More Control of the Population
One of the largest problems on public land is that there is a lack of mature bucks. This is because if the average hunter sees a buck on public land, they shoot it because If they don’t shoot it, the next guy will, and they go home empty handed.
Not every hunting lease is a safe haven for young bucks, but they are generally much better off than public land. If the lease is big enough, you can get a real good idea of which bucks have their core area on the lease. Then you can be fairly certain that these bucks are spending the majority of their time on the lease and are not going to be taken out by the neighbors.
That means you and your lease buddies can pick which bucks are on the hit list and which ones are going to be left for next year. Quality deer management is actually possible on a hunting lease, and if you do it right, you will have a respectable population of mature bucks to hunt each year.
For smaller leases that are not going to hold a buck for the majority of his day, you can still have a handle on quality deer management. You just may have to have a conversation or two with your surrounding neighbors.
It is not uncommon for a hunting lease to be next to another hunting lease. If you’re okay sharing information with another hunter, figure out who is on the other lease. They will likely be interested in quality deer management as well, and you two can help each other out.