Landowners benefit the most when they lease hunting rights to hunters.
Being a landowner can be considered a status symbol in its own right. Recently with the land and real estate market hitting extreme highs, owning land may seem like a luxury. However, there may be a gold mine sitting right underneath the land you already own in the form of hunting leases.
Leasing hunting rights to your land can allow a passive method of income, can reduce the incidence of trespassers, and allowing for wildlife population control are just some of the ways landowners benefit from their property. Liability insurance can also add extra peace of mind to this endeavor.
Landowners can be landowners for different reasons. Some owners never hunt, some hunt only specific game, some hunt everything, and some may even be owners to someday develop down the road but aren’t in a financial spot to do that yet. Leasing land to hunters can offer additional conservation outreach and help pay some property taxes, even if you don’t hurt yourself.
Earning Revenue from Otherwise Unused Land
Earning revenue through hunting leases on otherwise unused land could be considered a highly underrated way to earn some income. Depending on the size of your lot, quality of land, amenities, and game population, you could get anywhere from $10-$50 per acre in potential lease earnings.
There are a couple of different leasing periods that can be considered, as the lease itself has to be for a defined period of time. Some landowners choose a per-season agreement, some a per-hunt agreement, and some a per-acre agreement.
Generally, a lease for land will be more than a hunting club lease, yet lower than a land loan payment, and this can be very attractive to hunters. Even though it may be more expensive than a membership with a hunting club, a hunter engaging in a private hunting lease will deal with less pressure on a parcel.
Hunters may also enjoy other perks if the landowner is open to them, like influence over game and land management and long-term generational agreements to keep this tradition accessible for years or decades down the road.