Practical Considerations for Hunting Leases


Leasing property to individuals interested in recreational uses such as hunting has proven to be an attractive option at generating additional revenue for landowners across the country. However, these leases are different from your typical farm lease.  As a result, additional factors need to be considered and addressed before entering into the rental agreement. This webinar will focus on practical issues to consider and address while drafting hunting leases. Price is typically a major component of every lease agreement that is easily dealt with, but other issues such as the number of hunters allowed, the purchasing of liability insurance, restrictions on certain hunting practices, the use of ATVs and a host of other concerns are not common issues in most lease agreements. It is critical that both the landlord and the tenant recognize these issues on the front end and to address as many as possible in the lease agreement to ward off potential legal problems during the course of the lease.


This webinar was recorded on July 17, 2019.  To listen to a recording of the webinar, please click here.


Rusty Rumley is a Senior Staff Attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center.  He was born and raised on a family farm in Cogar, Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in AgriBusiness and earned his juris doctor from the University of Oklahoma. After law school, Rusty earned his LL.M in Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas.  He is licensed to practice law in the states of Oklahoma and Michigan.  Rusty has published law review articles discussing the future application of special use valuation for inherited farmland, “right to farm” statutes, and the enforcement of animal cruelty statutes by private organizations. He has also written on landowner liability, agritourism, food labeling, local food production, business organizations, crop insurance, estate planning, leasing, and other land use topics in his work at the Center. Further, Rusty presents around the country to producer, consumer, extension, industry and legal groups on an array of topics. His primary areas of interest are in estate planning, taxation, business organizations, landowner liability, leasing and agritourism.

Research & Materials:

Hunting lease factsheet

Hunting lease example