Lancaster Based Archery Hunt Club Forming
Been seeing a lot of posts in the QDM area of people saying they can't get access to private land in PA. So I've decided to take the bull by the horns this year and start an archery only hunt club that serves the central PA area of York, Lancaster & Harrisburg. Again, this an archery only club; if you're a gun hunter or x-bow hunter...no need to read further.
On the backend of this project, I'm currently reviewing & negotiating leases for (26) individual pieces of property that are all within a 30-40min drive of Harrisburg, York & Lancaster that range in size from 10ac to 200+AC of wooded property as well as wooded areas of farmland; some include lodging on site as well. Once we have the landowners OK in wanting to lease the property, I'm then going to walk each individual piece of land to check it's "huntability" so that we're not leasing junk land either. At that point I'll connect with members of the club with the cost factor per member for that piece of land as well as the maximum of open slots. Then once we recive the money from the hutners we'll then lease the land. I'm looking to obtain exclusive annual leases on these pieces of property so we can archery hunt them all season long, but worst case we may only get a 3 month lease for just the archery season alone (September-November).
On the front end of this project, I'm now gathering contact info from interested archery only hunters (again, no gun or x-bows hunters) who would like to be invoved in this. I don't have any pricing locked in yet because we're still in negotiations to obtain a number of leases at this point and the exact cost per hunter will be determined on what the individual property they want to hunt on leases for, how many hunters we can have on each piece of land (we want no more than 1 hunter per 5AC), and the cost of insurance for the club. We're estimating that the annaul dues will be no more than $200-300/yr. Maybe more if the land also includes lodging rights, has food plots on it already, and/or if the density of hunters on the land is less than 1 hunter per 5AC (say 1:10 or even 1:20). Maybe less if we can only get a 3mo lease vs. an annual lease or if the lease is not exclusive to us only. But overall $200-300/yr is a good expectation to have. Once I get each parcel of land locked with the exact cost and cap of hunters, I will inform all interested parties the exact details to include the cost and how many open slots there are on each piece of land. Signing up for it will be a first come first served process and dues will need ot be paid upfront before we lease the property.
But at this point I'm just looking for interested archery hunters (again, no gun hunters or x-bow hunters) who want to get in on something like this. If so please send me ALL your contact info; your real name [not your HPA name], eMail address and PH#(s) as soon as you can so I can start creating a list. Once I get each property locked in, I'm going to start rolling down the list in the order I receive contact info to start filling in open slots immediately.
Casey W. Roe
Remember the "Q" in QDM means Quality...not Quantity.