VA landowners, charge individual hunters, clubs or associations a fee to hunt game on your land with this Virginia Hunting Lease Agreement.
- Hunters must abide by all local, state and federal laws with respect to hunting and environmental issues, and must report any violations.
- Hunters agree to take proper care of the land, and not cut live trees, bring pets onto the land, leave trash behind or pollute the area.
- Hunters must observe all safety measures regarding fire and other dangers.
- Hunters are responsible for all damage to land, buildings, crops and stock.
- All hunters who use the land agree to indemnify the landowner against all claims and actions for loss, damage, injury or death.
This Virginia Hunting Lease Agreement template is provided in MS Word format, and can be easily customized to fit your circumstances.
HUNTING LEASE AGREEMENT (VIRGINIA) THIS HUNTING LEASE AGREEMENT (the “Lease”) made effective as of the _____ day of ______________, _______. BETWEEN: [NAME OF LANDOWNER] [address] (the “Lessor”) - and - Those individuals and/or organizations listed on Schedule A to this Lease, which is made a part hereof by reference thereto (the “Lessee” or “Lessees”) Lessor does hereby grant to Lessee, for the sum of $###.##, the right to hunt and shoot subject to the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth and only at such times as hunting and shooting are permitted by the laws and regulations of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia in force and effect, on the tract or tracts of land described as follows: [description of the land, including road number, deed number, number of acres, etc] Terms and Conditions: 1. The term of this Lease is for a period of ______ year(s), commencing the _____ day of ______________, _______ and terminating on the _____ day of ______________, _______. 2. The consideration of $####.## shall be paid [provide the details, e.g. in cash, one-half of the total to be paid on or before [date by which deposit to be paid] and the balance to be paid on or before [date by which balance must be paid]. Failure to pay the second installment shall forthwith terminate and cancel this Lease and the amount already paid shall be forfeited as liquidated damages for the breach of this Lease. 3. The Lessee will conform strictly with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing hunting and shooting, and the Lessee will report all violations of laws and regulations and will assist law enforcement officers. If the hunting season begins after the date this Lease commences, or ends prior to the termination of this Lease, the term of the Lease will be reduced to conform with applicable regulations. 4. If any Lessee is an organization composed of several members, the word “Lessee” shall apply to the organization and to any or all of its members, and the terms and conditions of this Lease shall apply to each and every member. The terms and conditions of this Lease shall also apply to any and all guests of the organization and its members. All members of such organization shall be required to carry a current valid membership card while on the premises, and all guests of the members will be issued a visitor’s card signed by the organization’s president, granting permission to hunt and shoot, on which card the guest will indemnify the Lessor in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 11 hereof. Violation of any agreement or obligation of this Lease -2- by any Lessee shall result in the termination of the Lease, and all rights granted hereunder forfeited. 5. The rights granted under this Lease are restricted solely to the right to hunt and shoot. The right to hunt and shoot is subject to any rights that the Lessor may care to exercise over the premises. Agricultural and forest management activities will take precedence over hunting activities. The rights granted to the Lessee hereunder are further subject to the rights of any oil, gas and mineral leases presently in existence on the premises or that may be executed during the term of this Lease. The parties agree to cooperate so that the respective activities of one will not unduly interfere with the other. 6. The Lessees shall not, and shall ensure that their guests and invitees do not climb upon, hunt from or otherwise use any permanent structure located upon the premises leased hereunder. Hunting and shooting are prohibited within 200 yards of any occupied dwelling or within any designated safety zone. 7. The Lessee shall post the boundaries of the leased premises with durable signs that clearly indicate the name and address of the Lessee. 8. The Lessee and each of them shall exercise due care to prevent forest fires, and shall extinguish any fires on the leased premises, without cost to the Lessor, if the fire occurs when the Lessee or any of them are using the premises. The Lessee shall promptly report to Lessor and the appropriate State authorities all fires that may take place on the leased premises or in the vicinity thereof. 9. The Lessee shall not, and shall not allow any guest or invitee to, cut or otherwise destroy any living tree located on the leased premises without permission of Lessor, but shall be permitted to use dead wood located on the premises. 10. Each Lessee hereby jointly and severally covenants and agrees to permit no material waste on the premises, to remove all material refuse and litter they or their guests or invitees deposit thereon, and in particular, each Lessee covenants and agrees not to throw beverage containers on the leased premises. Trash receptacles may be placed at the designated campsite area(s) and emptied by the Lessees at the county landfill or in county-serviced dump boxes. 11. Lessor assumes no responsibility for the safety of the Lessees or any of them, their guests and invitees in the exercise of the rights granted by this Lease. Lessor shall not be liable for any injury or death incurred by any of the Lessees, their guests or invitees either while on the leased premises or while making use of right-of-way to or from the leased premises, or while making use of any transportation facilities which may be provided to, from or over the leased premises. Each of the Lessees will indemnify and hold harmless the Lessor from and against any claim, loss, cost or damage whatsoever (including attorneys’ fees) caused by or arising from the operations of the
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