If you’re an avid hunter, the idea of buying your own land to hunt probably sounds pretty appealing. It’s important, however, that you do your research and check out a few things about a tract of land before you commit to a purchase. Otherwise you could end up with a patch of land that you can’t hunt or that has nothing on it to hunt.
Know the Neighbors
You’ll need to know how big the piece of land you’re buying is an be aware of who owns the surrounding land. You don’t want to buy a small area and then find out residential buildings will be going up on the acreage next to yours. Learn everything you can about proposed roadways, rail lines and other development plans that could impact the property.
Food and Water
Know what your quarry likes to eat and make sure the property you’re buying has an abundance of it. Animals need a steady supply of food and fresh water to live comfortably, and if you’re land doesn’t have it, you’ll be sitting in a tree stand all by yourself. If the land has water but lacks the desired plant life you could grow it yourself, but be aware that this takes time.
Game animals won’t live just anywhere. Deer, for instance, gravitate towards tall brush and trees for cover during the day. Make sure your property has plenty of comfortable places for your quarry to live as well as adequate food and water. You wouldn’t visit a grocery store that was miles from your home, and neither will wildlife. Make sure the property has shelter as well as food and water.
Ask around and try to get an idea of how heavily any adjacent properties are hunted. When too many hunters crowd an area, game wises up and seeks shelter in a quieter setting, so it may not be wise to buy land in heavily hunted areas. On the other hand, if you limit your hunting activities and visit your land only minimally, you may be able to create a respite that attracts animals in the midst of a heavily trafficked area. Be sure to consider this before you buy.
If you consider these factors and weigh them carefully, you’ll be able to find a piece of land that you can hunt and enjoy for many years to come. The key to buying hunting land is to take your time and do your research so you don’t end up pulling the trigger on a property that looks great but fails to deliver.