Wildlife Cooperative is a land management company. We are best known for operating premium members-only hunting and fishing leases across the Southeast and Midwest. Lease members enjoy year-round access to a managed property for about the cost of one guided hunt with an outfitter. We also offer consultant services to landowners and investors. Our specialties include property acquisition, multi-use land management plans, wildlife habitat improvement, lease management, and feral hog trapping.
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Our company founder is Jerry deBin, a forester and Certified Wildlife Biologist. His experience includes quail plantation manager, forester, wildlife biologist, public affairs chief at AL Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, hunting/fishing marketing director at Academy Sports & Outdoors, CEO at Callaway Farms Manufacturing, and founder of WILDLIFE CO-OP.
Jerry helped shape Alabama public policy on hunting, fishing and other wildlife-associated recreation. He also was speechwriter to five governors, and directed lobbying for a sporting goods industry PAC. Jerry is a consultant for Gerson Lehrman Group, advising private equity firms investing in the hunting, fishing and outdoors industry space. He has served on international, national and state board roles including The Wildlife Society, Society of American Foresters, International Hunter Education Association Foundation, US Fish & Wildlife Service, International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, and National Shooting Sports Foundation.
How does a WILDLIFE CO-OP lease work? WILDLIFE CO-OP secures the lease by paying the landowner up front. We then develop a wildlife management plan unique to that tract of land. The plan stipulates the optimal number of members for that property. Once the lease is fully executed and a management plan is in place, WILDLIFE CO-OP vets candidates and picks individuals to fill the member slots. It involves much more than simply recruiting available hunters in search of a property. Our team interviews applicants and hand selects each member that joins a WILDLIFE CO-OP lease. It is not enough to find hunters to fill member slots. We find the right members.
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