Owning hunting land is a dream for many hunters. However, for many reasons, this dream is sometimes out of reach. Because of this, many people choose to buy land as a group, rather than doing it alone. No matter the size of the land you’re buying, purchasing hunting land is a big investment to make. When you purchase as a group, you also have to take into consideration how it will affect your personal relationships with the other parties involved. 

If you’re contemplating buying land as a group, here are a few pros and cons that can help you make a decision. 

Pros

When you’re looking into buying hunting land, you might already have a list of pros in your head. Here are some of the most common pros for buying hunting land as a group. 

Buying as a group saves money

What drives many people to purchase land as a group, is making lower payments on the land as it’s split up among multiple people. Buying any amount of land can be expensive, so this helps it become more attainable. You’ll be able to purchase a larger size of land for the cost of something much smaller. Depending on the group you’ll be buying with, you can

Spend more time with friends

For many, one of the best parts of hunting is getting the chance to spend time in the outdoors with your friends. This can be a great way to bond with them or carry on old traditions. If this is something you’re interested in, buying land as a group would be the ideal way to spend more time together. This way, you’ll all have a place that you’ll know you can be together to hunt. While you could hunt together on public land as well, this will give you far more privacy and ensures that the land in only being used by you and your friends. 

Cons

While buying and as a group might seem like the perfect way to own your own hunting land, some caveats come with it. When making such a large investment with those you’re close with, it’s important to be aware that things could end up not working out. 

Misunderstanding the rules

When you first come up with a set of rules for the group using the hunting land and assume that everyone is on the same page. It can become clear quickly that everyone in your group has a different understanding of the rules you agreed on. You might find that some of the members of your group don’t follow the rules themselves or create new rules for everyone else to follow without confirming it with everyone first. This can lead to animosity in your group and make it harder for everyone to get to hunt. 

Financial problems 

When you buy land on your own, it up to you to find a way to handle paying for it. While this might seem like a bad thing, it can sometimes be preferable to sharing financial responsibility with others. If you have financial troubles while on your own, you can fully own up to it and it will likely only affect you. When you buy as a group, you could be burdened with someone else’s financial troubles. You can’t predict what will happen in the future, and at some point, someone in your group might not be able to contribute their share. Discussing financial issues like this can be difficult, as you don’t want to be inconvenienced due to someone else’s problems, but it can also be a sensitive topic to discuss. 

Difficulty splitting up the land 

Even if you’re all paying the same amount for the land, deciding how owns what sections can be difficult. On many pieces of land, each section that’s split up might be fairly equal. In others, it can be clear which is the best section, and then it’s almost impossible to decide who gets what. If someone gets a better section of the land that they technically have control over, they could make it hard for others to hunt on that section. When you’re buying land with others, this is splitting up the land is something you need to keep in mind. 

Of course, you know you’re friends better than anyone. Because of this, you might already know whether or not buying land with them will pan out well. Knowing what the risks are that can come up in your group can help you prevent them from happening. It can also help to get anything regarding the rules of the land written in a legal document to ensure that everyone knows what’s going to happen and is held to the same standard. If the cons don’t seem like something you’d be willing to deal with in the future, it might be better for you to save money and wait to buy land on your own.