Hunting land: Your very own space

By Tresa Erickson

That’s it. You’ve had it with hunting on public lands. There are just way too many hunters out there to deal with. You long for more privacy and a better chance at bagging the big one. You could hunt on the private land of a friend, but you’d rather have your own piece of land to hunt. The time has come for you to get out there and purchase some hunting land.

Whether for hunting or some other purpose, buying land is a big deal. If you are married, you need to discuss your desire with your spouse and make sure they are onboard. You also need to check your financial picture and make sure you have the resources for such a purchase. Speak to a lender, find out how much you can borrow and work to stay within that budget. Get a preapproval letter; this will show any sellers you are serious. Finally, take a hard look at your schedule and make sure you have the time to care for and manage the land. To bring the best game to your land and ensure it stays there, you may need to take several steps over time.

Before you start looking at land, there are some questions you need to ask yourself. What kind of game do you plan to hunt? How much of a drive are you willing to make? When do you need to purchase the land? What structures, if any, do you plan to build on it? The answers to these questions should help you narrow your search considerably. If you hunt deer and waterfowl and plan to build a hunting cabin, you will need an area attractive to those types of game with enough space for a cabin.

You can search for hunting land yourself, or you can hire a broker who specializes in hunting land. If you haven’t bought much property, this might be the best way to go. A good broker will guide you every step of the way, most importantly through the negotiation process, and ensure you end up with a suitable piece of land. Should you decide to find and buy the land yourself, make sure you hire an attorney to ensure the title is valid and draw up a binding agreement.

Once you have discovered a few plots of land that interest you, you need to do some further research, Get a topographical map of each area and some stats on the wildlife there. Check out any neighboring properties. If the lands adjoining are off limits to hunting, you may experience a swell in game the moment you implement food and water strategies and have trouble managing it. If the lands adjoining are geared toward hunting with all of the right management techniques in place, you may find it easier to manage your land in general.

These are just some of the issues to consider when buying a piece of hunting land. There may be others depending upon your personal situation. For the best results, consult a broker. As soon as you find the ideal piece of land, make an offer. Don’t dawdle. Hunting land goes quickly, and chances are another buyer is right behind you.

As soon as you have sealed the deal, get ready. That’s when the real work will begin. You will have to start thinking about and implementing some management strategies. Keep in mind that more effort you put into this step, the happier you will be with the results.

Just think. After months of hard work, you will have a piece of land all of your own to hunt. No more walking around and trying find an area away from the mass of hunters.

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