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Make Passive Income from a Rural Property- Part 2

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Welcome to part two of making passive income from a rural property. Here we will continue our journey evaluating the various methods available to make passive money from your property.

Lease for Hunting or Fishing

If you have a large piece of land with water and various types of terrain, leasing your land may be an option. Leasing private land has become more popular as access to public land has become more limited. You will want to make sure that you have land that is large enough and with the types of animals and fish that are popular to hunt and fish for. If you are okay so far, lets continue.


How much someone will pay you will depend on how desirable your property is specifically for hunting and fishing. Based on a popular hunting lease site, leasehunting.com, an annual hunting or fishing lease will go for somewhere around $1000 per year [1]. In fact, the average per acre of land is $2.27 [2]. 

There are a few types of hunting leases. Daily hunting leases allow you the highest level of control and the highest charge rate but require you to be the most hands on. Typically you will want to offer guide services and lodging if you are offing day leases. Short-term hunting leases are the next option and they are in the midrange of control, charge rate and need to be hands on. Short-term leases range from being weekly to seasonal. Long-term leases are the lowest charge rate and control but are the most passive. Long-term leases will last a year or longer and are more involved and formal. Another factor to consider when determining the lease terms is the type of game that can be hunted [2].

Harvesting Lumber

If you have a good number of trees on your land you can sell them for lumber. Lumber can retail for as much as $4 for a 2"x6" board and you can get quite a few of these out of a single tree [3]. 



There are three ways to sell your lumber. The first is to sell the rights to harvest the entire area for a lump sum of cash. This tends to get you the lowest payout but requires you to be very knowledgable in valuing lumber. The second option is to hire a logger. They will generally charge based on fixed percentage and they look after harvesting the lumber. Hiring a logger is the is slightly more expensive by will yield you a higher payment for your lumber. The next option is to hire a forester. Hiring a forester is the most passive but also requires you paying out higher expenses. A forester acts somewhat like a general contractor would on a construction project in that they look after all of the components start to finish. This is generally the best option, unless you are very knowledgable yourself, as you will typically make a better margin off the wood but still have a professional looking after all of the aspects [4].

Farm Leasing

Farm leasing is a great option if you have land that is suitable for farming of some kind but you do not want to become a farmer yourself. There are a few options of how you can do this.


The most passive is known as cash rent. This is a straight rental agreement where you are paid for use of the land. The next option is known as a crop-share lease. This option means that you are more hands on as the landowner in making decisions about production and, as a result, you have the opportunity to make more income as the profits of the harvest are shared. There is a similar option known as a livestock-share lease which is the same concept as a crop-share lease but for livestock [5].  You will generally earn $20 to $200 per acre [6].

So there you have it. We just covered three more ways to earn passive income from your rural land. Try looking into one of these options further while you wait for part three.



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  1. "Lease Hunting." leasehunting.com. 29/07/2014 <Web >
  2. "How Hunting Leases Work." Adventure- How Stuff Works. 29/07/2014 <Web >
  3. "Make Your Own Lumber With a Chainsaw Mill." Mother Earth News. 29/07/2014 <Web >
  4. "Timber Harvesting." Elkhorn Forestry. 29/07/2014 <Web >
  5. "Farm Leases and Rents." UC Small Farm Program. 29/07/2014 <Web >
  6. "7 Ways your home can make money for you." Canadian Living. 29/07/2014 <Web >

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