Hunting Lease Networkon Feb 28, 2013
I was very lucky to grow up in an area where hunting opportunities were endless. The only restriction was how far you were willing to walk, or how long your thumb could push the throttle on your ATV without cramping while in route to the destination of your choice. I assumed, in my narrow view of the hunting world, that it would be that way anywhere I made my home after graduating from college. Boy was I wrong.
Once I got settled into my new job in a new area, I spent weekend after weekend knocking on doors and exploring every back road in three surrounding counties; looking for that one opportunity to hang a stand. To my surprise, there was no place to be found. As I watched the days change to months and hunting season draw closer, a sense of panic and despair started to settle in. I could not imagine the arrival of that first cool, crisp morning in October and not having a bow in my hand. It was almost too much for my mind to handle. Just before I thought all was lost, a couple of guys I worked with informed me that there was an opening on some property they had just leased. Without a doubt, they saved my hunting season…..and my sanity.
As hunting permission becomes harder to acquire, there have been few places for hunters to turn. Luckily for us, Hunting Lease Network has a fair and easy way to save the hunting seasons for many people just like me. I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Troy Langan of the Hunting Lease Network to find out more about their company and how they are helping hunters and land owners partner up to increase the amount of hunting opportunities available. Here is what he had to say.
Having success in the field is often as simple as having a quality place to hunt. With available locations becoming harder and harder to find, bowhunters need a resource that will increase their chances of finding good property.
Q: How did Hunting Lease Network get started?
A: We are a division of Farmers National Company. Farmers National Company is the nation's leader in managed farms. We manage over five thousand properties for the agricultural rights in the mid-west. Since most of these properties also have great hunting opportunities, it was a natural progression for us to also look at creating a centralized system in which customers could acquire the hunting rights to these properties. Over the past ten years we have opened quite a few doors with this process; many of these properties that we manage never allowed hunting in the past, but because we came up with the correct lease language and the proper liability insurance, owners have allowed us to offer the hunting rights to these properties. As this process grew, neighboring property owners started to see the value in what we were doing. They started asking us about leasing their properties for hunting as well. It has just really taken off. (locating hunting ground)
Q: I noticed on your website that you mention “franchise offices”? How does that work?
A: Our company is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Since every state has its own rules, regulations and permitting systems, our thought was to use local agents who understood those systems to create a better outcome. Some states may have up to two separate territories that our franchisees would own and operate for all hunting leases. These local agents know the areas and the properties and really establish solid bonds with the landowners and the individuals who lease the property.
Q: How does the leasing process work for hunters?
A: The best way to start would be to visit the website www.nationalhuntingleases.com. On the website, it will show a map of the United States. You can click on any state that you would like to look into. Once the state comes up, all the leases will be segmented by counties. Click on any county that you are interested in and a listing of leases in that county will be shown. You can then click on each individual lease you would like to get more information on. Our website is very easy to use and our sign-up process is free. It just takes a few minutes to register. When an individual registers on our site, they can get e-mail notifications on new leases in the area, or notifications on leases that did not renew and are now available. Once registered, they will be able to see the bidding process and the prices. If someone wants to look at the property before bidding, we can also get permission from the landowner for them to see the property. It is a very easy process for all parties involved.
Q: How many states are you in, and how many hunting leases do you manage?
A: We are currently in 24 states with over 1100 leases that we manage. We also have just over 117,000 registered bidders.