6 Considerations for Hunting Leases in Florida

February 12, 2024   |   Hunting
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Hunting leases in Florida can provide great value for hunters and landowners. Here are six considerations for navigating Florida hunting leases.

When exploring hunting leases in Florida, assessing these six key considerations is essential. Whether you're a landowner looking to generate cash flow or a prospective lessee, understanding these factors is crucial for establishing a successful hunting lease.

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1. Florida Hunting Laws

Florida boasts a rich hunting heritage, but it also has a robust framework of hunting laws and regulations that every landowner should be well-versed in before offering hunting leases in Florida.

These laws encompass various aspects, such as hunting license and permit requirements, fees, season dates and zones, age restrictions, and safety provisions. For comprehensive information on Florida hunting laws, please refer to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

2. Available Game

Before leasing your land for hunting, it's prudent to identify the game species naturally inhabiting your property.

In Florida, the spectrum of indigenous game species suitable for hunting leases ranges from small to big game, including white-tail deer, wild boar, alligator, Osceola turkey, duck, and quail. For a successful Florida hunting lease, it is crucial that your property also offers enough sustainable wildlife habitat to sustainably hunt these species.

3. Land Evaluations

Before considering a hunting lease, conducting a proper property evaluation is highly recommended to understand your hunting property's full potential.

To start, determine the amount of acreage suitable for hunting in Florida. This information will help determine the capacity limit for the total number of hunters that the property will support. It is generally suggested at most one hunter per 100 acres.  An evaluation of the property will also help determine the type of game that is available to potential hunters.

4. Contract Terms

Hunting contracts are commonly used between landowners and hunters for Florida hunting leases. These written agreements grant the hunter the right to hunt the property for a specified timeframe.

The contract should specify in detail the purpose of the agreement, the amount due to the landowner, transferability, as well as any terms and conditions. To ensure that you are adequately protected, it is imperative for the document to clearly state the terms of the hunting lease agreement.

5. Liability Insurance

It is the responsibility of the landowner to provide a reasonably safe hunting environment.

If an incident were to occur on the property, the landowner would be legally liable for any claims. For this reason, Florida landowners should consider hunting lease liability insurance when looking into hunting leases. However, hunting lease liability coverage is a very specific insurance product that only a few companies offer.

6. Hire a Hunting Lease Expert

At Saunders Ralston Dantzler, we pride ourselves on being your trusted partners in Florida hunting leases and land management.

Whether you're a landowner looking to optimize your property or a passionate hunter searching for the ideal hunting grounds, our team of experienced hunting lease experts and dedicated land managers is here to assist you through the process.

Take advantage of your hunting potential today. Contact Saunders Ralston Dantzler's team of dedicated professionals to discuss your options with hunting leases in Florida.

Jeff Bewsher
As a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Jeff is a seasoned hunting lease and wildlife management expert. With decades of experience in big game management and consulting, Jeff provides great value to his clients in navigating hunting and recreational land investments. As the Legacy Wildlife Servic...