A Buyer's Checklist for Purchasing Hunting Land

If you love turkey hunting, then you probably do it as much as you are able. Much of that likely takes place on public lands, but you might also hunt on somebody else's private property. At first, you relish any chance to hunt turkeys. However, after time, you might start thinking that if you owned property of your own, you could hunt your way.

Owning property of your own is a wonderful thing. It's an investment, but it's something to be proud of. Being able to hunt turkeys on your own land can even mean safer hunting and less competition. Still, you need to go through a buyer's checklist for purchasing hunting land before just snatching up any old lot available.

The following tasks are essential to your checklist if you're looking for turkey hunting land on the market:

Location, Location, Location: Two considerations come into play here. First, you don't want to be too far away from home; otherwise, travel time will impede your hunting sessions. Second, you need to make sure you buy land where you can actually hunt turkeys. If you can get land less than 3 hours from where you live, then day trips might be possible, and hunting weekends are easy to do.

Layout of The Land: A pristine slice of wilderness might be the last place you would think traffic patterns would matter, but they do. You have to think about what traffic patterns turkeys use, if any, especially as it relates to human traffic on the property. If possible, set up a cabin or camping site on the roadside of your lot. You don't want to spook your game when coming in and out.

Food and Water: All living things need food and water, so be sure your potential property has what turkeys need to survive, even if they're not going to survive your hunting. Keep in mind that resources turkeys need to survive can be added to nearly any property, but doing so would seriously increase your total investment costs. Finding a lot with its own natural water or at least adjoining property with a water feature is highly desirable.

Signs of Game: If you love turkey hunting, then you probably already know the tell-tale signs of their presence. Look for these when you tour a property you might buy for hunting. While it's sometimes possible to populate an area with wild turkeys, it's far better to buy land where you already know they are around. If you can, hang up a few trail cameras before buying a property, just to get some idea of what's happening throughout the day at the current time. Sometimes turkeys might not be on a property but on a neighboring one and pass through occasionally.

Know Your Neighbors: How do they hunt? When do they hunt? What do they hunt? Whether it's private property or public land, be sure you introduce yourself to fellow hunters and rangers alike. Ask good questions.

So, if you’re going to be buying private land, just do your diligence and follow a process like the one detailed here, and you won’t regret your decision.

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