Texas Lease Hunting

Lease hunting in Texas is a pasttime thousands of hunters look forward to each year. Starting in September with opening dove season, the long wait is finally over. It's all about camaraderie with hunting buddies and the thrill of the big buck out your blind window. It's also about a productive, responsible and enjoyable hunting tradition that will last long after we've pulled a trigger for the last time. Enjoy the Texas lease hunting experience as a steward of the land and as a protector for the next generation of hunters.

From the Hill Country to the Brush Country of South Texas. the enjoyment of hunting in the Lone Star State is not an activity available to only the priveleged few. We firmly believe that hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational activities contribute to the well-being of adults and children alike. Hunt Texas and enjoy Texas.

Hunting Lease Land Management

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The importance of hunting lease land management is crucial for having a range that is conducive not only to herd development, but also to hunting and wildlife visibility. The practice of land management and range improvement on a hunting lease is beneficial for the overall habitat that provides for beneficial forage availability needed by wildlife and deer herds.

Brush and Land Clearing

It's obvious that overgrowth on a hunting lease hampers a hunters ability to see the wildlife he or she is hunting. Without routine clearing and maintenance, brush growth can spiral out of control and lead to much more costly solutions if severe overgrowth continues. Cutting a new sendero is a much more involved process than maintaining an existing sendero. Maintaining a sendero ensures deer and game visibility is at an optimal level. Aside from the visibility factor of maintaining a sendero, roller cutting or shredding encourages native plant regrowth that is much more palatable for deer and wildlife. More extensive land clearing includes the use of a bulldozer or large maintainer to open up areas of rangeland for hunting. Cutting a field of brush or low growth shrubs can result in regrowth of native plant life and range food. Young forage plants containing protein are more palatable and enjoyable to deer then are older more mature plants.

Agricultural Land Clearing

Oftentimes, an agricultural clearing is desirable for planting crops or browse as a supplemental feed source. Clearing these land areas can be quite burdensome depending on the area to be cleared and can take time to prepare for planting. Food plots are a tremendously advantageous wildlife support mechanism that can be used as an increase in the food supply during the off-season as well as a deer attractant during deer hunting season. Crops can be rotated based on the time of year and can sometimes be planted in conjunction with one another. For instance, lablab can be planted with corn or Milo during the summer season just as winter wheat can be planted alongside Oates during the winter season. Most importantly food plots and agricultural plots must be cared for to ensure growth and protection from insects. Many experts support the use of food plots as a way to increase the deer carrying capacity of the land. Irrigated food plots will provide plenty of food and nutrition for deer during times of drought or times of stress. However, there are food plots that are not irrigated and are at the mercy of the weather. Food plots are generally not tremendous in size so that they are manageable as planting is often performed just in advance of an approaching storm or anticipated rain event. Therefore, it is highly advisable to clear land for agricultural food plots that are of a manageable size and can be planted on short notice.

Hunting Lease Road Maintenance

Managing the roads of a hunting lease can be a cumbersome task. This is especially true of leases were water runoff is prevalent and cattle are present. Cattle and hogs can be very destructive to hunting lease roads that are regularly traveled. The maintenance on these roads is easily performed with the use of and maintainer, small dozer or disc plow. Even small holes created by hogs can become much larger problems as they are traveled over and through during the hunting season. For this reason, roads should be maintained at a reasonable interval to avoid a road becoming undrivable. Filling in holes with a shovel can keep deep ruts from forming as they're driven over. There are times when no matter what you do makes a difference in the condition of a road and repairing it is often fruitless as the weather can come back and destroy what you fixed. Therefore, it's recommended to avoid spending too much time attempting road repairs in high erosion evident areas. Roads where hogs and cattle have traveled or rooted are generally repairable and can be smoothed out in a minimal amount of time. In summary, keeping your roads in good condition provides hunters access to all areas of the land and allows them to enjoy their hunting lease.

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