MERIWETHER LOUISIANA LAND & TIMBER LLC
HUNTING AND FISHING LEASE GUIDELINES
1. Hunting Lease Fees
Earnest Money Application Fee:
Upon acceptance for a hunting lease, Meriwether requires a one-time $50.00 application fee by all new
applicants. This money will be applied toward the first year’s lease rental upon completion of the hunting
lease process. This money shall be forfeited if the applicant does not complete the lease process.
Reimburse Meriwether for administrative handling of the lease agreement. The administration fee will be
assessed at the initiation of each new lease. The administration fee will be $25.00 per lease, which will be in
addition to the annual cash rental and insurance maintenance fee.
Remit payment to Meriwether as annual rental payment of $3.25 per acre of land leased. This amount is due
and payable by May 1 of each year.
Remit payment to Meriwether for maintenance of a comprehensive general liability insurance policy on a per-
acre basis. This policy will protect the Lessee, Meriwether, and owners of leased properties managed by
Meriwether. Payment for insurance coverage will be in addition to the annual cash rental paid by the
Lessee. The initial cost of this coverage is $0.168 per acre.
Remit payment of $10.00 to Meriwether for the preparation of each Amendment to a Hunting & Fishing
Lease that is requested by Lessee.
Delinquent fees will be assessed for all late payments per the schedule shown in the lease agreement.
Since local support is a major goal of our leasing program, membership in a club should first be drawn from
the vicinity in which the lease is located. Members may be selected from other areas if there are not enough
interested local people to fill the membership.
The goal is one member per 100 acres of leased area.
Lessee is to provide updated membership list annually with payment.
Lessee will not retain as members any person who violates the terms of the lease or who displays a
disregard for the safety and welfare of others or to the leased premises.
3. Bylaws (Clubs Only)
A sample copy of club bylaws is attached to these guidelines. These sample bylaws are merely suggested
and may be altered or amended by the club. Meriwether does not assume any control or direction over
clubs or their administration. Bylaws assist in compliance with all game laws, protection of the leased
premises, and facilitate the administration of leases on Meriwether owned or controlled lands.
4. Physical Improvements
As set out in the lease, construction, maintenance, and/or installation of any food plots, firebreaks, gates,
gaps, docks, piers, landings or any other permanent or temporary structures must be approved in advance
by Meriwether’s local representative. These structures will be constructed and installed at Lessee’s own
cost and must adhere to specifications, limitations or restrictions imposed by Meriwether and maintained in a
good condition of repair, cleanliness and safety. Lessees may be required to construct gates at locations
designated by Meriwether’s local representative. Any fences or gates constructed by Lessee become the
property of Meriwether at lease termination or expiration.
All structures and temporary housing, including but not limited to trailers, camp shelters, tents, etc., must be
removed from the leased premises by May 31 of each year. Camping is allowed only in those areas
designated by Meriwether’s local representative. Designated campsites are not to be occupied by the
Lessee prior to September 1. Failure to comply may result in lease cancellation.
Locks may be installed by the Lessee if approved by Meriwether’s local representative. A Company lock
must be installed at the same time to allow ingress and egress by Company personnel and its invitees.
Company personnel, as well as law enforcement officials and fire suppression crews, have the right to
forcibly enter Company owned or controlled lands that do not have Company locks installed. Lessee shall
not restrict access to interior lands owned or leased by others.
All deer stands shall be portable. No metal objects will be driven or screwed into trees to access or affix
stands to trees on the leased premises. Failure to comply may result in lease cancellation. No deer stands
will be erected within 100 feet of lease unit boundaries, within the backslopes of road ditches, or in any
location that may create a danger to public safety.
Lessees shall post the leased premises in accordance with the laws of the State of Louisiana and the
applicable Parish. Lessees may erect and display signs on all gates, identifying the club that has leased the
property, and may display similar signs along the perimeter of the leased premises, provided:
A. That such signs are approved by Meriwether’s local representative.
B. Signs are not nailed, bolted or screwed to live standing timber. Staples (not longer than 5/8”) may be
used to attach signs to live standing timber.
