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Hunting Clubs

How to Have a Safe Hunting Season

by Mike Massey on November 23, 2015

I finally made it to the woods last weekend, and was halfway to my stand before I realized I had forgotten my hunter orange vest, so I had to go back and get it. Once in my tree stand, I realized I was wearing white socks, not a good look in the woods. At least […]

Estate Planning for Ownership Interests in Hunting Clubs

by Mike Massey on December 13, 2013

There is very little in life more enjoyable than the time we spend with our family and friends at our hunting camps.  Protect that special part of your life by thinking ahead and planning both within your hunting clubs and in your own estate planning. Tips on How to Pass Your Equity Hunting Membership to […]

One phrase from the most famous prayer of all says:   “… and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”…   Some translate the word “trespasses” as sins, others as “debts”.  Today, we think of trespassing in a different context, involving violations of landowner rights.  But the origins of the word make […]

Mississippi Land Lease Agreements

by Mike Massey on February 11, 2013

Landowners at some point are going to deal with the prospect of leasing land for themselves, or leasing their land to others.  A lease is a contract and a good contract will be well thought out and written in such a manner that both parties clearly understand and agree upon the terms.  Contract disputes often […]

Liability Waivers

by Mike Massey on February 4, 2013

Liability waivers are a good idea when inviting people to come on your property. Give them the waiver in advance of the activity; this gives them time to read and consider the waiver before signing it. This gives you a stronger legal standing with regards to the waiver. The most important part of reducing your […]

Practical ways for hunting clubs to reduce liability

by Mike Massey on February 10, 2012

Choose Good Leaders Preventing accidents is the best way to avoid liability. The tone for the standard of conduct for your club is set by your leaders and then usually followed by most of the other members. Consider this the next time you are electing officers. Be sure to pick someone who sets the right […]

Incorporate or form an LLC Hunting Clubs Hunting clubs can minimize liability exposure by incorporating. A properly organized corporation covers its members from personal liability for club activities. Many hunting clubs are nothing more than unincorporated associations, groups of hunters who are pooling their money to pay for a hunting lease.  Unincorporated associations do not […]

Hunting Club Lawsuits – Could this happen to you?

by Mike Massey on February 1, 2012

Discussed below are several cases which illustrate the types of issues which have given rise to lawsuits concerning hunting clubs, not just in Mississippi but in other states as well.  Ask yourself if things like this could happen at your club and then take measures to make sure it never does. Hall v Booth, 423 […]

Hunting Related Accidents in Mississippi In Mississippi between 1998 and 2000 there were 71 hunting related accidents reported by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) in a two year study. Of the 71 incidents, 35 involved accidental shootings of another person while 11 were self-inflicted.  The remaining 25 accidents involved the use […]

Hunting leases are front and center this time of year. Another deer season is drawing to a close and members are already contemplating whether they got their money’s worth, the quality of the hunting, the quality of the lodge or club accommodations. Landowners are eager to find out whether their hunting club will renew their […]