Hunting & Recreation

Hunting & Recreation


Here are answers to some questions you may have about RMS. If you don't see your question answered here, contact us.

1. Most hunting agreements are called leases. Why does RMS use the term License?

In a legal sense, a license is usually considered a privilege conveying permission to enter land or perform some act on the land of another.

2. What is the process for licensing a tract of land?

3. Are we able to post the property we license from RMS?


4. What type of deer stands can we use on the property?

With regard to deer stands, safety is the #1 consideration. The RMS License Agreement and Good Neighbor Policy do not permit stands to be erected within 50 yards of the property line, a hunt club boundary, or a public road (distance from road may be farther depending on state regulations). Stands can not be nailed to trees. They may be fastened with non-metallic fastening devices, or with chains and binders if loosened periodically to prevent them from growing into the tree. Freestanding deer stands are also permitted.

5. Can we put up a gate on the road leading into the property?

Yes, with permission from the RMS forester responsible for the property, and if done in a manner in keeping with RMS specifications.

6. Can we plant food plots?

Yes, with permission from the RMS forester responsible for the property, and if the club is willing to keep the plots maintained from year to year.

7. Is the license renewable?

Yes, unless notified in writing prior to the expiration of the term, or unless the agreement is terminated with cause, the license agreement automatically renews.

8. Can we have a campsite?

With water? With electricity? In most cases, the answer to all three questions is yes, with approval of the RMS forester responsible for the property. Electric lines must be buried underground, for obvious reasons associated with the harvesting of trees.

9. Can we use our ATV on the property?

Yes, in accordance with the terms of the license agreement. ATVs are to be used on designated roads, for the purposes of hunting or patrolling the property. They are not permitted to be ridden in streams, or in a manner that leads to erosion.

10. Who do we contact when we have questions about our hunting license?

At the time the license is issued, or a renewal made, you will be notified who the local contact for your area is, and given their contact information.

11. How do you determine the price of a hunting license?

Typically we try to establish a price in keeping with the local market value for access to hunting lands. A number of other factors may be considered, including type property, assess to the tract, amenities in place on the property, habitat quality, and diversity of game species that can be hunted.

12. Is it possible that RMS could sell a piece of property that I have under license?

Yes that is possible. If this happens, the club will be reimbursed a portion of its license fees as per the schedule in the RMS Hunting License.

13. If I am willing to be considered for a license anywhere, what do I do?

Fill out an application form (available on the RMS web site) for the state(s) in which you have an interest.

14. I really don't want to start or run a hunting club, but would like to be considered for membership in a club that is already established. What do I do?

Fill out an application form (available on the RMS web site) for the state(s) in which you have an interest, and clearly state on the form you are interested in membership in an existing club.

15. Why does RMS license land for hunting?

RMS licenses the lands we manage for hunting for a number of reasons. First, in the southern US, hunting clubs are a traditional method of hunting that is also very compatible with forest management. By developing a relationship with a group of hunters on a specific area, the care of the property improves, as does the opportunity to manage the wildlife found on those lands. And the revenue from hunting licenses helps defray some of the costs of land ownership.

16. Is subleasing permitted?

NO, subleasing is not permitted, and is considered a serious breach of the RMS Hunting License Agreement

17. Is there a preference shown for who licenses a particular tract?

Typically, when a property comes available, the adjoining landowner or hunting club will be contacted to see if they have an interest. After that, our foresters will consult the waiting list, trying to match up the best qualified group with the type property that is available. Any group with a known history of wildlife violations or demonstrated lack of ability to get along with our neighbors will not be considered.

18. Can a person or a hunting club apply for more than one available tract?