We get thousands of questions each year from prospective and existing members. Most are serious questions that deserve a serious answer. But occasionally we get a question that….well….you can read them for yourself.
Q1: If I join a Wildlife Cooperative lease, what is included in my dues?
A1: It varies depending on amenities of each property. Membership dues cover our professional wildlife management services, annual hunting rights, and liability insurance. Other services such as food plots (lime, fertilizer, seed), feed, lodging, and utilities are also included on some properties.
Q2: A forester was on the lease today and said some timber will be cut soon. Can we require that loggers wait until hunting season is over before cutting timber?
A2: No. The timber market is all about supply and demand. When retailers need more lumber, then timber gets cut. A timber sale contract typically gives the logger a window of time (can be 6-18 months) to harvest the trees. This allows the logger to juggle logging sites based on weather conditions and sawmill demands for specific sized logs. Bottom line is that loggers work year round and cannot afford to close during deer and turkey season.
Q3: If loggers cut on my lease during hunting season, do we get a partial refund?
A3: No. If landowners had to operate on those terms, they would quit leasing land.
Q4: The landowner drove through the property when I was camping. Would you please advise him to give us a courtesy heads up when he plans to be on the property?
A4: No. Keep in mind that you are the guest and not the owner. The lease agreement gives limited access for camping, hunting and/or fishing. The lease agreement gives the landowner unlimited access for managing the property (survey, repair roads, feed cows, cruise timber, etc.).
Q5: The rules state that I am allowed to kill 2 bucks age 4.5 or older. If I don’t kill a buck this year, does my quota rollover so that I am allowed 4 bucks next year?
A5: Uh…..no. An applicant actually asked that question several years ago. We still laugh about it to this day.