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I have been looking in Pa and in Hunterdon/Warren Co in NJ for a few years now and never see any clubs with openings or land for lease at a reasonable price. I did come across a club last year that just acquired a new piece that would be for "new" members only for 1yr, but they would not say how many people they were looking for and they already have 20 members on 400 acres. It was $850yr + $100 1 time fee. There is no clubhouse or lot for camper, no range, no skinning shack etc. This seems ridiculous to me!! Then I found 30 acres off Rt 57 that was up for lease and they told me no hunting! They want farming only. Bummer. How do you guys find your hunting lands? Do you get a group together and pool your $ then lease something?

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A lot of clubs are expensive and over crowded in my experience. I would say try looking for smaller parcels by asking family, friends, in-laws, co workers etc. That is probably your best bet. Don't overlook any of the county run hunts. Good luck!

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Like BHC said get way in where people can't or don't want to go. Hip boots may be advantageous and if you need them , you'll be dragging deer.

 

Like Matt said it's expensive.To afford it requires usually having more members than the property really should have on it .

 So get a bunch of guys who hunt different days and seasons and it may be do able.

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Like BHC said get way in where people can't or don't want to go. Hip boots may be advantageous and if you need them , you'll be dragging deer.

 

I've got a story about that :popcorn:

A friend and I went scouting a year or two ago. We knew of this place when we went fishing once, but he thought it would be a great spot because there was some swamps around. :praying: Well, it was in winter, so the swamp waters were mostly frozen. We're walking, and walking, climbing through this icy swamp, and I'm thinking, "If we get a deer, we're never getting it out of this mess." So we walk, and walk, ..... and walk :) I think it was a mile and a half walk deep into swamp. "There ain't nobody coming back here!" we're thinking. Well, we run into what looks like a huge bedding area - lots of matted down grass. There's sign all over. Anyway, we're thinking we hit jackpot... then I look over, there's a big mess of blood on the ground. I look up and.... you guessed it, a hang-on stand!!! :whatever:

 

I couldn't believe it! How far in we were, and how much swamp we had to walk through to get to this spot - and yet we STILL found someone hunting there with a tree stand! I have no idea how that guy got the deer out.

 

Moral of the story (at least down here in Gloucester or Camden County areas), if you think you went deep enough to get away from people, go deeper 

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That guy prob took an easier way in from somewhere :)

 

I've walked the "better" way in on public ground, 1-1.5 miles in to avoid certain bedding, travel, etc and someone will take the shortcut through all that and booger the spot up. Public is tough. Private is tough.

 

 

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Sometimes you may have to end up buying your own piece of dirt. I hunt both public and private and have for a long time. I have been going to my private pieces more and more because of the freedoms to do as you wish and use my quads whenever I want. I'm tired of dragging deer by hand

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I've never belonged to a club and don't have any plans to. Simply talking to people and knocking on doors has helped me pick up spots in 6 different zones.

 

What Bearcrazy said, you'd be amazed at how much land is available with a just little time spent talking with people.

 

I get offers to hunt people's property every year without even looking for it. 

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