What type of property is best?
To determine the type of property you are looking for ask yourself this question. “How hard do I want to work on this lease to make it enjoyable and successful?”
Your answer to that question should shed some light on the size, terrain and overall huntability of the lease you need. As a rule, the larger the tract of land you lease, the more work it will take to hunt. This is true from the time you park the truck and walk in, to the time you start dragging a deer out. I mention it because many of you aren’t looking for a nature hike on your way to your stand. Furthermore, hilly or steep ravines can make even a short walk seem like an endurance event. Will you be hunting with a small child or an older “seasoned” hunter that may not be able to get up and down hills? These are all questions that must be asked and answered prior to settling on a lease.
On the other hand, those of you that enjoy spending days preparing for hunting season may well benefit and love hunting on a large tract with multiple stand locations and more opportunities to take full advantage when a Boone and Crockett buck finally makes a mistake. The chance to spend several days hanging stands and trimming shooting lanes is what I like the most about my own lease. This “work” is a passion and I look forward to that time on my lease. Obviously, a larger lease is going to hold more deer and allow you and your group to spread out a little. As always, when you lease land you can make those decisions and decide when and how you hunt.
Leasing hunting ground can be the best decision you ever make as a hunter. Do your best to lease a farm that everyone in your club can enjoy. Remember some in your group may just want to see a lot of deer, while others want to hike deep in and set up to kill a giant. The right lease is out there…it’s just going to take a little time on a laptop and some comfortable hiking boots to find it.