Hunting lease agreement

A hunting lease agreement is a contractual arrangement between a landowner and a hunter who wishes to hunt on the land. This gives the hunter rights to hunt wildlife that roam within and around the landowner’s land. The hunter and landowner usually agree to a price and the duration of the agreement before the contract comes into effect.

Hunting lease agreement template

Hunting lease agreement

The basics of a hunting lease agreement

A hunting lease contract is a legal contract between the lessor and the lessee to hunt wildlife on one of the individuals’ land. An individual can set up a Hunting Lease if they are interested in granting hunting rights to interested parties.

The lessor is required to be the property owner and the objective of the contract is for the well-being of the landowner and the hunting party. It will protect the landowner by establishing rules and guidelines to be followed strictly while a hunt is ongoing on the premises.

The contract allows the protection of the hunter by the provision of legal rights and is permitted to hunt private property. The contract should document the period of the rental, as hunting can be done for one day or several hunting seasons along with other possible requirements (i.e. no hunting on weekends, the maximum number of hunting personnel, food cultivation plots, etc.). When the document is signed by the lessor and hunter, the contract takes effect immediately. 

Alternative hunting grounds can be found in National Forest and parks. However, any of the parties interested can consult the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

A license may be required to hunt including additional permits and fees. Several elements can impact the cost of a hunting lease: 

  • Farmland and wood

  • Size

  • Property owner proximity

  • History of quality animals

  • Clubhouse

  • Gates and Access

  • Proximity to a metropolis

Is a hunting permit necessary?

A hunting lease affords a hunter the legitimate right to engage in recreational hunting. A hunting license is not required by a landowner to hunt on their land. Persons interested in hunting on private property or the lessees of a dwelling under a lease agreement might be necessary to obtain a hunting license.

Persons married are required to have both individuals recorded on the property deed. In some climes, if married persons are not recorded on the deed they are required to acquire a license to hunt on their land. The license must be checked for the specific game permitted to be quarried, wildlife that is not stated in the license isn’t allowed to be hunted, even if the license holder is the property owner.

Itinerant hunters have to bear in mind that states require their hunting permits. The hunter is required to carry this permit always during hunting and may be in the form of a physical copy or electronic copy. 

Means to obtain a hunting permit

Before getting a Hunting Permit, it is recommended that a person takes a Hunters Safety Education Course. The requirements for this course are different for each state and intending hunters can inquire from the Department of Fish and Wildlife in their state for further details. Before a permit is granted, the intending hunter will be asked to tender any of the following:

  • Certificate of partaking in an approved safety course

  • A valid hunting permit

  • Evidence of a previously issued license

The application is required to be tendered to the Department of Fish and Wildlife in your area including necessary payments.

Open and Closed Season

A Hunting Season is a year when the hunting of wildlife is permissible which is also known as Open Season and under the laws of the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Closed Season is the year when hunting wildlife is not allowed and hence is punishable by law. Check your local Department of Fish and Game for further details.

Hunting Rules and Regulations

Hunting rules are different for various states. They were created to make sure wildlife continues to thrive and also to create hunting opportunities for hunters. Hunting rules also make provisions for persons not hunting to be protected through laws. The following are typical hunting regulations:

  • No hunting of quarry from the road.

  • All animals must be tagged as required.

  • Hunting with the relevant license inside private premises.

  • Recording the animal’s gender.

  • Legal acquisition of species.

  • Hunting with necessary recorded data.

Safety education for the outdoors

Outdoor Safety Courses give hunting lessons and insights into safety requirements in the intending hunter’s State before being granted a hunting permit. The course is not necessary for individuals hunting with an experienced hunter directly supervising the activity who was born before September 1, 1969.

Writing this agreement


  • Landowner Name: The name of the landowner who is leasing land for hunting purposes.

  • Property: The address of the hunting ground that is being leased. If the land has no access road, then information about the lot, plot, etc should be stated.

  • Jurisdiction: The State where the land is located should be recorded.

Hunting Grounds

  • Designated Hunting Areas: State where on the premises hunting is allowed. If all of the property is to be used for hunting, you may print “Whole Property.”

  • Purpose: Choose all actions that are allowed to take place while in the hunting area.


  • Lease Payment: The amount the lessee should pay for leasing the hunting ground.

  • Start Date: The date when a hunting lease becomes effective and the hunter can engage in hunting activities.

  • End Date: The date when a hunting lease expires and the hunter can no longer hunt on the property.

  • Rules: Any rules from the lessor or the State that the hunter may be required to follow.


  • Lessee’s: The Hunter is required to sign if they accede to this contract.

Lessor’s: The lessor’s signature for approval of their land for hunting.

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