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Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Cumberland & Huntingdon Co, PA
Re: How should I lease a Hunting Property?
I have granted a few hunters permission to hunt for more than 15 years at no charge. I was away guiding fly fishing clients last year and returned a couple of days earlier than planned to find 3 hunters I did not grant permission parked in my yard in $50,000.00 plus pick-ups (I can't afford one). I won't even mention the deer that were piled in there vehicles, barely legal, but less than what an ethical sportsman would harvest. When confronted they said they herd it would be OK, and the well posted gate was open. Also found beer cans & gut piles littering the trails that I maintain. I can only imagine what might have actually taken place in past years. Talk about leasing being BAD for the sport, maybe not!
I receive no income from this property, no gas leases, no agriculture leases (it's all woodlands) but I pay the substantial taxes, post & patrol the boudaries, maintain the trails and 1/2 mile gated driveway.
If by chance I consider leasing this exceptional, well managed for game property, it will only be for the 2-3 weeks I'll be present. It will not be hunted any other times. Once burnt, twice shy.
Am I being unreasonable?
Thanks to all for your imput.
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