If you — like so many other Americans — are an avid hunter, you realize the value and importance of the property on which you hunt. It’s also no secret that owning your own hunting land gives you the freedom to manage the deer on the property as you see fit: plant food plots, plant or cut trees, let the young bucks walk, choose who you let hunt, set your stands wherever you want — the list goes on. There’s also the added bonus of having the property during the off season; perfect for camping, hiking, small game hunting, fishing, and family excursions.
While there’s no substitute for owning your own hunting property, there are many factors to take into consideration before signing on the dotted line. Following is a list of things to keep in mind when looking for that perfect piece of hunting land.
Location, Location, Location
When deciding on the location and size of a hunting property, obviously your budget will play a big part in the overall scheme of things. However, it’s important to consider all of the variables when making your choice: drive-time to and from the property, the availability of nearby supplies, as well as the re-sell value and general desirability of the property. The quality of the bordering land and the deer management practices of the surrounding landowners should also be considered before making your final decision.
Available Food Sources
Deer are attracted to areas that provide a variety of food sources, and depending on the time of year, there are many different species of plants and trees to look for on a potential hunting property. Wild berry bushes, honeysuckle vines and mast producing trees such as oaks and fruit tree varieties, are just a few of the many food sources that attract whitetail deer. Also, some properties may already have established food plots or agriculture, saving you the time and cost of planting.
Deer cannot live by food alone; water is essential to their livelihood, and properties with ponds, creeks, rivers and springs are a haven for deer and other wildlife. Swamp and marsh areas can also provide water, as well as cover.
When choosing their habitat, deer are drawn to areas that make them feel safe and provide ample bedding. They gravitate to cover such as thick brush, tall grass, and trees. It’s crucial to ensure that any potential hunting property includes these important elements to make your investment worthwhile.
While quality hunting property is high in demand, following these simple tips will help you identify and stake your claim to the perfect tract!
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