Many of us hunters find ourselves looking for hunting land or a membership in a new hunting club during the summer months. I have found that the quicker you start the better your chances of finding a good place to lease for the next season or finding a good hunting club.
I am constantly looking for new leases for turkey hunting and they are very scarce. If you find one, it is likely to be priced way too high for anyone except a retired and rich guy! I just don’t have enough time to hunt but, I still pay high prices for leases! I leased three tracts this past year, two in Alabama and one in Tennessee and right now, I hold first option on each of those for 2016. However, I have already advised one lease holder to count me out. I made a mistake when I leased that tract and even though I hunted it 20 years ago and killed a sackful of turkeys from it, when I looked at it last year I suspected the urban sprawl that had splattered all around it had reduced the hunting to minimal. I WAS RIGHT. I saw three gobblers on it late one afternoon during the season so I went back the next morning and did not hear any turkeys but, I did hear all kinds of automotive noise and shouts from the neighborhoods near the tract. I did not waste anymore time on it. I just counted that as money lost!
The place I leased in Macon county was pretty good and I took some nice gobblers off it. The woods are nice and the property is laid out so that it hunts “big”. That is it seems to be larger than the 700 acres it actually is and has good woods on three sides so I was able to call to gobblers on adjoining properties and get them to come see me. However, it is 62 miles from my house and I have a couple of guys poaching it from the southeast corner where another club joins. We had a “impromptu meeting” one morning and they thought the property I leased was not being hunted so they had been inviting themselves on it. Hopefully that will stay on their side of the line next season if I lease it again.
The place I leased in Tennessee was expensive, rugged and small for the price. I did find a good population of Gobblers and brought some down to BAMA. Like the other places, people do not respect borders and I had turkeys ran off from me twice by other people coming on the property who should not have been there. Some walked right by my truck and came on in for a horse ride! Unreal how people don’t respect anyone else. That plus it is 310 miles one way and I have to stay at a hotel so the cost of hunting just keeps rising! Not to mention that I only got to make 3 trips up there the whole season due to other obligations and bad weather.
I guess I am just wishing for the old days when I had free places to hunt, close to home and they all had turkeys on them! Well, I am starting today looking for turkey leases for 2016. I got plenty of deer hunting places, just tough to find that good spring lease.
I am ready to get after some fishing, some hog hunts and shooting those dang Coyotes! I killed several in turkey season and would like to shoot a few thousand more!
If you have a place you want to lease me for turkey rights next spring, just email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you enjoy the outdoors this week!