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Hunting Lease Guide – South Region
A Guide to Weyerhaeuser’s Recreational Lease

Management Program in the South Region.

This helpful guide provides valuable information on our land management

and recreational lease programs and policies in Southern states.

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Dear Leaseholder,

We would like to personally welcome you to Weyerhaeuser’s lease program. Your lease will be managed by
our Recreational Lease Management (RLM) team who is solely devoted to serving the needs of our lessees.

We understand that offering land leases provides families and recreational groups the opportunity to enjoy
outdoor activities. We are pleased to offer you this same opportunity and want you to enjoy your outdoor
experiences and your relationship with Weyerhaeuser.

This hunting lease guide was developed to provide an overview of our lease process, programs and
procedures. It will address most of the various questions you may have as a new Weyerhaeuser leaseholder,
and will provide you with important information on who to contact if you have additional concerns. Also, we
have included helpful articles on safety and food plot planning to assist you with the management of your
leased property.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our lease program by reading all the material contained in
this guide and sharing it with your club members. It is our hope that you and your members will find this guide
useful and store it in a safe place to refer to throughout your leasing experience with Weyerhaeuser.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. Best wishes for many safe and successful hunting seasons.


Weyerhaeuser Recreational Lease Management

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How to enroll in the Food Plot Rental Program:
1. On your hunting lease, heavily flag the perimeter of each food plot you would like to create.

2. Calculate the area of each plot to the nearest 1/10th of an acre. Remember, each plot should be a minimum
of ½ acre. Area may be calculated using a GPS or by measuring the length and width of the plot. (For

reference: One acre equals 43,560 ft². A square food plot that is 210 feet on each side is 1 acre in size. A

food plot that is 435 feet long and 100 feet wide is 1 acre in size).

3. Record the acreage of each plot in the table on the food plot request form found below.

4. On a map of your lease, mark the location of each food plot with the food plot number that corresponds with
the table on the food plot request form (ex: food plot #1 in the table of the food plot request form should be #1

on the map).

5. If possible, utilize a GPS to determine the latitude/longitude of each corner of the plot. .

6. Send the request form to the point of contact listed at the bottom of this page. Within 30 days after the food
plot deadlines listed below, you will be contacted with notification either to proceed with planting or notified of

needed adjustments.

Food Plot Rental Program - REQUEST FORM

Sign-Up Deadlines: March 1, May 1, August 1

Lease Number: ___________________________ Date: ______________________________________

Club Name: ______________________________ Club Contact: ________________________________

Phone #: ________________________________ E-mail Address: ______________________________

Total Lease Acreage: ___________ # Food Plots requested: _________

Record the acreage of each food plot in the table below. On the map, make sure to denote the location of

each plot by writing the food plot # that corresponds to its number in the table.

Food Plot

Food Plot Acres
(to nearest
1/10th acre)

Latitude/longitude of the four corners for each plot






Please submit the completed form to your Lease Administrator for processing.

Lease Administrator Area Covered E-mail Fax

Carol Smith AR, OK, TX [email protected] 580-494-6431

Cathy Jordan LA, MS [email protected] 580-494-6431

Terri Jones NC, VA, WV [email protected] 304-645-1695

Tricia Kaye AL, FL, GA, SC [email protected] 706-583-6726

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Photo courtesy of the National Wild Turkey Federation


Food plot prep: Summer plans for later hunts

Courtesy of the National Wild Turkey Federation

Summer is the time to start thinking about those fall food plots that so
many of us use to bring wildlife into gun range. While breaking the
ground and throwing out some seed might eventually result in meat for
the freezer, a little planning can turn your favorite hunting spot into a
better wildlife beacon.

“Many hunters only think about their fall food plots right before the
season and then try to do everything at the same time,” says Scott
Vance, assistant vice president of conservation programs administration
for the National Wild Turkey Federation. “Hunters who plan ahead
increase the food plot’s nutritional yield and create a better area for

August is the time to ask questions and determine the best course of action for fall. Does the food plot have a perennial
species, such as clover, left from last year? Have you recently conducted a soil sample to learn what fertilizer the soil
needs? What plants will provide the most nutrition for the species being pursued?

While it’s not planting time yet, hunters should be getting their food plots ready. Here’s how:

Take a soil sample

Soil testing is simple, inexpensive and effective. Kits can be obtained from the local county extension or Natural Resource
Conservation Service offices for around $5. When testing your soil, be sure to:

Collect samples to plow depth (six inches).
Collect multiple samples.
Take a soil sample for every acre. If soils vary in a food plot, take samples from each type of soil.
Mix the samples together and let them dry.
Label the container with your name and reference number and mail per the instructions from your county agent.

Order seeds

Determine what seeds should be drilled to produce a good mix of plants for wildlife and order them. You can use the
National Wild Turkey Foundation’s Turkey Shoppe. Popular mixes include Turkey Gold Strut & Rut Perennial and
BioLogic Maximum.

Other prep for perennial plots

Toward the end of the summer, mow clover or other perennials low enough for sunlight to reach the shorter plants. As
cooler weather prevails, clover will begin to grow, but it needs some sunlight.

