My question involves real estate located in the State of: Iowa
Hi. My question is can a city legally give the hunting rights to city property to a person? Here is the story to help with my question.
Our small city allowed deer hunting around the city owned airport. A farmer who owns land all around the airport and is a serious hunter and doesn't allow anyone else to hunt and now the deer herd is very large. they were on the runway all the time. So the city wanted people to hunt. Eventually the city spent almost a million dollars on a fence.
The city still allowed hunting. I hunted the property for 8 years and dealt with this farmer and his harassment every year and still do.
A couple of years ago the city needed to buy some of this guys property to make room for a new sewer lagoon. Soon after that I got a call from the manager of the airport that I couldn't hunt any more because the farmer got the hunting rights to the airport until his death.
I called the city attorney and he gave me a copy of the agreement. I was very angry! I called the mayor at the time and all he told me was that I should have been at the meeting. The agreement was not made at a city council meeting.
I don't understand how the hunting rights to city property given to one person. I pay taxes on the land. The farmer does not own land on city property. The city spent all that money on a fence because of the farmers large deer herd.It doesn't seem legal to me. I can't justify spending a bunch of money on legal fees if I'm just wasting my time.
I hope someone can help me out. Thanks