Benefits of a Wildlife Co-Op Hunting Lease
- Managed by one person – a Certified Wildlife Biologist
- Based on sound wildlife management principles/practices
- Committed to upper end QDM
- Year-round access for about the cost of a guided hunt
- Generous acres-per-member ratio. Ranges from 200:1 to 300:1
- Strict and common sense operating rules
- No locals. Members must live >1-hour from the property.
- Cooperative attitude. We work together to continually improve the property.
- Like-minded members. No drama. A squeaky wheel gets replaced, not lubed.
What Makes a Wildlife Cooperative Property Unique?
We lease properties with suitable habitat, good neighbors, and history of low hunting pressure. A Certified Wildlife Biologist tailors a management program to that property. Each property operates under a management plan based on sound wildlife management principles and practices. The plan outlines habitat enhancement projects, collecting and analyzing harvest data, sustainable harvest quotas, nuisance animal control, and strict operating rules.
Wildlife Co-Op leases are at the opposite end of the spectrum from a run-of-the-mill hunt club. Maybe you have seen firsthand what happens when a group of hunters lease a property and then proceed to overrun it with too many hunters who kill more game than can be sustained. We call it burning the furniture to stay warm. We avoid that mistake by maintaining a high acres-per-member ratio. Target is >200:1 in the Southern states properties and >800:1 in Midwestern states.
After a new property is leased and a wildlife management plan is in place, then the property is advertised and membership applications are received. Our vetting process separates a Wildlife Co-op property from just another hunt club. We screen for like-minded members with high integrity. Successful member recruitment is about finding the RIGHT member; not just any member.
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