Friday, September 29, 2017

The Day Lease: An Alternative to Annual Hunting Leases

It was only a matter of time before the hunting lease industry got wise to the on-demand economy and threw its hat into the ring. And it is probably good that it did. With annual hunting leases becoming increasingly more attractive with every passing season, it is getting tougher and tougher for individual hunters and hunting clubs to secure one. Now they may not have to. The day lease is emerging as an alternative.

Day leases are to the hunting lease industry what Airbnb is to hotel accommodations. A number of enterprises have recently sprung up to connect landowners with hunters and hunting clubs. They charge fairly reasonable rates for day-long use of a piece of land and, if necessary, leases of several days at a time.

The attractiveness of the day lease is not all that important to hunters with annual leases already in place. But for those who cannot find an annual lease close enough to home, day leases do have some unique things going for them. For example, hunters can hunt a different piece of land every weekend if they want to.

How Day Leases Work

As a concept, the day lease is fairly straightforward. A landowner agrees to allow use of his or her land for a single day among a group of hunters. Like hotel space, groups of hunters can lease land for several consecutive days. Once the group leaves, the land is open for the next group to come in.

Protecting landowners under such arrangements is the responsibility of companies that organize and market the leases.  They act as the go-between for connecting owners and hunters. They may use technology, like smartphone apps for example, or just advertise in local hunting publications and among hunting clubs.

An article published by Outdoor Life on its website suggests that landowners set their own rates for as little as $9 per day up to several hundred dollars. Regardless of the rates, hunters have exclusive access to the land on the dates their leases cover. Hunters will pay more for larger lands and those with extra amenities like hunting cabins and tree stands.

Tips for Hunters and Hunting Clubs

Like everything else in the on-demand economy, day leases are offered on a 'buyer beware' basis. Hunters and hunting clubs have to tread carefully to make sure they don't get themselves into a bad position. It starts by doing a little research on whatever organization is being used to arrange a lease.

If dealing directly with landowners, it is important to do whatever is necessary to vet them. Hunters can bet that landowners are doing the same thing. This is not to say that people should not trust one another, but just that vetting owners and hunters protect the interests of both.

The American Hunting Lease Association also says that hunting lease liability insurance should not be ignored for the day lease. Landowners will have their own insurance in place, but hunters should be purchasing insurance as well. Adequate insurance on both ends of the lease protects everyone involved.

A good policy purchased by a landowner protects that landowner against liability in the event of injury occurring on his or her land. Insurance for hunters protects them should they do something that damages the owner's property. Hunters are also protected to a certain degree should they be injured while hunting.

Can you not find a long-term lease in your area? The day lease might be just what you're after. Day leases are an emerging part of a new on-demand economy for hunters.

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