Iowa Sportsmen Are Using the Internet to Lease Farm Land for Outdoor Recreation

Farmland owners in Iowa have discovered a new source of income: they are leasing their land to hunters, anglers and other recreationists in increasing numbers because of the rapidly rising price of recreational land and the lack of public hunting areas, reports the DesMoines Register.

Farm management services, including Omaha-based Farmers National Company and Nevada, Iowa-based Hertz Farm Management, are offering the service to landowners. Farmers National says about 23,000 hunters and anglers are using its Internet-based auction service, Hunting Lease Network, to connect with landowners.

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