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Old 03-02-2021, 08:31 AM   #1
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So I was a little curious what other guys are paying for their deer leases in the Hill Country area. Our owner was thinking about raising price and was going to look at the market. So I figured I would ask all of y’all.
Description of ours
2,400 hunt able acres (seasonal lease, we can go during off season 3 times but no hunting)
Nice house with water (included in price)
Axis, deer, few hogs. (He does helicopter hunts during summer to help with hog population) been on for 5 years and shot 4 axis this year. We do not kill them every year
Average 130s on trophies
This is a big deal for on this one, the owner is the nicest and one of the most respectful guys, couldn’t ask for a better owner
10 hunters - 3,250
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:34 AM   #2
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That’s a good price
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:46 AM   #3
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That's a steal compared to what he could get. I like your # of hunters per acre!

He could prob add 5 more hunters and get $3500 per hunter if he wanted.

Just my opinion from what I've seen on here. Some folks pay crazy $$$ if exotics are available.
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:51 AM   #4
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not to bad in my opinion
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:54 AM   #5
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Not being able To use It year round I think your paying to much
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:54 AM   #6
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My Lease is in Ozona. 16 Members on 6,500 Acres. $1,500 + $500 for feed/Supplies per member. No Exotics . 1 Trophy, 1 Cull, 2 Doe, and 2 Turkeys allowed. Guest can come but must hunt off members allotment. Unlimited year round access
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:55 AM   #7
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Sounds like a solid deal even if there is a price bump.

You will probably see how good of a deal by the number of PM's you get saying "if there is a opening let me know"
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Old 03-02-2021, 09:00 AM   #8
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He can get more if he wants.
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Old 03-02-2021, 09:03 AM   #9
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East Tx 5k + protein.
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Old 03-02-2021, 10:19 AM   #10
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You’re doing alright with that deal, agree would be better if it was year round hunting.
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Old 03-02-2021, 10:36 AM   #11
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We have 3200 Acres, 10 hunters, cabin, year around access, NO exotics and pay $3K per gun.
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Old 03-02-2021, 10:57 AM   #12
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Not being able To use It year round I think your paying to much
This. And having hunted in that area for about 8 years with a similar setup but we had year round access but had to call before we were going, I'd be willing to bet that he might be "day leasing/sub leasing" it during the off season for exotics.
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Old 03-02-2021, 11:09 AM   #13
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That is a pretty good deal
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Old 03-02-2021, 11:13 AM   #14
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My lease in Kendall County is 1300+ acres
8 hunters
Electric, water, propane included
Has a decent bunkhouse but also has water and electric hookups for your RV
Also has an old ranch line shack that has been fixed up with a nice kitchen, restroom/shower area and a “living room” area with satellite tv (we pay for) and a big stone fireplace

Some axis and blackbuck with typical or slightly better than typical whitetail (way overloaded on WT)
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Hunting during season only but have unlimited access year round

Cost is $2550 per
Divided in 3 payments
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Old 03-02-2021, 11:14 AM   #15
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Is there any bird hunting or fishing to do on the 2400 acres? What about predator hunting? Sounds like a fairly decent deal, maybe a little high due to it being seasonal but not bad overall. The fact that you can kill axis is a huge plus... but if you had the chance to hunt them (and hogs) year around that’d be ideal.
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Old 03-02-2021, 11:31 AM   #16
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240 acres per hunter with a nice house and an occasional axis.........that is a good price.
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Old 03-02-2021, 11:38 AM   #17
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Not being able To use It year round I think your paying to much
Same for me, but when it comes to leasing, it costs what it costs. And somebody will pay it.
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Old 03-02-2021, 12:10 PM   #18
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Bird in hand. Change and you run risk of a horrible land owner.
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Old 03-02-2021, 12:15 PM   #19
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Wouldn't be surprised with a $500 bump per hunter. Not having year round access does take away from it abit.
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Old 03-02-2021, 12:27 PM   #20
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Would cost you more than 3,200 to kill a 30in axis and 130in wt. if it went up to 4K people would still pay it. We pay 2,800 total for 250 acres in San Saba county
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Old 03-02-2021, 12:31 PM   #21
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for what you are getting and not year round access i think you are overpaying. if you had year round access it would be more justified. but I still wouldn't pay that for 130" lease.
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Old 03-02-2021, 02:10 PM   #22
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Here’s the real answer, I’d pay $4,000 for what you have. Some may not, but I bet there’s at least 9 more that would. He could fill it in a heart beat.
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Old 03-02-2021, 02:16 PM   #23
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Here’s the real answer, I’d pay $4,000 for what you have. Some may not, but I bet there’s at least 9 more that would. He could fill it in a heart beat.
This is true, and I bet it wouldn't take long to find 9 more. Leases are extremely hard to find. The one I am on is by no means ideal, but it was available and my wife loves the hill country. Happy wife happy life.

