For many people hunting is a passion. For some it is an obsession. The latest ammunition, rifles, bows, game calls, optics, two-way radios, clothing, and tree-stands, among many other hunting toys, have been purchased. Hours have been spent scouting the prime location, visualizing the perfect hunt, and predicting the exact time the trigger will be pulled on that prized bull. After hours of planning, spending money, and sacrificing time with the family, one of the most disheartening feelings is to stumble into another hunter just ahead of you in your favorite spot, waving you away.
If you are tired of being that hunter, take control of your hunt and purchase your own hunting land. By purchasing your own hunting land you take other hunters out of the equation. Control your habitat by building fences, growing food plots and planting cover for bedding down. If a home or cabin is in your budget, make it a family tradition to appreciate this unique land every season or year. With that cabin comes less packing and prep time, allowing more hunting, as well as memories and vacations for the entire family.
Don’t be concerned that hunting land might be out of your budget. Purchasing hunting land might be cheaper and easier to find than you thought. Wetlands or sloped topography will drive farmers or developers away from real estate, but is prime hunting land. This discarded acreage may not be desirable for others, but it is perfect recreational hunting land. Additionally, chances are your hunting land isn’t adjacent to million-dollar homes; it should be relatively cheap. Narrow your search by deciding what type of land you are looking for. For what type of game are you hunting? What size and habitat is ideal for your hunting land?
Finding good hunting land can be difficult. Perhaps you know of some property in your area that fits your hunting requirements, and you are comfortable approaching the owner about purchasing it. For most people buying land isn’t an everyday occurrence and seems intimidating. The most common methods to find property are working with an agent or using an online land retailer. Both methods have their positive and negative attributes.
Purchasing property through a licensed agent will allow an experienced realtor to handle negotiating with sellers, and they will possibly have more properties from which to choose. With those added perks comes added cost. Purchasing through an agent may also require a bank loan, and banks sometime demand 50% of the cost as a down payment. Using an online land retailer, like LandCentral, sometimes offers owner financing with low down payments. Doing the necessary due diligence while researching your hunting land is a necessity regardless of purchasing online or with an agent.