C. Lessees shall not paint lease boundaries.
5. Responsibilities of the Lessee
All club members collectively and individually are, by the acceptance of the lease and entering upon the
leased premises, obligated to:
A. Use every precaution to protect wildlife, timber, trees, forest products, and Company property from
poaching, theft, fire or other damage. Special attention shall be given to protecting water bars and other
erosion control structures.
B. Minimize the use of Company roads during non-hunting season and to prohibit their abuse at all times.
C. Assume responsibility and to pay for any trees, timber or other forest products, that are cut, used,
damaged, burned and/or removed from the leased premises by the Lessee. Digging for artifacts and
others items is prohibited.
D. Comply and require compliance by each and all of its members, and all persons to whom hunting
privileges shall be extended, with all laws, rules and regulations now existing or hereafter enacted by any
parish, state or federal authority including, but not limited to, hunting, fishing and game laws.
E. Report any instances of law violations, violations of Company guidelines as set out herein, road
problems, theft, damage, poaching and fire on said lands and to assist and exercise every effort in
putting out any fire that may occur on the leased premises.
F. Be bound by all of the terms and conditions set forth in the lease and in these Hunting and Fishing Lease
Guidelines, and to obey and abide by all of the rules and regulations herein and which may be contained
in the charter and bylaws of the club.
G. Occasionally, Meriwether will distribute to lessees a list of persons who are banned from Meriwether’s
lands because they have plead guilty to or been convicted of crimes. Lessees will not allow banned
persons on leased Meriwether lands as club members or as guests.
H. Not discharge firearms from or across Company roads or into the property of another.
I. Help ensure that no trash is disposed of on Company owned or leased land. All trash generated by
lessee’s activities must be removed from the lease. The burning of trash on the leased premises is
6. Responsibilities of Meriwether Louisiana Land & Timber, L.L.C.
A. Lease Term
Meriwether Louisiana Land & Timber LLC’s Hunting and Fishing Leases are for a term of three (3)
years. Notification of payment due is provided through annual invoicing prior to due date. While the
Company is under no obligation to renew any leases, Lessees, which are in full compliance with all lease
provisions, will be given preference for renewal.
B. Company Activities
At any time of the year, it may become necessary for the Company to conduct activities including, and
not limited to, logging, controlled burning and site prep anywhere on the leased premises. Meriwether
will not be responsible for damages to temporary structures or improvements due to these activities.
C. Company Roads
Company roads will be maintained as time and opportunity permit. Roads may remain impassable for
long periods of time without repair due to frequent Company activities.
D. Access to Lease
At no time and under no circumstances will Meriwether employees or others with Company authorization
be denied access to the lease while on Company business. Law enforcement officials and fire
suppression crews shall have ingress and egress rights at all times.
7. Conditions for Cancellation of Lease
The breach of any of the terms and conditions of the lease or as set out herein including, but not limited to,
A. In the event that any fire shall be willfully or negligently started or allowed to escape on the lease by the
B. Violation of any laws, rules or regulations established by parish, state or federal agencies regarding the
hunting and taking of game.
C. Failure of Lessee to have all temporary structures removed from designated campsites by May 31,
occupying designated campsites prior to September 1, or camping in unauthorized areas.
D. Failure of Lessee to enforce restrictions regarding use of Company roads.
E. Failure of Lessee to make timely rental payment and provide current list of members and officers.
F. Drunkenness, carelessness with guns, trespassing on adjoining landowners, and/or the committing of
acts that strain relations with adjoining landowners.
G. Failure of Lessee to cooperate with Meriwether personnel in the administration of the lease agreement.
H. The release or promotion of livestock or the release of pen-raised game species on leased lands (to
prevent the introduction of disease to native populations).
8. Effective Date
These Hunting and Fishing Lease Guidelines are effective as of November 1, 2005, and will remain in effect
until altered, changed, amended or rescinded, in writing, by the Company.