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Old 03-02-2021, 02:24 PM   #24
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Not bad if the landowner is good. I paid 3200 plus corn and protein for our lease where we shot 130" trophies with the occasional 150". Got trophy, cull/mgmt, and 2 does each. no exotics.
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Old 03-02-2021, 02:49 PM   #25
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That's $13.54 per acre. Not bad, even for a season only lease. Not a screaming bargain, but he could get more. I wouldn't pay a huge amount more without year round access and more axis. But $15/acre or so for what you stated would be reasonable to me.
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Old 03-02-2021, 03:10 PM   #26
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That’s a fair price truthfully if he went to $4500 someone would pay it though
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Old 03-02-2021, 03:15 PM   #27
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Sounds like yall are getting a fair deal. It would be a great deal if you had year round access.

Edit: But I will say that the landowner will find someone willing to pay more. The question is when and how long will they stay on. Hopefully he has a comfort factor with you guys since you been there for 5 years and hopefully he knows yall will be on it for quite some time. There should be a value associated with both of those things that are in your favor.

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Old 03-02-2021, 03:18 PM   #28
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No axis in offseason? That sucsk
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Old 03-02-2021, 03:45 PM   #29
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Not worth $13.50 an acre IMO

I'm in Val Verde and everything around us was $8 or less per acre with water, electric, and exotics before the Anthrax.

Having a good landowner and already being set up is a huge plus
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Old 03-02-2021, 03:55 PM   #30
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Mine are a little different in price per acre, even the ones on same ranch:
#1. $2100/ Hunter, 2500 acres, 4 hunters total. Can pay $1500 kill fee for axis or aoudad, includes turkeys.

#2. $2100/ Hunter, 3500 acres, 5 hunters total. Same rules as above, as it is just a separate pasture on same ranch.

#3. $3300 / Hunter, 6500 acres, 16 hunters total. Exotics, whitetail, turkeys, etc.

Year round access to all places.
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Old 03-02-2021, 04:10 PM   #31
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Junction is a very nice rugged area. Costs just keep going up on leases and you have to pay, if you want to stay on good properties. Try using this time to renegotiate the terms of your lease. Perhaps lock in the lease price for 5 years and ask for a few weekends of Axis hunting outside of the whitetail season. $4,500 per gun would be acceptable, where as $3,250 is a heck of a deal.
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Old 03-02-2021, 04:26 PM   #32
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As a point of reference, I put my 65ish acre place up for lease (one gun) about a month ago when my current lessee decided to buy his own land. I do have permanent water and it's year-round. Surrounded by bigger places with a lot of animals. I listed it at $4K and my email got blown up. I had a dozen "I'll take it" within the first 1/2 day. I took it back down as I'm not sure I want to lease again and may sell the property so please don't PM me, lol.

There are a lot more hunters chasing the places within an hour of a major city than there is supply. I think the above is a great deal, personally.
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Old 03-02-2021, 04:34 PM   #33
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That’s a fair price truthfully if he went to $4500 someone would pay it though
My guess as well..
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Old 03-02-2021, 04:43 PM   #34
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I know of a landowner in Mason County that was getting $40 per acre for I believe 1000 acres a couple years ago, don't imagine its gone down any. Modest old house included in lease and there was also a 5-10 acre lake you could fish on.

10 hunters, 4k per hunter.
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:14 PM   #35
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That's way high. PM me his number.
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:43 PM   #36
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4 hunters, 350 acres, $2500 per gun (plus feed). Kimble County with no exotics.
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Old 03-02-2021, 10:01 PM   #37
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4 hunters, 350 acres, $2500 per gun (plus feed). Kimble County with no exotics.
This is too many hunters for the acres in my opinion, as I don't think it can sustain 4 mature bucks being killed every year with the hunting pressure around. So I am basically looking at it like $3,333 per gun for 3 hunters.
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Old 03-02-2021, 10:25 PM   #38
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Depends on what you want. I pay 370 a year on a place I've been going to since 1985. Not any trophies but we have a good time and kill a couple of mature bucks. 700 acres
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Old 03-03-2021, 04:43 AM   #39
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“Nice house” makes it a great deal.

I will say this.... having axis deer and not being able to hunt them in the “off season” would be tough. I would be pulling out the checkbook and trying to negotiate a deal, assuming there are decent axis on the place.
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