Founded in 1998 by Jerry deBin, Wildlife Cooperative is a wildlife management company that develops premium members-only hunting properties in the Southeast and Midwest. Wildlife Co-Op members get year-round access to a managed property for about the cost of one guided deer hunt with an outfitter.
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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. He has worked as a quail plantation manager, forester, wildlife biologist, public affairs chief at AL Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, marketing director 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.
How does a Wildlife Cooperative lease work? After acquiring a new lease, a management plan is developed unique to that property. The lease manager determines total number of members for a given 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. We want the right members.
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Here’s one example. Petrey Farms in Crenshaw County, AL started in 1998 with 900 acres and 3 members, and is now over 5,000 acres with 16 members today. It became a demonstration farm of sorts where our hunting lease model was refined. Wildlife Cooperative now operates leases in the Southeast and Midwest.