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Hunting for a Good Lease? Check Out the Foundation's New Web Site

Posted Apr. 1, 2005

In the March 2005 issue of Ag News and Views, Shan Ingram introduced you to our newest Web-based service to landowners, the Hunting and Recreational Lease Registry. In case you have not had a chance to visit the site, please allow me to provide you with more background in order to entice your "mouse" to take you there.

Recreational leasing is becoming more common throughout the Noble Research Institute's service area. Many landowners are discovering they can capitalize on income from hunting or other recreational activities on their property. How to implement a recreational lease is a common issue we address with cooperators and contacts. We also receive many calls from people interested in locating a place to lease for hunting and other activities.

One of the first obstacles to implementing a recreational lease is advertising. While "word of mouth" works well in some instances, the services many landowners have to offer are often not known by others. In this case, the landowner will have to investigate advertising in local and area newspapers and periodicals and on Web sites. Advertising in newspapers, periodicals and many Web sites costs money, therefore, the landowner often cannot provide the amount of information needed to adequately advertise their services.

The Hunting and Recreational Lease Registry was developed not only to address the cost of advertising for landowners (and outfitters) and to direct those looking for a lease, but also to fully describe the landowner's services, complete with location, size of property, pricing information, recreational activities, text for describing and promoting the lease, services offered and photographs or Web page displays. This service is free to all and organized in an easy-to-use format (mostly "check boxes" for quick entry) with distinct areas for entering each piece of information that applies to the landowner's or outfitter's specific parameters. Those looking for a lease will find useful information at their fingertips in an easy-to-use format.

Even though this service is free and set up for easy use, there is one potential drawback. To be successful, entries must be made by landowners or outfitters. Realistically, we expect entries to be somewhat low at first, but, in time, we expect to have many entries listed. If you are not interested or do not have any recreational service to lease, then perhaps you know someone who could benefit from this service. The Hunting and Recreational Lease Registry can be found at www.noble.org/apps/weblistings/wildlifelease/. Check it out. We think landowners, outfitters or those looking for a recreational lease will find it useful.

If you don't have a computer at home, we'd like to remind you that most all local public libraries have computers available for public use take advantage of that resource.

We in the Ag Division often rely on The Noble Research Institute's Communications Department staff to organize our information in an attractive, easy-to-use format. This newsletter is just one example. The Hunting and Recreational Lease Listing is another. Without their assistance, this listing would not have been possible.

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