Land Leasing / Rental Basic Advice

Written Agreements

It is highly recommended that any lease or agreement no matter how short the duration or how trustworthy the individual you are dealing with be finalized with a written agreement. HLRBO has documents that can be downloaded and modified to suit your needs. These are only template documents that for your reference. It is recommended that you have your attorney review any lease or agreement before you put it into use.

Finding Responsible Hunters

HLRBO cannot and will not be liable for any damage to your property caused by irresponsible hunters. However, there are several ways in which you can limit your risk. First, a written agreement that puts the legal responsibility on the hunters for any damages or repairs is a must. Second, you are not under any obligation to rent or lease your property’s hunting rights to anyone that contacts you through HLRBO. You should at the very least ask them for references or even do a background check. Finally, set clear expectations of how you expect hunters to act while hunting on your property and put them in the written agreement. Also in conjunction with the written agreement have a meeting with the hunter(s) and show them around your property. This is a good time to show them any off limits areas or to tell them where they can or cannot drive vehicles, etc.

What Do You Charge?

There is no strict guideline to what you can charge for your hunting land. This is completely up to the landowner. Traditionally hunting leases are negotiated on a dollar per acre basis and are for all hunting types for the year. HLRBO would like to break that tradition with the way our site works. Landowners should be able to rent their land for the day, week, weekend or most importantly by hunting type. For example lets say that a landowner loves to deer hunt but does not hunt waterfowl on their property. Through HLRBO you can rent your property out for only waterfowl hunting and have your schedule blocked during deer season.

So what do you charge? The answer to that varies based on location, hunting type, and duration. Review the other listings in your area. If there are no other listings widen the search, but consider that other listings may be in hunting “hotspots” well know for their hunting type. Most importantly charge what you are worth. You will have to put in some time with the hunters showing them around, negotiating the lease or agreement, and handling your new source of income. Make sure that this is worth it for you.

Hunter Safety

A good written agreement will be able to eliminate almost all liability for the landowner, but keep in mind that there are some simple things you can do to make sure that hunters are not injured while on your property. First, if hunters use ATV’s or motorized equipment require them to have additional rider insurance. Second, tree stands and in particular portable tree stands are the cause of several injuries every year, ask what the hunters intend to use on your property. Third eliminate any cable fences or gates or at the very least make the hunters aware of where they are located. Last, you can require the hunters to have passed a certified hunter safety course and show proof of completion.

Getting Ready to Rent Your Hunting Land

When you are ready to start advertising your hunting land make sure you have considered the following:

  1. How will you prefer to respond to listings? You may display your phone number in the ad so that hunters may contact you directly. The recommended way is to require hunters to be logged in to HLRBO to contact you through the sites messaging service. Their contact information is sent to you and you can choose whether to follow up or not.
  2. Which hunting types and durations will you allow? The good thing is that HLRBO maintains a database with all of the hunting types and seasons available in your County. (Some Counties may contain multiple hunting zones that you will have to select.) All you have to do is select your County then the hunting types will automatically populate, choose from the menu which types you will allow and the seasons automatically populate on your calendar. You can modify your calendar any time by logging in to your account. It is recommended that your update your calendar when you book a hunting rental so that you do not have to keep receiving calls about the same duration or type.
  3. Make sure that you have pictures to post on your listing. Everyone loves to browse the pictures.
  4. The last and most important item, how do you get paid? HLRBO currently does not have a system for collecting and holding money paid for using your land. This may be an option in the future. The best way to be paid is for the money to change hands when the contract has been signed in a face to face meeting. This is just one suggestion and it is completely up to you and the hunters. HLRBO does not make any guarantees of availablity or payment.

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