What is the most important thing in a marriage relationship? Everyone knows it is communication. It turns out that communication is equally important in every kind of relationship. That means it’s important to the relationship between hunters and landowners. In fact, communication can make or break a hunting land lease.
A hunting land lease is an agreement between property owners and individual hunters, groups of hunters, or established hunting clubs. The lease stipulates the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved. But still, a lease is an inanimate object that exists in either paper or digital form. It cannot accomplish anything tangible in and of itself. For a hunting land lease to be effective, all involved parties must cooperatively meet their obligations. According to the American Hunting Lease Association, communication is at the heart of it all.
Communication with Landowners
Assuming you are one of the hunters entering into a hunting land lease, your top priority for communication is the landowner. You will be talking about things like hunting insurance and property boundaries during the initial stages of lease negotiation. There will be time to ask questions and raise concerns. Take advantage of those opportunities.
Even after a lease is signed and hunting begins, communication with landowners is still critical. Hunters have to be willing to ask questions and raise concerns about anything they do not understand. They need to be willing to freely speak with landowners should there be any questions or concerns about their activities. In short, communication needs to be ongoing and it needs to be completely transparent.
Communication Among Hunters
The activities of hunters are restricted by the provisions of the hunting land lease. For example, a lease may stipulate that only a certain number of hunters are allowed on the land on any given day. It is up to hunters to communicate among themselves so as not to exceed this limit.
When hunters covered under the lease invite guests to join them, communication with those guests is equally critical. In fact, it may be even more important. Guests do not necessarily know or understand how their activities are restricted by the lease agreement. They need to know exactly what is expected of them so that the rules are not violated.
Hunting clubs need to be particularly careful about their communication. Whether there are restrictions as part of hunt club liability insurance coverage or the land lease signed by club leaders, members need to be aware of those restrictions at all times. They also need to be able to speak freely with club leaders about their own questions and concerns.
Communication with Neighbors
Regular communication with neighbors is something that you may not have thought about in the past. Still, it is necessary if hunters hope to make the best use of their land lease without causing trouble. Hunters should commit to being good neighbors by respecting property boundaries and observing the needs and desires of those with land adjacent to the hunting grounds.
It’s a good idea to speak with neighbors to find out where they stand on use of the land for hunting. They should find out if neighbors have kids or pets. They should inquire as to whether the noise of firing guns bothers them. They should communicate about their plans for using the property during the term of the lease.
The more open and transparent communication is, the better off all parties to a hunting land lease will be. Open communications keep everything up front and above board, reducing the likelihood of future misunderstandings and broken rules.