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#6586662 - 12/14/16 12:32 PM Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease
luckyone Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/09/16
Posts: 2
Hello all, I am new to this site and thought I would try my luck. I am currently looking for an annual deer lease for 2017 and hopefully there on. I already have a group of 5 friends/ family who are willing to go in on something. Our budget is about $2,000 a piece. Preferably something 2 - 4 hours from Houston, Tx.

My question is this, since I havent leases since back in 1990, what suggestions do you have for us finding a lease? With all the lease finding sites that require a fee its hard to know whether they are worth the money or not. There isnt much on Craigslist besides outfitters offering guided hunts. With that being said I was hoping for some advice.

I actually thought about taking a weekend trip and asking door to door, business to business in some of these small towns and simply introducing myself and explaining what I was searching for in hopes of some leads and guidance.

Any advice through this site would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for reading my wordy forum!

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#6586686 - 12/14/16 12:53 PM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
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Pro Tracker

Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 1291
Loc: Dallas, TX
best way to find leases is to offer

finder's fees

mininum $300

the more you offer , the faster you'll find one

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#6587014 - 12/14/16 05:06 PM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
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Registered: 07/25/13
Posts: 2153
check leasehunter.com every day
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#6587020 - 12/14/16 05:10 PM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
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Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 2881
Loc: Houston/Sealy
Word of mouth

I found my current lease in south texas off Craig list back in 08
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#6587065 - 12/14/16 05:30 PM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
hockeydude25 Offline
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Registered: 11/19/16
Posts: 17
i'm still looking

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#6587606 - 12/14/16 11:06 PM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
KeithTT Offline
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Registered: 02/15/10
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Loc: fort worth TX
I check satellite imaging of known good hunting areas. Then I drive that area and offer the farmers money. I currently pay $750 a year total split between two guys and we shoot great bucks every year.
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#6588596 - 12/15/16 03:37 PM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
tShawnB Offline
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Registered: 09/19/12
Posts: 1016
Loc: Forney
The best leases aren't found on lease sites. Knowing the right people with the country to lease and leasing directly from L.O.'s is the only way I would lease. I realize not everyone can do this; however, having the contacts and resources to do this AND having done it the internet and broker way back in the day, I can tell you word of mouth, good contacts, etc... is the way to go by a long shot. The evidence is right here on these pages with the large # of people looking for leases. Good leases in large #'s don't exist anymore.


Edited by tShawnB (12/15/16 03:37 PM)
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#6588647 - 12/15/16 04:20 PM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 8433
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Welcome. Don't bother with the lease finding sites and stay away from Craigslist for a lease. Get all your friends that are going to be on it to check with everyone that they know that hunts.
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#6589300 - 12/16/16 01:16 AM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: KeithTT]
Pitman Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/02/08
Posts: 83
Originally Posted By: KeithTT
I check satellite imaging of known good hunting areas. Then I drive that area and offer the farmers money. I currently pay $750 a year total split between two guys and we shoot great bucks every year.


This is what my dad did 10 years ago to find our current lease. (minus the satellite scouring). He just drove out to the area we were looking for on weekends and started knocking on doors. Took him a few weekends but his gift of gab paid off. He didn't talk money, just talked up the rancher for awhile. Before long the're best buddies and cost was low. Rancher was just tired of dealing with flaky lessees.

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#6589848 - 12/16/16 11:31 AM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
Brother Phil Offline
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Registered: 01/07/15
Posts: 180
The best leases I have been on were found by contacts or word of mouth. Before the internet, there were leased advertised in the paper. They still are, just not as many. If you look at craigslist or similar sites, you will see some leases that appear good, but don't get filled, or are advertised every year. That is a warning sign. I am on a current lease that I found on CL. Depending on what someone is looking for, it could be considered fair, or good. Either way, it is legit and I deal directly with the land owner.

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#6604053 - 12/27/16 09:59 AM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
luckyone Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/09/16
Posts: 2
Thank you all for your advise. My initial thought was to go door to door as several have suggested and introduce myself and explain why I am there. If they dont have any land then perhaps they may know of someone or can help me spread the word. I too was a bit skeptical about the lease finding sites so I am going to go with my gut and invest a few weekends out of each month and see how it goes. I think with persistence I will eventually find something.

I will keep this updated as my lease quest continues. Thanks again for the excellent advise.

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#6604077 - 12/27/16 10:17 AM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
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Registered: 07/26/13
Posts: 2851
Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
Don't forget to check with the feed stores for info on a lease as well.

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#6604230 - 12/27/16 11:49 AM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
DQ Kid Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 02/20/12
Posts: 4261
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Communication, communication and guess what more communication. Talk to everyone you know that hunts and even to those that you're not sure of. No time to be a wallflower.

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#6604233 - 12/27/16 11:50 AM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
DQ Kid Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 02/20/12
Posts: 4261
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Let them know of your enjoyment of hunting and desire to get on a lease and be a productive/compliant member.

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#6631047 - 01/13/17 02:17 PM Re: Best Way to Find a Hunting Lease [Re: luckyone]
Speny713 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/13/17
Posts: 4
Great info here. I myself am searching for a lease for our group of 5 guys. Exhausted all efforts online, now it's time to pound the pavement.

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