I hunt in Western South Carolina and lease 700 acres at $5200.00 per year. Of this land there are 2 owners, but the land is joined. I only have deer and rabbit and hog rights to 550 acres, and all hunting rights to the other 150 acres. The up side to this lease is it offers access to 1500 acres of Public Land that is unaccessible to others, land locked. Then I have another tract less than a mile away that is 200 acres, and I get to hunt it in exchange for managing the property. I enforce trespassing and bush-hogging and grass mowing, general up keep. Then 1/2 mile away is my house that has 120 acres of family land. I also keep Hunting Lease Insurance on all the properties for another $250.00 per year. These last 2 properties also have Public Land attached that is unaccessible. There are 6 of us on the 750 acres, family land 3 of us hunt, the 200 acres are just my dad and I. I do open the 200 acres up for 2 days for a disabled hunt "Wheelin' Sportsmen" put on by the National Wild Turkey Federation and The U. S. Forest Service. I have all this for a total of $5450.00 per year. Then throw in another $150.00 each for food plots and fuel it comes to about $1050.00 each. The good news to all this is it is all within 3 miles of my house and I can hunt from Sept.15 archery, Oct 01 Muzzleloader, Oct 11 -Jan 01 Rifle.
The good part of this over Public Land is that you can manage what deer are killed and greatly increase your odds of killing that MONSTER BUCK, I have been managing this property for 6 years now and I now have the chance to kill a State Record Book Buck each hunt (our rules prohit this, only 3 bucks per year) you can't do that on Public Land in this area.