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The 2 types on landowners who lease #7599017 09/05/19 08:18 PM
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A recent conversation had me thinking on the subject of landowners. It appears there’s 2 types of landowners who lease property out for deer hunting. There’s the uninvolved landowner, & the involved landowner

1). The uninvolved landowner probably doesn’t live on the property, or anywhere near it. They probably inherited the land, & don’t wanna work it (like farming or ranching) because they likely already have a good job in the city. They’re just lookin to put a little money in their pocket for taxes & a vacation or make a few car payments.

The good thing about an uninvolved landowner is a lease group can set whatever management goals they want, shoot whatever they want. They can pack on the hunters if they want, or not; they can shoot out all the deer, or take a strict management plan.

The bad thing about an uninvolved landowner is they likely haven’t done much upkeep to the place, like roadwork, brushwork, or cultivation. They’re likely to have leased the ground for grazing also. & depending on who is “in charge” of the lease, there could be lotsa problems come up between guys who all think they are the “lease boss”. The main negative is that the land is more liable to sold or split up between family members (& then sold) or taken over by new people who may not wanna lease (maybe hunt it themselves).

2). The involved landowner may live on the place, or nearby. They may be there every day or at least some weekends to work on their place. They probably use the lease money for improvements to their ranch to some degree.

The bad thing about involved landowners is they may already have a specific management plan in mind that some hunters won’t like (# of deer to be taken, specific animals are not to be shot, etc). So hunters need to find a landowner who’s shares their hunting ideas & values.

The good thing about involved landowners is their place is more likely to have some work done (brush clearing, road work, etc) & they are less likely to be sold off. Also if there is a problem between hunters, the actual landowner may want final say on any matters.

The 3rd type of landowner doesn’t lease out, they likely want to hunt it themselves or let their kids/in-laws hunt.

Thoughts?

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Originally Posted by maximus_flavius
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I think you're right. I think I'm the 3rd type, not because anyone but me is already hunting it but because I don't want to risk putting up with any BS from a bad leasee. I wish I knew someone who wanted to hunt it that I could trust. I used to have a friend that I had an agreement with. 1 day of work=1 day of hunt. He got to where he did less work and I pulled the plug.

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Originally Posted by garyrapp55
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1 day of work=1 day of hunt.


Dang, I'd make that trade, depending on the size of the place and animal quality. Considering most guys pay around $250-300 a day that they actually hunt, those are great wages. That guy blew it.


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3rd type here too. I've leased deer leases also, as recently as last year, and been involved with deer leases, off and on, pretty much since I was a kid (which is now getting to be a pretty long time ago). There are good and bad lessors (LOs), just like there are good and bad lessees (hunters, tenants).

The last couple of leases I've had have been on larger properties where the LO has leased out to more than one group of hunters. On one there were designated, large pastures for each group and on one it was, supposedly, your blind, one blind for each spot you buy. That was a joke. With multiple groups, there's always problems, someone or group getting jacked up over something that another group gets to do, kill, etc. I'd never lease in that situation again.

As far as "types" of landowners, I think there are all kinds of shades of gray of types of people that own land; just as varied as the human race.


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Heir property usually includes multiple owners who carry different levels of involvement, and for that reason, can be extremely challenging to lease and manage.


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Originally Posted by maximus_flavius


Thoughts?


Pretty much nailed it.

I'm #3.

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#3 here as well. However, there could also be a #4. Those landowners who don't lease their land nor do they hunt it simply because they have no interest in hunting. I know a few like that. Actually, my neighbor to the north of me is a #4.

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Originally Posted by DocHorton
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Thoughts?


Pretty much nailed it.

I'm #3.


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I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


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We are a mix of 1 and 2. Hunters help with upkeep on roads and projects that benefit them but we are close and I am one of the hunters as well. Management plan is mine no negotiating that because of the "shoot out all the deer" possibilities. I will likely transition to #3. If someone gets off or breaks any rules they will likely not be replaced. To be honest the money is never worth it

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Number 3 here also. Son, grandson and close friends only. I have one place that I let a close friend hunt, free of charge, because he's a friend. Been down the lease road before, not worth the hassle to me.


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I am a number 4. I don't want to lease but I need Deer taken off my place every year. I have a separate place that my Grandson can go to hunt. I do not want to have to manage my time as to when and when I cannot do work of my own property especially during the off season. I decide how many Deer I need taken off the property each year and schedule accordingly. I decide when I want hunters here and when I don't. It has worked out very well for me and the folks I have come out. And I don't put any stipulations on what WT can and can not be taken. I just deal in numbers.

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#5 May or may not live on the property, doesn't hunt it and doesn't want anybody to hunt it. "Me and my wife, we just enjoy lookin' at the deer."


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I have 50 years plus of hunting all over Texas on multiple leases. I have also owned my own ranch. My observations of LO's for what it is worth.

1. LO who wants your money but really does not want you to come hunt on his property. Makes things miserable with petty and silly demands and quirks.

2. LO who talks a good game when you are signing up for the lease - knows how to talk management and rules when selling it but does not enforce any of it. Never puts a penny back into the ranch for improving the deer. End result is usually chaos - guest running around everywhere shooting the place up. etc.

3. LO who is interested in truly managing their property and improving it and want hunters who they can trust and who will respect their property. These LO's invest back into their property to help improve conditions to try to grow bigger deer.

I have witnessed all of the above and have been blessed the last 12 years to lease from a number 3 type LO.

When I met him at lunch 12 years ago for the first time he looked me in the eye and said "lets do a one year lease and see if I like you and if you like me" - pretty straight forward and sounded fair to me.

