Do you know what to look for when buying hunting land? – Buying hunting land can be a great experience and often very exciting. Browsing through all the possibilities can be fun, but when it comes down to deciding on the purchase, there are many things you need to think about or at least keep in mind. Here are a few:
Type of game: Will you be hunting only whitetail or would you like to take a shot at a turkey? Also, check out all zoning and laws in the area you wish to buy. If you like to take many deer perhaps you would want to consider an area where this is legal. It all depends on the state you live in so check with you local fish and game department for additional information.
Resale: Although you will never know exactly where the market will be when (if) you decide to sell you hunting land down the road, it is something to keep in mind. Look for areas that people tend to jump on when there is a good property for sale. These areas often have the best chance of selling in the future. Also, think about what you can do to increase the property value.
Location: The location of your next property should be considered and thought about heavily before you buy. How close do you really want it from your home? Is there any nearby entertainment or towns that offer supplies? Is there any public hunting land touching or near the property? Who owns the surrounding property and what may their intentions be?
Size: The size of the property you are considering may be based on how much you can afford. However, it is good to think about how many people will be hunting at the same time. Usually, the more hunters there are the more space you will need. Although it depends on the property, I find that it gets crowded if there is anymore then 2 to 3 people per 40 acre parcel. This is of course based on my experience in northern Minnesota timber. In more open areas such as farm country, this may change.
Price: The price of a property is something to be considered as well and not only because you don’t want to overpay. As with other purchases, you generally get what you pay for. The same is true for buying hunting land. I personally would rather pay a premium for a smaller parcel with excellent hunting then pay less per acre for a larger but poorer hunting land.