How to Pick Your Lease
by Rick Nagelmueller
I have had the privilege of hunting all over the south Texas brush country for some 30 years now. Course, I have also come out on the bad end of a lot of deer leases before I finally learned with the help of local residents what to look for to determine if the pasture you are looking at is any good or not. First of all, I mentioned above the term deer lease, let me explain what that actually is. You see, here in Texas, we have a very limited amount of state-owned land. Almost all is laid out in state parks. Hunting on state owned land is conducted in two different ways. One, a lottery type drawing is held which people sign up for to try to get drawn to hunt whatever specific park you put in for. The other type is what they call type II wildlife management areas. I prefer the private deer lease method. This method is where local landowners lease their property to you for the right to trespass on their land to hunt deer and other wildlife. The price per gun/person varies depending on how much land you are leasing -vs- the amount of hunters you will have on the lease with you. The more land per person, the more cost per gun.
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