Make Money Hunting: 7 Best Ideas To Earn $2,000 a Month

  • By: C.A.
  • Date: January 25, 2024
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There is big money in hunting.

And that means opportunities to make money hunting.

According to a report from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, spending in the hunting industry, just in the U.S., generates nearly $185 million per day.

Let me repeat that for those in the back.

$185 million a day!

Most people think that urbanization is decreasing the amount of hunters in the United States.

But the economics say otherwise.

Hunting-related spending is up and is only expected to increase.

That means there is plenty of money to be made by hustlers and entrepreneurs within the hunting industry.

7 Ways To Make Money Hunting

Most people, when they think of making money from hunting, only think about selling meat or selling hunting gear.

However, there’s so many more ways to grab a piece of the hunting industry pie.

Let’s take a look at 7 of those.

1. Guided Hunting Tours

Imagine this.

You are a regular hunter with your favorite hunting spots.

You regularly have good results from your hunts and know the ins and outs of making sure that your hunts are an awesome experience.

Well guess what?

There are a ton of people that are interested in getting into hunting but don’t even know where to begin.

That’s where you come in.

You can do guided tours of your hunting grounds, showing new hunters everything there is to know about having a successful hunt.

These could be single-day hunts or multi-day events that involve hiking and camping.

You could even offer various types of hunts depending on what your customer wants.

  • Single-person hunts
  • Group hunts
  • Hunts with novice hunters
  • Hunting experiences for kids

What You’ll Need

To get started with this hunting side hustle, you’ll need the following:

  • a place to hunt
  • excellent knowledge of hunting techniques
  • patience and an ability to transfer your knowledge to new hunters
  • gear and equipment to possibly allow your clients to rent from you
  • business insurance to cover you in case of accidents

How Much Can You Make?

Most guides can earn anywhere between $20,000 and $75,000 per year but that depends on a lot of different factors such as:

  • your location and the type of game you’re hunting
  • types of tours you offer and the length of the tour
  • your experience and your reputation
  • additional services that you offer such as meals, lodging, or transportation
  • the size of the tour groups

How To Get Started

The easiest way to get started is to simply start offering hunting tours to family and friends.

See if it’s something that you enjoy.

If so, start posting flyers around your area or use social media to get more interest.

Word of mouth will also play a critical role in you getting more people signing up to do guided tours with you.

2. Selling Hunting Gear

There are a ton of different hunting accessory companies out there.

They sell everything from hunting clothing to accessories and everything in between.

But don’t be discouraged.

Just because there are a bunch of companies out there already doesn’t mean there’s not room for you to start selling your own gear.

As an avid hunter, you know what you like and don’t like.

Use that knowledge to start building and offering your own products to the hunting public.

What You’ll Need

You won’t need much to get started.

The main thing you’ll need is an idea. Where should you focus?

You don’t want to start off by selling “everything.” You’re not going to be the next Cabela’s.

Instead, decide on what it is you want to focus on (clothes, hunting gear, accessories) and perfect that niche product.

How Much Can You Make?

The sky is really the limit on how much money you can make by selling hunting-related gear.

Remember I said at the beginning that just in the U.S., the hunting industry generates nearly $185 million per day.

Even if you were able to generate revenue of 0.00001 percent of that, you could potentially earn $1,850 per day.

How To Get Started

The first step is to figure out what you want to sell (and what people want to buy) and then prototype your product.

Do iterations on the product until you come up with something you really like.

Set up a social medial account and link it to a Shopify account where you can start to sell the product.

You could also register a booth at the various hunting events and get your product out that way.

3. Hunting Education and Training

Education and training for new hunters will always be in demand.

Hunting will continue to grow and with that, new hunters that want to know everything there is to make their experience a positive one.

As an experienced hunter, you could offer classes both online and in-person all about about hunting and how to become a better hunter.

Here’s an example website (www.hunter-ed.com) that offers hunting education:

What You’ll Need

You’ll need students and you’ll need a place to hold classes.

You can find students through word-of-mouth or through hunting circles in your town or city.

As for a place to hold classes, talk to your local library or even rec center on how to go about renting a space to hold classes.

If you decide to do online classes, you’ll just need a Zoom account and a way to collect payment from students before your class.

How Much Can You Make?

Let’s say you decide to do in-person classes.

You could run a beginning hunter six-week course where you hold two classes a week (one hour each class).

For 12 total classes (for 12 hours total), let’s say you charge $120 per person.

That means that for a 10-person class, you could earn $1,200 for six weeks of work on the side.

You could then potentially earn even more doing online classes.

How To Get Started

The best way to get started teaching is to gauge interest in your own community.

You want to know if there are people interested in learning how to get started hunting.

You could go to your local outdoor store and talk to them about what they see in terms of people’s interest in hunting.

You could then partner with the store by providing them flyers that potential customers could pick up about your training.

