Westervelt Wildlife Services offers hunting leases throughout the Southeast. Collectively, we manage over 550,000 acres of hunting leases in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Westervelt Wildlife Services is staffed with professional Certified Wildlife Biologists and hunting lease managers that have over 170 years of combined experience managing wildlife, wildlife habitat, and hunting lease programs. In fact, the Westervelt Company was the first private industrial timber company in the Southeast to hire a wildlife biologist (1951) and among the first to implement a hunting lease program in the 1970's on over 400,000 acres of company owned lands. Because the primary use of our land is timber production, we have learned how to manage quality hunting leases, implement wildlife enhancement projects, and maintain long-term hunting lease customer satisfaction in conjunction with timber activities. Due to our expertise and experience over these years, our hunting lease program has been extremely successful and currently leads the hunting lease industry in quality.
On lands owned by Westervelt, timber management activities are conducted in a way that promotes quality wildlife habitat, abundant wildlife, and excellent hunting. Management strategies such as timber thinning, harvest, burning, timber fertilizing, and herbicide applications are used to promote desirable wildlife cover and food. Our average timber harvest is 80 acres or less and is designed in a way that will promote edge habitat, habitat diversity, and hunting opportunities. We have also dedicated at least 1% of our ownership to permanent food plots that are maintained for wildlife.
Leasing land from Westervelt is more than simply having a place to hunt. Our hunting clubs take an active role in managing the lands to maximize wildlife values and create exceptional recreational opportunities. Our staff of wildlife biologists work closely with our hunting clubs each year to help them make the most of their hunting lease. Most Westervelt hunting clubs annually collect detailed harvest and hunter observation data that allows the biologist to monitor deer herd quality and make recommendations that will improve the deer herd and hunting.
Our on-line hunting lease services make leasing and managing your hunting lease easy. Hunting clubs are provided their own webpage where they can find useful information regarding their hunting lease. Information such as deer harvest summaries and reports, lease contracts, hunting club invoice, lease payment information, lease maps, timber activity notification maps, membership lists, and Westervelt biologist contact information can be found on these pages.