Hunting lease rules vary slightly for each property that we manage. Below is a sample from one lease.
MEMBERSHIP: Dues cover lease, exclusive hunting rights, mineral supplements, and fall food plots. Renew by paying 50% non-refundable deposit by Feb 28; balance by Apr 1. If a member misses the deadline, his/her slot will be promptly filled by a candidate on the waiting list.
GUESTS: Member may bring one guest. Game killed by the guest counts toward member’s quota. Use discretion. Guest under age 18 must sit with the member. Guest unskilled at field judging bucks must sit with the member. Member must accompany guest onto the property and ensure rules are followed.
BUCK limit = 2/year. A shooter buck must a 4.5-year-old or older. If you choose to let a guest harvest one of your allotted bucks, then make certain the guest can field judge. If he/she cannot, then you must sit with them and be responsible for calling the shot.
DOE limit = 4/year. Try to kill does before the rut to settle the land and concentrate bucks around remaining does.
GOBBLER limit = 3/year. No jakes! Guest and you must sign-in for the same area in turkey season.
CULL BUCK: Can only be killed after being put on a hit list by the lease manager. All members will be notified. Assuming a trail cam pic is available, it will be given to members along with stand locale where pics were taken.
HOGS: No limit. Know the law before you hunt. Some areas may be baited for hogs and designated as hog-only to avoid risk of deer baiting violations. The lease manager may also trap hogs as part of a nuisance animal control program.
ONE THAT GOT AWAY. It rarely happens but an unrecovered deer or turkey still counts toward your quota. If you shoot it and it runs away, flies away, falls but gets up, or leaves other evidence of being hit, then it counts as a kill.
SKIN IN THE GAME: Each new member pays a one-time $800 initiation fee. Funds are used to buy equipment such as cameras and treestands that become property of the lease.
SIGN IN. Stands are first-come-first-served at time of the hunt. No signing in the night before. No signing in this morning for a stand you want to hunt this evening. Sign in for one stand. Sign out before going to another.
PARK-N-WALK: The goal is no vehicles in hunting areas during deer and turkey season. Exception: you can drive to retrieve a deer or fill feeders, but electric UTV is preferred even then. Use designated park & walk spots during deer and turkey season. This applies to all gas operated vehicles. No driving to the stand. Parking is mapped in a way to keep gas vehicles farthest from stands, and allow electric vehicles to park slightly closer to hunting areas. Use stealth when walking to/from a stand to minimize disturbance to the area.
SCOUTING & CAMERAS: To minimize disturbance, members must cease all scouting and trail camera operation during deer season. Do your part to minimize disturbance of deer feeding areas, bedding areas, and travel corridors. The only cameras allowed during deer season are those maintained by Wildlife Co-Op at official feed and mineral sites. Images from all cameras are shared with all members equally. The goal is to cooperate; not to compete.
DATA: Record data for each deer and turkey killed. Follow instructions in sign-in notebook to extract deer jawbone. Email the lease manager with close up digital photos of your kill along with pertinent details (hunter name, date, location, antler measurements, body weight, beard & spur length). Send these to the manager within 24 hours after the kill.
ROADS & FIELDS: Protect roads and fields from damage. No vehicles or ATVs in row crop fields or food plots. No driving on pastures or open fields during wet conditions. When retrieving a dead deer, drag it to the field edge and then load it.
TARGET SHOOTING: Target practice allowed June-Sept at the designated spot. No target shooting disturbance from start of deer season through end of turkey season.
SCENT CONTAINMENT: Hunt the wind! Pick a stand based on wind direction. Refer to the list of all stands and best wind for each. If the wind is bad for a stand, then don’t hunt it. Leave no trace you were ever at a stand. Take your empty water bottle, candy wrapper, whatever…with you when leaving the stand. Leave all stands clean! Latch the shooting house windows and door.
METHODS: Deer hunt only from a ground blind, shooting house, or elevated stand. No stalking. No deer drives. No walking areas to push deer. This is grounds for immediate forfeiture of membership.
LODGE: Members share a house located on the lease. Utilities and upkeep are are divided equally among members. Practice good housekeeping. Replenish what you use. Repair what you break. Clean what you get dirty. Leave the house in ship shape. No smoking. No pets.
CAMP ATMOSPHERE: The lodge is the first thing the landowner sees when he comes to our camp. Keep property spotless clean always. Make sure there is no trash visible. Not even a bottle cap on the ground. Store trash and take it with you when leaving camp. This is a family environment. Be considerate of those who don’t drink. Be discrete! This is a family environment. Keep language clean at all times.
WORK DAYS: Members must be represented in two scheduled club work details by: (a) attending in person or, (b) paying for day labor that will be hired to work in your place or, (c) arranging your own work weekend and laborers to complete work details. The lease manager will develop the list of approved projects with member input. This allows flexibility for members with very little free time to fit work projects into their schedule.
CAMERAS: Trail cameras are an asset when managed properly. Members can scout with their own cameras during off season. Members are expected to cooperate with the lease manager to strategically place cameras throughout the lease. The intent is to avoid disturbance that results when too many people operate cameras and check them too often.
FEED & MINERAL SITES: The lease manager will establish official deer census sites baited with feed, minerals and/or attractant and monitored by camera. This is an important tool for collecting deer census data and for building an inventory of bucks. The lease manager will map GPS coordinates of all mineral-camera sites. The lease manager will develop a schedule for checking each camera and posting photos for all members to share. There are no secrets and no “them vs. us” mentality.
LAWS & SAFETY: Know the game laws and abide by them. Practice safety at all times. Never drink alcohol and hunt later that same day – it is grounds for immediate forfeiture of membership. Violation of a game law may result in immediate forfeiture of membership without a refund.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: I agree to these terms and understand that violation may result in forfeiture of membership without refund.
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