Deer Hunting in Louisiana
Hunting lease going up and up. I've noticed that many of the timber companies are going up significantly on prices on their leases. Most of my friends and myself included lease from paper companies and have had substantial price increases. Most of these lands are of lower quality almost purely pine yet my friends leasing agent told him get ready as were going to raise your price till your at $20 an acre. This is absurd for pine tree land with marginal hunting and my friend told the guy I hope you enjoy hunting a lot of pine trees as everyone he knows will bail out. Some other friends and family had a large lease for over 25 years and just walked away from it this week as the timber company just pushed till they couldn't handle it any more raising lease prices every year and destroying food plots after being planted, impossible to keep members like this. My timber company has raised prices but not as bas as some others but when u think about it it's pretty bad. We lease around 300 acres from them yet there is only 2 acres total on all 300 that are clear or huntable, the rest is planted pine which you can't impede. Many of my friends are at the point if they raise again they will just go on a couple out of state payhunts a year. With the economy struggling you think they would be sympathetic towards hunters. I don't see most peoples income increasing in these times yet everything else is increasing dramatically. Please give me your take on your hunting lease cost and overall thoughts on your members. I feel hunting leases are like the real estate bubble, I think if they push the prices much harder the whole bubble will eventually bust. We're talking about the same companies that were happy to have us to put up gates and be good stewards of their land to keep lands from being vandalized and destroyed yet many have no respect for you when they cut and now they're trying to see how hard they can squeeze everyone for every dollar. Please give input as to the state of your lease and your opinion of whats going on.