FAQ's (AKA the most important page on the website)
We hope that this FAQ Page will help answer some of the main questions everyone asks. While we often provide personal service we do take calls from almost every state in the country. This page will hopefully help you get some quick answers. A few words of wisdom from our time in this field. 1) DO NOT SPEND THE MONEY IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT! 2) LAND LEASING IS STILL RELATIVELY CHEAP WHEN COMPARED TO THE COST OF LAND OWNERSHIP, HUNTING WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT.
How do you determine pricing
In general pricing follows the same supply and demand factors in any market. You will see that Kentucky Leases are usually more expensive than Indiana Leases because there is more demand for Kentucky Land. More specifically however pricing usually follows these main factors: 1) Owner (Each Owner Has Different Demands To Allow Access to Their Property) 2) Location (How Many People Are Looking to Get Land There) 3) Access (How Easy is the Property to Access and Hunt) 4) Type (Crops, Woods, Water, Mix etc.) 5) Time of Year (Certain Times of Year Have Different Pricing). There are other Factors as Well but that is a good rundown. I would say that they are in a hierarchical order.
IS THE LEASE PRICE NEGOTIABLE
For the most part lease prices are the amount that it has already been leased for in the past. Additionally lease prices are usual a close representation of what the owner requires to get to start allowing a stranger to access their property with weapons. In some cases there may be some wiggle room on the price but it is important to know that if you get into a property low it will probably go up. In general we do not like to increase and rarely do increase lease prices. Also if you got on a property too low then someone will come along and give more to bump you off. Owners will get rid of both of us if they think they have been getting a below market price. We rarely see it being a strategy for success to squabble over a few hundred dollars. However, you can always ask.
How Many People can be on a lease
That is usually up to you in most cases. We just work with the owner to make sure it is a safe number but this is rarely an issue.
How long are leases for
Most of them are 12 months long from when they are signed, committed to, paid, etc. We have very few tracts that may only lease abbreviated seasons but you will be notified.
Is the property posted and gated
Some are and some aren't. Feel free to post properties if you want to and/or gate them with owner permission.
wHAT CROPS WILL BE PLANTED and when will they cut them
Most of the time we do not know what will be planted on tillable properties. We also cannot bind the farmer to any crop planting schedule and they have to decide what to plant that benefits them the most. Crop price changes may change what they plant and we have no control over that. We also can't control when they harvest their crops. Weather, business practices, business cycles, equipment malfunctions, potential health and family issues all play a role in what a farmer decides to do with planting and harvesting crops. We cannot know and we cannot make the farmer do anything.
What do you think about the property
We are a bad person to ask because we are positive minded people and would probably find a reason to hunt every property. Hunting is therapy for the most part so give us a tree to climb or a blind to sit in with our kids and we are happy as can be.
do you know the lease history
In general we do not know how people hunted a property, what they harvested on it, etc. Lessees for the most part do their own thing and prefer for us and the owner not to know about the hunting. For the most part Lessees are worried about word getting out about what they harvest so other people won't poach their lease or the owner drive up the price. What we do know is that the land IS AVAILABLE FOR LEASING.
Do I have first option to renew
Yes. We always try to keep people on their lease tract if they would like to renew it. We like to spend our time developing new lands so we don't like to spend time re-marketing leases each year. If you don't want to renew it then we go ahead and market it to others.
Maps, Acreage, Surveys, platts, etc
We rely on owner provided information for maps, acreage sizes, boundaries, easements, etc. We rarely have an actual survey of the property. We do our best to provide as reliable of information as possible to you but we cannot guarantee, warranty, certify anything. With the advent of some online maps, including tax assessor maps, it has caused some confusion. It is important to know that Tax Assessor Maps always come with a disclaimer that they are not surveyed maps and are not to be taken as accurate as a survey. Often online maps are skewed to the right, left, up, down, etc. as it is not a perfect overlay on satellite photographs. They can be a great tool but we always err on the side of owner provided information.
Trespassing events are rare but are always possible on any property. We do have 1-2 complaints per year on potential trespassing. We do our best to contact the owner in this situation to see if they can provide any assistance or knowledge. Most of the time the owner will have no knowledge of the trespassing event either. In this case we always encourage you to use your copy of the lease to show local authorities that you are the only person allowed on the property.
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