He then said "when you or your group screws up (which you will) then just tell me and we will work through it. On the other hand, if you screw up and try to hide it then we will be done." I told him he had my word that is how I would run our lease - I also told him even though he did not know me from Adam that I would treat his property like it was my own - will pick up trash, close gates, follow rules, etc." I think he appreciated that and we have done our best to do that over all these years.

What evolved over the 12 years is total respect for each other and the result has been a world class lease with incredible deer. IMO it is like anything else in life - mutual respect between the two parties and everybody wins

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# 3 here mostly.We bought land, because we had enough of bad landowners saying one thing & doing another. Will never lease, because We have been around too many hunters who don't respect the land or landowner wishes. I'm too old to put up with lese drama.

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Ours is 1 except they live in town a few miles away and never worked in the city and hate it. They own several properties. But they like city guys since we aren't there for months at a time and never have to deal with us. They have lots of machinery they operate it as needed and well. They just have zero interest in hunting. Same as their kids who live in town as well with their families. Some of them work in the city due to career choice but home is small town
Good deal for us luckily.

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Our hunter's have our interest and we have their's. It took several tries to find the right group and we had some doozies that we had to go through before we found this group. They raise cattle also and they call us if anything is wrong. Water troughs overflowing, no problem. They'll fix it or will call me if they can't fix it and tell me what I need to bring to fix it. It saves me a lot of time on the ranches. I always have an invite for breakfast, lunch or supper if I'm near the camp house. They manage the deer herd the way we want and they reap the benefit of trophies on the wall. They have become not just deer hunters but trusted friends of the family. As tlk said "mutual respect between the two parties and everybody wins".

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Our hunter's have our interest and we have their's. It took several tries to find the right group and we had some doozies that we had to go through before we found this group. They raise cattle also and they call us if anything is wrong. Water troughs overflowing, no problem. They'll fix it or will call me if they can't fix it and tell me what I need to bring to fix it. It saves me a lot of time on the ranches. I always have an invite for breakfast, lunch or supper if I'm near the camp house. They manage the deer herd the way we want and they reap the benefit of trophies on the wall. They have become not just deer hunters but trusted friends of the family. As tlk said "mutual respect between the two parties and everybody wins".


Sounds like you got the right group. Our LOs host a BarBQ each year for the hunters. We give them a gift each year in return. Buy their dinner anytime we run into them in town.

The other thing we do is have an end of the year face to face meeting after each season. We discuss any issues that came up during the season and/or ideas on how to improve the ranch and deer herd. Lots of communication


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1. Had access to 80 acres was only hunting 40 from two different sets of family that owned 40 acres each. 40 acres to the west 4 families owned 10 each only one of the owners from Colorado would come out there a couple of times a year.They just acquired 10 of those acres for 20 of the 40 and are building a barndominium to live there. They have given me permission to hunt the back 20 acres, not sure if I am going to mess with it.

3.The 40 acres owned by two families to the east where I have hunted forever has been awesome 99% of the time. I had free reign and for that I put in a lot of hard work keeping the property up, mowing, brush hogging, planting fields feeding year round etc..

Last year one of the owners decided to let friends and family hunt which is his right and I could hunt also just no guarantee of exclusive hunting during the rut, so I thanked him for all of the years and memories and got off the property, the other side of the family wanted me to stay anyways but to many folks on to small of property.

If I was a land owner I would not lease my land out to hunters unless I had a whole bunch of it and needed the money. I would charge fair market for what my land had to offer and I would set the rules on the hunting what can and cannot be taken and what kind of behavior is acceptable.

Even though I have not had a pay for lease per say in a long time, I applaud the landowners who do lease their land for whatever reason up

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I'm #3, but would not mind having one other person,(paying) out there with me. It's just safer when you are 70 not to hunt alone. Would use his money to improve the place and pay the taxes.


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There is also the landowner who trust his hunters, and leaves them alone.
He sets the rules and we follow them. We keep the place clean, bring him venison sausage after the season and don't bother him, and he doesn't bother us.
He runs cattle on the place during the off season and pulls them out from late September to about May.
We first got on the place ten years ago and the hunters before us had about shot the place out.
Now we've got plenty of deer and some good bucks up to around 140 inches.

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#6, the LO that gets cold feet early in season and has regret he ever leased his place in the first place especially after the first 140"+ drops. Though not the norm, it has and does happen.

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Think the original post is pretty accurate. The only ways that I can see hassle of leasing working out for the land owner is if they are completely absentee and just about never go to the property or they really need the money, to me it's just like having a house guest every weekend, you may like them a lot but at some point in time you're ready for them to go home.

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Originally Posted by Choctaw
#3 here as well. However, there could also be a #4. Those landowners who don't lease their land nor do they hunt it simply because they have no interest in hunting. I know a few like that. Actually, my neighbor to the north of me is a #4.


We lost our lease of 14 years to a # 4.....Mother gave land to the son and he simply didn't want anyone on it and to my knowledge, he does not hunt it either. Too bad....that was a really great lease but I certainly understand his position.

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I used to be a #3 but let two friends come out and quail hunt. I also let a select few archery deer hunt till they got stuck in the "No Driving Area", they said it was okay to walk over. It was a wet weather spring that had no bottom but the dozer got them out. Still miss that place. As for #4 folks, there is several hundred acres near where I live now that is not leased and no one hunts. I asked about leasing it an was told they don't want any of their cows shot. I said I understood and thanked him for giving me that chance to ask. He looked shocked and I asked if he was okay. He said yes but that he had never been thanked for listening but had been cursed out several time for not leasing. Now I know why no one gets to lease that place.

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I fall somewhere in between, our lo does not live on the property but is very involved because it is a cattle ranch, the hunting is left up to us. We turn in deer counts to get MLD doe tags every year and the only thing asked of me is to get one doe to the processor for the lo. It has worked great for us. Our lo is only interested in improving the cattle herd and the deer hunting is up to us.

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