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Recreational Leasing

Posted Jan. 1, 2002

The Noble Research Institute Wildlife and Fisheries staff receive numerous inquiries each fall regarding recreational leasing. These inquiries are from landowners that are interested in leasing their property and from hunters looking for a place to hunt.

Whether you are trying to lease land that you own or you are looking for a place to hunt, timing is essential. We have learned this from our experience in advertising recreational leases and from discussions with landowners and hunters. Usually, if you wait until September to begin advertising or looking, you are too late.

June and July seem to be the best months to begin advertising property for lease hunting or looking for a place to hunt (with the exception of spring turkey hunting). This allows for three things: Hunters and landowners have time to locate each other and become acquainted; hunters have time to evaluate habitat quality; and there is time for hunters to arrange the necessary finances to secure leases.

Grant Huggins compiled the following list of primarily packaged hunts from advertisements on the Internet. Information obtained from these sites will provide an idea of prices associated with packaged hunts (assuming the sponsors are successful in obtaining hunters).

Landowners that choose to lease their property on a year-round basis and include all game will probably not find this list useful. However, based on our experience, landowners leasing in this fashion and emphasizing deer hunting can expect an average of $2.00 to $3.00 per acre in southern Oklahoma.


Deer

Andy Popejoy Outfitter
www.sportsmansdream.com/popejoy

BB Hunting
www.bbhuntin.homestead.com/page13.html

Chain Ranch Sportsman's Club
www.chainranch.com

Split Rail Outfitters
www.splitrailoutfitters.com

Wayne Mead Guide
www.jim-r.com/hunt.htm

Wing and Rack Ranch
www.wingandrack.com

Selman Ranch
www.selmanranch.com


Pheasant

Flynt Farms Upland Hunting
www.flyntfarms.com


Predators

Cedartop Outfitters
www.cedartopoutfitters.com

Wayne Mead Guide
www.jim-r.com/hunt.htm


Pronghorn

Andy Popejoy Outfitter
www.sportsmansdream.com/popejoy


Quail

Gilberts Outback Inc.
www.angelfire.com/ok3/outback

Selman Ranch
www.selmanranch.com

Wayne Mead Guide
www.jim-r.com/hunt.htm

Wing and Rack Ranch
www.wingandrack.com


Turkey

Andy Popejoy Outfitter
www.sportsmansdream.com/popejoy

Selman Ranch
www.selmanranch.com

Split Rail Outfitters
www.splitrailoutfitters.com

Wayne Mead Guide
www.jim-r.com/hunt.htm

Wing and Rack Ranch
www.wingandrack.com


Waterfowl

Curts Guide Service
www.curtsguideservice.com

Duck Club of Oklahoma
www.ionet.net/~jtw/duckclub

Selman Ranch
www.selmanranch.com

Wing and Rack Ranch
www.wingandrack.com

Western Oklahoma Waterfowlers
www.westernoklahomawaterfowlers.com

Mike Porter compiled the following list of websites for landowners to advertise their properties for hunting in Oklahoma and Texas. Like the list above, landowners can obtain an idea of pricing by viewing some of these sites.

www.agweb.okstate.edu/fwa/lease.html
Both listing and examination are free. This site is provided by Oklahoma State University Wildlife Extension. It emphasizes Oklahoma listings.

www.huntinglease.com
Listing is free, but potential lessees must pay $14.99 for six months of access to examine the listings. It lists leases throughout the US.

www.hightechredneck.com
www.huntingtexastrophies.com
www.texashuntinglease.com
www.deertexas.com
Both listing and examination are free for these sites and private individuals provide them. They list only Texas leases, so they are not suitable for advertising Oklahoma hunts.

If you are planning on leasing your property, late winter or early spring is a good time to prepare. Remember, the early bird gets the worm.

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