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 Rules


Rules of a hunting lease are often unwritten and are created by the members of the lease. These rules may be created in conjunction with the landowner or just between the members of the lease. They are meant more to ensure a level playing field and to enhance the enjoyment of the hunting experience. Rules set boundaries for all members of the hunting lease and function to head-off any animosity between lease parties.

Designating a Hunting "Lease Boss"

Many folks may not agree with this but the idea of having one lease member in charge of the lease can be a very productive move on the part of hunters. The "lease boss" goes by other names I'm sure but this is the one we're most familiar with. Ordinarily, the lease boss is the person who has been on the hunting lease the longest. This person is more familiar with the landowner and can function as the liaison between the hunting lease party and the landowner. The lease boss is often the point of contact for the landowner and somebody the landowner feels comfortable talking to. How you decide to structure this relationship and position is entirely up to you. But nonetheless, it's important to have a designated person that takes on some additional responsibility to administer the provisions of the hunting lease, coordinate activities and oversee the operation of and for the hunting lease members.

Rules and the Hunting Lease Contract

Because all requirements for a hunting lease stem from the actual lease contract, the members of the lease party must act to govern themselves to comply with the provisions of the lease. There may be cases where the landowner (or agent) takes a much more involved position. In cases where the landowner is extremely involved in the management of the land and the deer herd, they will likely take an active role in the management of the lease. this is commonly the case where hunting leases are intensely managed by the landowner and aided by the involvement of a wildlife biologist. Some people aren't bothered by overly restrictive rules as long as the opportunity to shoot book class white tail deer exists. But the chances of finding a deer lease with book class deer, minimal rules and an uninvolved landowner are remote. Know that there is a trade-off for freedom on a lease where book class deer are present.

Creating the Hunting Lease Rules

Hunting lease rules are generally created due to mistakes made by one of the members of the lease. There are other times, however, that rules are brought about through the reading of the lease contract. rules can be major or minor in scope, depending what's agreed upon by the members of the hunting lease. For instance, a rule concerning the use of spotlights at night might be a minor rule whereas shooting on underage buck may constitute a major rule. There can sometimes be ramifications for breaking the rules but all in all, the purpose of the rules is to provide for an enjoyable hunting experience for all members of the lease.

it is recommended that all members of the lease review the written lease contract and base their rules upon the stipulations outlined in the hunting lease contract. As time goes on, many of the original hunting lease rules will be deleted or modified, depending on how positive or negative their effect is. Don't get carried away making too many rules for the lease or the members might be inclined to find another hunting lease the following year. Therefore make sure that all members on the lease are like-minded and share common goals for the herd, the land and most of all, the enjoyment of the lease hunting experience.