Miranda: Lease Secrets to Boost Your Hunting Prospects
Tim Kent, owner of outdoors-related media company Theory 13 Creative, decided to take matters into his own hands after years of bumping into other hunters while hunting in New York and New Jersey. “We were simply tired of having people on top of us, especially in my home state of New York, so I got together with my father and two hunting buddies and decided to lease some ground.
How did Kent get a hunting land lease on his own terms?
“I ran an advertisement in the local penny saver with the headline, ‘Landowners — Want Some Help Paying Your Taxes?’ The response was overwhelming and it allowed me to walk lots of different properties to see what would work best. Some of the landowners only wanted a couple of dollars per acre, while others were asking upwards of $30. We settled in the middle on a 370-acre property. Since then, we’ve included other land and now have 620 acres to hunt. Originally I didn’t want to lease, but it has been the best thing for my hunting.”
Kent’s experience certainly mirrors whitetail hunters across the country, not just in the Northeast. Investigating lease options might lead to a long-term solution to finding and keeping access to hunting ground.
Coming Next Week: Bill Winke advises on how to use trail cameras.