I am interested in trapping snapping turtles commercially this season. I'd prefer not to buy a TFL, and would rather lease one. How does this process work? Is it unheard of to make a deal to pay per pound of turtle, this is what I would prefer? Can I lease it just for the purpose of turtling and the owner uses it for whatever he does? Or is it an all inclusive transfer of rights? What are TFL's leasing for these days? I believe there is also a turtling permit I need on top of the TFL which is on the DNR website.
Who can speak for some of these questions? Is there a MD net turtle trap maker? I think the long time one died didn't he?
Any other helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.
As of right now you can't lease just a part of a TFL.
Right now the term is 90 days at a time.
Next year it may be 365 days minimum.
It is to your advantage to lease and pay by the caught turtle.
It is not in the owners best interest.