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Hunting Leases


Few hunting, conservation or land-use issues are as controversial as the ongoing trend toward “lease hunting.” This is not a new concept. Hunting leases have been a common practice in some states for over half a century. For the landowner, farmers and ranchers, hunting leases are a means by which to generate additional income from wildlife resources that the landowners sustain through their crops and habitat maintenance. For the sportsperson, the growing number and prevalence of lease arrangements are an indication of diminishing public access opportunities and “highest-bidder” price wars that could exclude access to a lot of private land. Additionally, thriving game populations of many species rely on hunting to maintain their populations within the biological carrying capacity of the habitat. Also, big-game lease hunting tends to target trophy animals, requiring “cull” hunts or similar strategies for population control and removal of less desirable animals. July 2014 ... Hunting Leases

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