Phonejack has a sweet deal, ~$3.40 per acre.
In Alabama, hunting leases go for $8-15 per acre, depending on location and mix of woods and fields.
If you are looking at an existing club, consider member saturation; about 100 acres per member is right for heavily wooded land with members who actually come to hunt; as the woods density goes down, the acres per member needs to go up. If the land is 60% woods/40% fields, you might need 150 acres per member, unless crops are grown on the property that attract what you are hunting. I say "members who actually hunt"; some folks come to get away, some folks come only for deer or only for turkey. Our club has some members who have better places to hunt on the weekends.
Started one with some friends. Researched available leases on the internet and found paper company land, reasonably priced. It was close to home so we did not need a camp or other infrastructure.
If you join an established club, ask about the "rules", but also ask a newer member about the unspoken rules. There may be an unspoken set of rules that favors senior members. I was in one of those for a short time.
Land maybe leased from large corporations, like paper companies interested in growing trees, or from private landowners with no interest in hunting.
Paper companies reserve the right to cut trees at any time. Last "any time" for us was during deer season.
Private indiviuals have less strict rules, but you are subject to cancellation easier, like when the owner's nephew takes up hunting, or the owner dies and the heirs start squabbling.
Our group learned that who you hunt with has greater weight than where we hunt.
We all play well together and can find different land if we need to.
Last edited by PowPow; August 31st, 2012 at 03:52 AM.