan, construct, and interpret various types of recreational forest trails.

Unmanaged Motorized Recreation

… Increased pressure from growing populations, coupled with advances in recreation technology, will continue to challenge public land management agencies, state and local governments, and private landowners. While the focus of this threat is on national forests and grasslands, management decisions must take into account the impacts of unmanaged recreation on adjacent private and public lands. Unmanaged off-highway vehicle (OHV) use is a spotlight issue representing this threat because of the unauthorized creation of roads and trails and the associated erosion, water-quality degradation, and habitat destruction.

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