Other prep for annual plots

Toward the end of the summer growing season, mow and spray herbicide such as Roundup to eliminate unwanted plants
and prepare the area for later disking and planting.

With this preparation completed in advance as the fall hunting season approaches, you’ll save yourself some scrambling
and be ready to plant, leaving time for the growth of well-developed food plots that really draw game once the season

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Hunting is still permitted in the scheduled harvest area, but it will be best to avoid placing/leaving stands, plots or feeders
in the area as they will likely need to be moved, and could be damaged.

 What do we do with our hunting stands?

To prevent risk of damage to your stands and other equipment, you should immediately proceed to remove your
possessions from the harvest impact area. Also, be aware that any large wood /metal box or tower stands that are
located close to roadsides may require removal to facilitate road preparation and log truck traffic.

 How will our food plots in the harvest area be affected? Can I protect existing plots or add new plots after the
harvest is completed?

Give careful consideration to planting food plots in old log decks or along roads within or leading to the designated harvest
area. Unless these are enrolled/protected within our Food Plot program, they could be disturbed or even destroyed by
logging activity. It is best to postpone any such planting until harvesting and post logging cleanup work are completely

Food plots are a sure method of providing high-quality, preferred browse and feed to White-tailed deer and wild turkeys,
and that makes them a great way to attract and hold more game on your lease. Our Food Plot program provides an option
for you to protect your food plots by enrolling, and therefore protecting, that acreage on your lease as paid and designated
food plot acreage. Under the Food Plot program, you can create food plots in recently harvested stands as well as planted
stands up to three years old.

Details of the Food Plot program:

Your club must apply for at least three acres of plots (leases under 100 acres can apply for between one and three
acres of plots).

Individual plots must be a minimum of one acre. There are no limits on the maximum size of food plots.
Plot clearing and planting are the responsibility of your club.
Plots will be protected from Weyerhaeuser forest management operations.
The annual rental fee is $120 per acre, per year for food plots approved and installed after the site has been

harvested, but before site preparation activities for tree planting begins (spraying, bedding).

For food plots installed on land that has already been site prepared for tree planting or that has trees up to three years
of age, the annual rental fee for food plots will be $160 per acre, per year.

Once your club enrolls in the food plot program, you must remain in the program and must keep the food plots
maintained (yearly mowing at a minimum) as a condition of your lease.

You may utilize other existing openings for food plots without charge, but please remember they are not protected

 What about our campsite, campers, etc.?

We recommend campers or other personal equipment at your campsite to be removed if your campsite is in the affected
area or on the same roads which will be used for logging purposes. We cannot guarantee the safety of your personal

 Logging activity just started on my lease and deer/turkey season will open next week. The loggers say they
will be on our tract for 6-8 weeks. Can I get a refund for that acreage?

A primary reason Weyerhaeuser owns land is to grow and harvest trees. We must harvest timber at all times of the year.
Unfortunately, your lease must be harvested during the hunting season. The lease contract states that timber harvest
may occur at any time. Furthermore, we make every attempt to provide clubs notification of timber harvest prior to lease
renewal so that they may make an informed decision on lease renewal. We regret that timber harvest is impacting your
ability to hunt, but we will not issue refunds or prorate the lease.

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Please be prepared to provide your lease number when calling your Weyerhaeuser representative.

For most general issues, the quickest answer to your question may be found in this welcome packet or on the
Weyerhaeuser website,

Call Our Lease Support Team at 1-855-248-6872

Regional Lease Administrators:

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina: Tricia Kaye, [email protected]

Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas: Carol Smith, [email protected]

Louisiana and Mississippi: Cathy Jordan, [email protected]
North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia: Terri Jones, [email protected]

Regional Lease Managers:

Eastern Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia: Paul Hanson, [email protected]

Alabama, Florida, and Western Georgia: Donald Wood, [email protected]

Maine, Mississippi, and Vermont: Paul Durfield, [email protected]

Arkansas, Louisiana, and West Virginia: Ken McDonald, [email protected]

Oklahoma and Texas: John Drake, [email protected]

Contact Law Enforcement before calling Weyerhaeuser for:

1. An incidence of poaching, vandalism, or trespass.
2. A dispute with an adjoining Weyerhaeuser club (first establish a paper trail by involving local law enforcement).


For the following issues, we ask lessees not to call Weyerhaeuser.

1. To determine if a timber harvest will occur on your lease. Weyerhaeuser periodically sends out harvest notices for
leases that are scheduled to be harvested within the coming year. If you have not been sent a Harvest
Notification, then your lease is not currently scheduled for harvest, although it is still possible that an unscheduled
harvest can take place on your lease at any time. These unscheduled harvests are typically due to insect
outbreaks, weather conditions, or unexpected market conditions. Unfortunately, we cannot predict when the
timber will be harvested. Most of our timber we sell directly to mills, who are given 12-18 months to harvest the
timber. They decide when the timber will be cut. For more information, please review our Timber Harvest FAQs.

2. To report internal club problems. Clubs are expected to resolve internal club problems. Acceptable examples of
Club leadership and bylaws can be found on pages 6-7 of this information packet.
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