How To Buy Recreational Land

Who doesn’t dream of owning a little slice of turkey hunting heaven? Whether you want a few acres adjoining nation forest or a few hundred for your own hunting, there’s no better time to buy land than right now. It’s true. They aren’t making anymore.

Sure, you’ll have a monthly payment, even when you aren’t using the land, but no one will outbid you on a lease, and you’ll never have to compete with other hunters. There’s a good chance the land will appreciate in value, too. So if you decide to sell in the future, you can earn a decent return.  

Before you take the plunge and sign on the dotted line, ask lots of questions. Even better, spend time walking every tract that warrants serious consideration.

Things to Look For:

  • Wildlife sign - Abundant deer and turkey tracks means the land has excellent management potential.
  • Water - A stream or pond is always a nice addition to any recreational land. It’s even better if it’s large enough to offer good fishing. 
  • Neighbors - Examine plots of any land you are considering buying. Spend time walking the perimeter so you can check out potential detractions like barking dogs, smelly farms or noisy neighbors.
  • Timber - Mature trees are more valuable than young ones and they offer more management potential.
  • Food Plot Locations - Open, flat ground means you won’t have to put as much money or time into building food plots.  
  • Distance From Home - Driving six or eight hours to hunt and work on your land can become a chore. Consider something closer so you can spend more time on the land and less on the road.
  • Access - Getting there shouldn’t be half the fun. Make sure roads are in good shape and are easy to maintain, and right-of-ways are legal.
  • Buildable Sites - You may want to build a weekend cabin or even your retirement home. A good building site can add value.
  • Existing Trails, Fences and Utilities - Infrastructure like roads, power lines and even fences can be expensive to install. Factor in these ammenities when buying.
  • Poachers - Call the local game warden and ask if the current landowner has had issues with poachers or trespassers. If they were trouble then, there’s a good chance they’ll be trouble when you buy the land.  

Before you make any major decisions, consult with a licensed, experienced real estate agent. He or she can walk you through the various steps necessary to ensure a smooth, hassle-free transaction. 

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