4. Lease Hunting Land

While a lot of people love hunting, many of them don’t have an easy place where they can go hunt.

Leasing your property to these hunters is a great way for you to earn extra money while giving them a convenient and accessible place to hunt.

What You’ll Need

The only thing you’ll need to get started is a big enough piece of property with game that can be hunted.

Merely one or two acres isn’t going to be enough.

You’re going to need dozens of acres (at the very least) to get started.

And the land needs to have animals on it that can be hunted.

Barren land with a few ground squirrels or hedgehogs isn’t going to cut it.

How Much Can You Make?

Depending on how you lease the property, you can make anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000 per year.

Let’s say you have 200 acres of land you want to lease. You can lease it for $40 an acre for the year, which would be $8,000.

But that amount could change depending on things like:

  • the type of game on your land
  • whether the lease is monthly, yearly, seasonal, or longer
  • the types of amenities you have on your property
  • the location of your property

How To Get Started

To get started, you need land with animals that can be hunted.

If you don’t have that, you first step is buying some land.

Once you do have the land, start advertising your property through word-of-mouth or social media.

5. Wildlife Photography

Did you know that you can get paid for stock photos and videos that you take?

Don’t believe me?

Check this out.

This was with one short video I uploaded.

Now imagine that you take hundreds of photos and videos of wildlife and nature while you’re hunting. You can then upload those as stock footage and whenever someone needs some wildlife photos or videos, they can download and buy them.

If you’re out in nature already, it makes sense to take pictures and videos of the cool things you see.

What You’ll Need

In the past, you needed a high-quality camera or video recorder. However, these days, you can use your phone.

You just need something that shoots in 1080p or 4k.

You’ll also probably want something (like a tripod) that can help stabilize your shots.

How Much Can You Make?

The amount of money you make will depend on how many photos and videos you take/upload as well as how many are purchased.

But there are photographers and videographers that are making anywhere between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars a month.

How To Get Started

Just start taking photos and videos.

Your first ones might not very good.

But, as you study and take more shots, you’ll get a better idea of what works and what doesn’t, as well as the types of footage that sells.

6. Hunting Vlog or Blog

“AI is king!”

“Blogs are dead! Don’t waste your time!”

It’s true that AI is here but good blogs and vlogs will always be in demand.

Why?

Because you can’t fake originality, especially when it comes to videos.

So if you’re a hunter who likes to write, start a blog or (if you want to make it easier) start an X (formerly Twitter) account.

If you don’t mind recording yourself on your adventures, start a YouTube channel.

Either way, talk/write about your adventures and if you make it interesting enough, people will follow you.

Check out this channel for example with over 7 million subscribers:

What You’ll Need

All you need is an X account to get started writing or a YouTube account if you’re going to do video.

Either way, both of these are free so there’s no excuse not to start.

Once you get a good-size following, you can start monetizing.

How Much Can You Make?

And speaking of money, yes, you can make money through X or YouTube.

With YouTube (or other social media like TikTok), you can get paid on your views as well as through partnerships and sponsorships that you do with brands.

With X, you can create an entire business around your hunting adventures, and parlay your follower into other business opportunities.

How To Get Started

It’s simple.

Just open an account and start posting.

It’ll be rough at first. It might be a bit cringe-worthy.

But that’s OK. That’s part of the process.

Be patient and give yourself at least 6 months and see where you’re at after that.

7. Game Processing Services

If you like the hands-on approach to hunting (and its aftermath), think about starting your own game processing service.

With your own game processing service, other hunters bring you their game and then you butcher it for them.

What You’ll Need

The three biggest things you’ll need are the following:

  • space to do the processing
  • proper equipment to process the game
  • knowledge on how to properly process the animals

How Much Can You Make?

Game processors usually charge by the animal or by the pound they process.

Also, different types of wild game will have different price points.

I’ve heard, for example, that some people will process wild deer for $60 per deer. Honestly, though, that seems a little low.

I’m sure it depends on where you’re at and how many game processors are around doing business.

How To Get Started

If you already process your own wild game, it’s just a matter of getting the word out that you’re willing to do it for other people.

Hit up your hunting contacts and see if they know of anyone looking for a wild game processor.

Word-of-mouth is likely the best way to get your foot into this side business.

FAQ: Make Money Hunting

How much money does hunting generate in the US?

Hunting creates more than $40 billion dollars in the U.S. alone. This is through retail sales as well as salaries and wages.

How do I become a hunter?

The best way to become a hunter and start earning extra money is to ask a friend to show you the ropes. You can read and watch everything you want but it’s best to have someone there alongside you helping you out.

Who is allowed to hunt in the United States?

Different states have different regulations on who can hunt, proper ages for hunting, and the type of animals that can be hunted. Look at your state division of fish and game or wildlife services to get more information on hunting regulations in your state.