Wanted to email a few pictures of the buck I shot in [location deleted] with my bow. Thanks for the recommendation on the [archery location deleted], it paid off. Thanks again. You and your staff do an excellent job!!
Sincerely, [name delete]
Thank you for your compliments and taking the effort to send in your picture. Congratulations on your archery harvest, a nicely balanced rack.
During season land runs are a bit more leisurely allowing us to review, rank and possibly add to the list of potential hunting land for the season to come. These land runs are also a time to check up on current leases as well during the season when the habitat is all the more critical during hunting season.
Taken for granted we lease hunting land for the right type of habitat within the right region of the state for the production we are after, frequently means making decisions with less than complete certainty. Using all available observations combined allows for pass or possible lease offering. A lease offering never implies the landowner will accept our offer or that we will pay too much for any lease.
While not a trophy deer (above) it is a sign of potential to come.
Often we will pass on better habitat in a lower production region and pay more for less quality habitat within a better region for the land profile (deer, turkey, quail, etc.) we seek. The pictures above and below may be all that we have to base a decision on beyond regional history for selecting a lease.
One of a large flock. As this farm is in row crop and was surrounded by pasture we may assume the flock was roosted on or near the potential lease as it is far more common for turkeys to feed (flydown) in a crop field than a pasture.
No lease or potential lease is perfect. The fresh bottle above was found on the land under review when no one was supposed to be hunting it.
The tree stand is on the neighbors 3/4 mile property line facing at an angle onto what we were reviewing for lease.
The fence seen in the foreground is the property boundary. This stand was one of several that lined the property boundary. Even with the best habitat on the potential lease if the surrounding farms have a lot of pressure than the value of that lease declines.
Taken all together each land run ranks hunting land by region, by potential, added to the list by habitat quality, membership hunting discipline profile and budget applied. We do not accept all the land we look at and neither do the landowners accept all the contracts we offer. In the end we typically have better overall land at the end of that year's land contracting cycle than we started with and start over again due to such conditions as shown below.
What we do not like to see but have to accept as the nature of leasing within agricultural regions and that is farm land improvement. This bulldozer picture is on a current lease and adds to the equation of leasing decisions.