Idaho Startup Aims To Be Airbnb For Hunters

Oct 19, 2018
Originally published on October 22, 2018 7:07 am

An online startup out of Idaho has launched a new service pitched as Airbnb for hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

The company, EntryG8, allows landowners to list their private property and what it offers ("Oregon pheasant hunting," for example) and those interested pay a "daily trespass fee" to access the land.

Boise-based friends David Keil and Robert Studebaker started EntryG8 earlier this year after continually having problems getting access to private land.

Keil grew up on a Montana farm and says things have changed.

"I remember people knocking on my dad's door and saying, 'Hey, can I hunt?'" Keil said, adding his father would usually allow it.

Today, he said he finds landowners more skeptical of these requests from strangers.

"There are so many people out there nowadays that just don't treat other people's property with respect," Keil said. "They litter, they leave gates open, they rut up roads."

He said a service like EntryG8 could help solve this because, like Airbnb and Uber, both parties rank each other after a visit is finished.

"Having better rankings allows you to have better access to those services in the future," Keil said. "We thought, we could apply that to hunting and then eventually to other types of outdoor recreation."

The website only really emerged from its testing phase about a month ago and while Keil has already heard from hundreds of sportsmen, landownders have been harder to reach.

As of now, the site only lists a handful of properties across Idaho and Oregon. The goal though is to be nationwide.

Find reporter Dan Boyce on Twitter @BoyceDan .

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