OUR STORY

Wildlife Cooperative was founded in 1998 by Jerry deBin. The startup grew into a full service management company that develops and operates premium members-only hunting properties from South Carolina to Kansas. Wildlife Co-Op members enjoy year-round access to a managed property for about the cost of one guided outfitter trip.

Click here to see some of the leases managed by Wildlife Cooperative, LLC.

Jerry deBin has a BS Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University, and an MS Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University. He is also a Certified Wildlife Biologist. Jerry has worked as a quail plantation manager, forester, wildlife biologist, public affairs chief at AL Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, marketing department head at Academy Sports & Outdoors, CEO at Callaway Farms Manufacturing, and owner of Callaway Outdoors.

Jerry helped shape Alabama public policy on hunting, served as  Governor’s speechwriter on natural resources conservation issues, and directed lobbying for a sporting goods industry PAC. He also provides consulting services to private equity firms investing in the hunting, fishing and outdoors industry.

After acquiring a new lease, a wildlife and habitat management plan is developed specific to that property. Candidates are then vetted until all membership slots are filled. Group chemistry is crucial. It is not enough to find hunters to fill member slots. The key is to find the right members.

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Petrey Farms in Crenshaw  County, AL was the first lease developed by Wildlife Cooperative, LLC. What started in 1998 with 900 acres and 3 members grew to over 5,000 acres and 16 members today. A demonstration farm of sorts, Petrey Farms is where the hunting lease management model was refined. Wildlife Cooperative now operates leases in SC, GA, AL, MO and KS.

Why join a Wildlife Co-Op lease?

  1. To be part of a professionally managed private property.
  2. To enjoy benefits of private land without owning it.
  3. To have year round access for multiple hunting trips to hunt multiple species (e.g. mule deer, white-tailed deer, turkey, pheasant, quail, dove, hogs, coyotes, etc.).
  4. To have maximum acreage with a select few members.
  5. To enjoy high quality, low pressure, drama-free hunting.

It's a lifestyle; not a hobby