Arkansas Wildlife Enterprises
Wildlife are often overlooked as an alternative income source for agricultural producers and non-agricultural landowners. When economic conditions are severe and profit margins slim, a wildlife lease could make a difference.
Improving habitat for one game species benefits many others, plus helps improve the overall quality of habitat in Arkansas. Better habitat leads to sustainable, more healthy wildlife populations, a win-win situation for landowners and citizens of The Natural State.
Compared to intensive agriculture, wildlife habitat enhancement requires little input with potentially large gains. Cost-share incentives are available to those owning land in areas identified as critical habitat and marginal production.
A wildlife enterprise is a type of agritourism operation. Agritourism is any activity, enterprise or business designed to increase farm and community income by attracting the public to visit agricultural operations and outlets that provide educational and/or recreational experiences to help sustain and build awareness of the rural quality of life.
If you are considering a wildlife enterprise, contact your local County Extension Office and ask about workshops offered periodically about learning the basics, marketing, legal aspects, and financial planning. There are also resource materials available to help understand what it takes to operate a successful wildlife or agritourism business.
Arkansas Wildlife Enterprise Publications
Just Getting Started
Agriculture Diversification Through Agritourism (Agritourism Series) Learn about types of agritourism operations and potential benefits for your farm.
Assessing Your Resources (Agritourism Series) Assessing your resources is an important first step in determining whether agritourism is right for you.
Building Your Customer Base
Marketing Your Wildlife Enterprise Describes the three P's of marketing, plus tips for better understanding your customers.
Hospitality and Customer Service (Agritourism Series) In an agritourism business, happy and satisfied customers are key to business survival and success.
Liability & Financial Issues
Wildlife Leases and Liability Issues on Private Lands Information about types of leases, contract basics, insurance, release and indemnity agreements, and risk management for Arkansas landowners.
Landowner Resources for Wildlife Habitat Assistance List of government/non-government agencies and organizations providing advice, consultation, resources, and/or on-site visits to improve wildlife habitat on Arkansas lands.
Financial Assistance for Wildlife Habitat Financial assistance offered to private landowners can be classified as tax incentives, yearly rental payments, loans, grants, easements/land retirement, and cost-share agreements.