Leasing land for hunting is a growing trend, and while we might lament those yonder years when a knock on a farmhouse door was all it took to get a “yes, of course, you can hunt back there,” there’s a lot to be said for joining a modern hunting lease or starting one on your own. But hunting leases come in as many shapes and sizes as 8-point buck racks. Joining forces with a few other hunters requires give and take, so you’d better know the ground rules. Here are nine questions you should ask before you sign the dotted line on a lease, and long before you show up in the dark. We’ll break it down between the things you need to know before leasing directly from a landowner, and the details you need to factor into a decision about joining an existing lease or club. Either way, remember that the only dumb question is the one you wished you’d asked earlier.