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When I first started DeerTexas.com back in 1998, there was no other online source for statewide hunting leases in Texas. This was back when the Internet was still in its infancy and AOL still charged by the hour for Internet access. The only sources for Texas hunting leases at that time was through Chambers of Commerce listings that were snail mailed out to hunters requesting the list, newspaper classified ads, or word-of-mouth referrals. I was looking for a deer lease myself and thought there should be a better way to find a hunting lease. I realized that Texas hunters needed a source for up-to-date hunting leases that could be searched in an organized, user-friendly manner. It also occurred to me that Texas landowners needed a place they could advertise their hunting properties without having to pay $70 for two lines in a newspaper classifieds section. I designed the site to afford landowners the ability to advertise their leases for free, thereby helping to keep lease costs down. I had just bought my first personal computer and began creating a database of Texas hunting leases. It took me two years (1996 – 1998) to complete the project and go live with the first Internet site specifically designed for statewide searches for Texas hunting leases. DeerTexas.com was born.
Texas is a unique state in that 98% of the huntable land is privately owned. If you hunt in Texas, you typically lease trespass rights from a private landowner since free public hunting land is scarce and often overcrowded with the available hunting opportunities to be mediocre at best. That’s the reason DeerTexas.com is successful. Most other states have ample publicly owned land that folks can hunt on.
I’ve learned a few things about Texas hunting leases, hunters and landowners since the start. One of the most common questions I hear is, “when is the best time to be looking for a new lease?” The answer is anytime you don’t have one, because you never know when the one you want will become available. Hunters often begin looking for their new lease right after deer season ends. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of leases being advertised at that time of year because hunters haven’t told the landowners they’re currently with that they intend to move. Although new lease ads become available year-round, it seems that more are available just before and right after Spring Turkey season and the numbers continue to grow all the way through October/November. Some landowners don’t bother advertising until just before the new deer season. Those folks are often more willing to negotiate price and amenities later in the year as well. Competition also tends to be less for those that come available later in the year too, as most hunters have settled on something by then. So, contrary to popular belief, May – October provides hunters with the best opportunities of the year for finding a new lease.
It’s very important to be prepared. Following are a few tips for being ready when the one you’re looking for finally opens up:
- Make sure everyone in your hunting party agrees on what is required. It doesn’t do anyone any good to look at a lease that is void of wild turkeys if there is a dedicated turkey hunter in your group.
- Gather at least 50% of the total lease price from all hunters in your group so that when a good lease is found you are able to offer the landowner a reasonable amount in order to secure it.
- Be realistic in your expectations and discuss it with all of the members in your party. Your search for a trophy lease in the Brush Country of South Texas is sabotaged before it ever begins if one of your hunters is only willing or able to pay $800/year for his spot. Good hunting leases in that region are typically much more pricey.
- Visit DeerTexas.com daily and watch the “Preview Ads Free” page to see the most recent ads posted. When you find one you’re interested in, call the landowner rather than emailing. A phone call is usually much more efficient.
- Finally, appoint someone in your group who is flexible to be able to make an executive decision for all. This person should have knowledge of game sign and have the time to go scout a property without much prior notice. There are many hunters looking for leases and the number available at any given time is limited. If you wait until the weekend someone else may beat you to it.
Once you’ve secured your new lease, make sure everyone follows all the rules including all Texas game laws. There’s no quicker way to get booted off a lease than to break the landowner’s rules or to break the law. Be sure to ask the landowner what his rules are before you lease the place. There’s no sense in getting on a lease that the landowner doesn’t allow ATV’s if using one is important to you. If you must go off road, always drive the edges of the pasture rather than through the middle of it, and always leave all gates just as you found them.
If you’re reasonable in your expectations and follow this simple advice you should have no problem finding a great hunting lease. I can’t promise you’ll join a lease by using our service because I can’t control your actions, but I’m confident that you’ll be satisfied with the service I provide. So confident in fact that I offer a 100% money-back guarantee (see explanation on the bottom of the Home page).
I wish you the best this and every season, and as always… good hunting!