Staying at a hunting lodge can add to the already relaxing and secluded experience of a hunting trip. It’s the perfect feeling of working hard to make a harvest while knowing exactly where you’ll relax afterward.

You’ll want to educate yourself before you search, lease, or buy. We asked team member Glennon, who is a life-long hunter, for his tips on finding the perfect lodge. Read on to find your perfect spot!

1. Know What You Want

Glennon says, “Lots of people hurry into leases… instead, figure out what it is that you really want, whether that is breaking in a new ATV, dog, or boat or doing as little as possible while still enjoying yourself.”

Do you want your own cabin or to be part of a lodge with multiple guests? This will influence how much privacy you have and whether there is a cook on-site. Does the lodge itself appeal to you? Luxury lodges may have log or timber construction with deer heads. But if the decor isn’t important to you, lease a more basic lodge and you won’t have to pay for it. Bottom line: make sure it is somewhere you can see yourself relaxing.

2. Location

Of course, the most important aspect of a hunting lodge is its proximity to the type of hunting land you want. But what about access? Make sure the roads leading to it are safe, even in bad weather. If you have any non-hunters coming with you, make sure they have something to do, such as on-site activities or an interesting town to go to nearby.

3. Amenities

Most amenities are up to personal preference, but the most important ones for hunting are the mudroom and the laundry. A mudroom is a huge plus for a hunting lodge, since it allows you to enter the house, get warm, clean up, and take off your gear without getting the main house messy.

  1. Meals and Supplies

    Make sure to ask what kind of meals are available and what supplies are provided. The owner should provide a list of supplies to bring for your stay. Some cabins and lodges have full kitchens, while others are close to restaurants. You probably won’t want to take time to make your own meals during a long day of hunting, so make sure to plan ahead.

Choosing a lodge can seem tricky, but if you ask the right questions, you’ll find a great fit. The most important thing of all? According to Glennon, it’s finding a “comfortable, beautiful place to enjoy yourself and loved ones.” Couldn’t have said it better.

Are you looking for a hunting lodge and a hunting lease? Check out our post on leasing land for hunting. Then head over to our hunting listings.