Thanks for your question.
I was able to check hunting lease prices at a variety of sources, and
in a number of states, including Montana.
There actually appear to be very few leases available that are
specific ONLY to waterfowl. Most leases are for multiple game,
including combinations of deer, turkey, quail, varmits and fishing, as
well as ducks, geese, etc.
However, there were a few leases that were waterfowl-only, or heavily
focused on waterfowl, and their pricing was not noticably different
from other hunting leases.
Bottom line: the asking price for hunting leases generally ranges
from $5-$15 per acre for an annual lease. Here are some typical lease
prices and acreage:
acre Acres Price
$7.87 591 $4,652
$9.28 177 $1,642
$2.61 640 $1,670
$12.84 150 $1,926
$17.84 120 $2,141
$9.38 240 $2,251
$11.91 320 $3,810
$6.54 191 $1,250
$4.32 641 $2,770
$3.64 3760 $13,690
$19.00 80 $1,520
$8.47 250 $2,117
$6.10 395 $2,410
$6.51 160 $1,041
$10.72 125 $1,340
$11.65 146 $1,701
This is not to say that all leases fall within the above range.
The cheapest lease, on a per-acre basis, was only 88 cents per acre,
but since it was a large (20,000 acre) tract, the actual lease price
was fairly high-end, at almost $18,000.
Some other high-end leases had much smaller acreage, but offered
considerable amenities, including heated blinds, use of a lodge on the
property, tours from the owner, access to horses, and so on. Like any
commodity, there's your fast food option and your haute cuisine
option, with an associated wide range of prices. For instance, here's
a partial description of one high-end hunting lease property:
...INCREDIBLE HUNTING PROPERTY!!! 630 total acres...This parcel is in
a goose reserve area (geese cannot be hunted here, but ducks can be
taken). The 3 bedroom, 1 bath hunting lodge, complete with modern
kitchen and great room is located on this parcel. This is located
directly adjacent to a 15 acre series of ponds stocked with bass,
bluegill, perch and crappie. These properties with the hunting lodge
are very well suitable for a corporate retreat/hunting camp. Both
properties have hunting blinds and food plots planted by the
landowner. The waterfowl hunting is excellent on these properties,
along with deer, turkey, quail and some pheasant. This lease will also
provide year round entertainment, with camping and hiking...$1 million
hunting liability insurance included in lease price. Outfitters must
provide their own additional insurance. Properties with these kinds of
amenities do not come on the market everyday...
With these prices as guides, you should be able to get a reasonable
sense of the fair price for an annual hunting lease in Montana. Of
course, the actual conditions on the property itself will be a major
factor in what the market will bear in terms of a final price.
I trust this information fully meets your needs. However, if there's
anything else I can do for you, just let me know by posting a Request
for Clarification, and I'm at your service.
search strategy: Google search on [ hunting leases ] led to numerous
sites with pricing information, including: