A Controlled Shooting Area, also known as a CSA, is a private area that is owned or leased by an individual or group for the purpose of hunting pheasant, quail, chukars, Hungarian partridge, and mallards during an extended season. A CSA may be “commercial” or “non-commercial”. A “commercial” area is open for business to the public and the CSA may charge by the day, by the bird or by the person. The CSA determines its own method of charging and the prices. A “non-commercial” area is for family, friends or co-workers and is not eligible to charge hunters.
There are a number of restrictions and requirements that must be met in order to become a licensed CSA. Some of them include; acreage requirements (between 80 and 2,560 acres); bird release requirements (minimum of 500 per licensed species); reporting and licensing requirements, sign posting, etc. If a person owns the land, they must provide tax statements of proof. If a person will be leasing all or any part of the land, they must provide a lease that gives a full legal description of the area; it must contain language that specifies the area will be used as a CSA; it must be for a term of at least 5 years; and it must contain signatures of all landowners and lessors, along with the date.
When opening a CSA, there must be acres available in the county where the CSA will be (each county is allotted 2% of the total acres of the county to be used as a CSA) and may not be within 1 mile of another commercial CSA.
The CSA season runs from September 1 to April 15.
For an application packet or to ask further questions, please contact Sandra Paice.