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Dirt Therapy

Wildlife Cooperative, LLC is a land management company. It was founded in 1998 by Jerry deBin, a forester and wildlife biologist. What began as a “dirt therapy” project grew into a model for building premium hunting leases. We operate quality leases around the country. Members get year round access to their own hunting property for about the cost of one outfitter trip.

Click here to learn more about us and to see a list of leases managed by Wildlife Cooperative, LLC.

Jerry has a BS Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University, an MS in Zoology & Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University, and is a Certified Wildlife Biologist. His work history includes quail plantation manager for Caterpillar, biologist at Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division, public affairs chief at Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, marketing department head at Academy Sports and Outdoors, and CEO at Callaway Farms Mfg. Jerry helped shape Alabama public policy on hunting, served as  Governor’s speechwriter on natural resources conservation issues, and directed lobbying for a Texas-based sporting goods industry PAC.

Jerry also provides consulting services to private equity firms investing in the hunting, fishing and outdoors industry space. He regularly provides consultations through Gerson Lehrman Group, Coleman Research Group, Guidepoint, and others. He gladly shares the lease management model with landowners and land managers who want to implement a similar program.

After a new lease is procured, a wildlife management plan is developed for that specific 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 exactly the right members. Think you may be a good fit? Click here to find out.

Youngest son Josh deBin co-manages the Alabama properties. Josh has extensive knowledge of quality deer management and hunting lease operations. Josh runs many operations at Petrey Farms including member work details, camera census, and rules development.

Petrey Farms was the first lease developed by Wildlife Cooperative, LLC. It started 20 years ago with 1,000 acres in Crenshaw County, AL and grew to over 4,000 acres today. An experimental farm of sorts, Petrey Farms is where the hunting lease management model was refined. Wildlife Cooperative now operates leases in AL, GA, KS and MO.

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.

Quality land. Quality members. Quality experiences.