West Fargo man invents hunting app for area landowners and hunters
Hunters and land owners often have a strained relationship, but a West Fargo man has found a way to make it easier for both parties, in the form of a unique hunting app.
WEST FARGO — It's a dilemma hunters and land owners in our region have faced for decades. The time and effort spent on trying to find hunting land. Often, the end result is a strained relationship between the two.
Now, a West Fargo man has created an app to help bridge the divide between land owners and hunters.
Think of it as a hunting version of a Vrbo . The app aims to be a new, high tech way to connect hunters with willing landowners who can make a few bucks on the side.
"You could book land all the way out into the next hunting season, whenever the landowner has it available, or you could book it that day," explained Huntier app creator Jeff Hunt.
Hunt came up with a web-based app called Huntier. Land owners can simply register and let hunters in the tri-state area know they are welcome, for a price. The hunter secures the date and arrives for the hunt.
"So the landowners themselves, they sign up their property — absolutely free, we never charge the landowner a dime — and the hunter just pays the access fee, whatever the landowner is requesting," Hunt said.
An app like Huntier should cut down on the frustration of trying to get permission to access land, being told no and wasting a hunting weekend driving around instead of chasing birds and deer.
"So for a hunter, it was finding high-quality land, (and) finding land that was accessible," Hunt said. "The major pain as a hunter is to figure out who owns the section, call them — they might not answer, they may not give you permission because they don't know who you are, they don't know what type of reputation you carry, so that was always a huge barrier for hunters. For landowners, we identified the pain points of: knowing who's on their land, knowing that they're high-quality hunters and also, an additional source of revenue."
Just like a vacation rental, the hunting app allows for reviews. The hunter can leave comments about the hunting land or land owner, and the land owner can leave comments about the hunter.
"So we're not going to allow you to continue to use the application service if you're getting consistent poor reviews," Hunt said.
The app even tells the hunter what kind of wildlife is plentiful on that land owner's property, whether it's geese, grouse or deer.
The landowner can also decide just how many hunters can be in the hunting party. All in an effort to change decades of a strained relationship to one that is beneficial.
The app is also looking into streamlining any insurance or liability concerns landowners have when bringing hunting parties on the property.
To learn more about the app, visit: https://huntier.net