Things to consider when searching for Land to purchase…..
A quality piece of Hunting Land is obviously one where game is abundant. However, that doesn’t always translate to the perfect hunting property for every individual. A piece of land might be one hunter’s sanctuary and another’s nightmare.
Know Your Own Expectations
Among other factors, one of the most important in deciding to purchase a quality piece of hunting land is your own expectations of what you want out of this land and what you are willing to do to accomplish that. With land, as with anything in life, you will get out of it what you are willing to put into it. Owning a parcel of quality land is no different than owning a home. It takes effort to maintain, or improve.
Hunting land is commonly purchased by a wide variety of people from diverse economic and social backgrounds. The piece of land you are considering purchasing should be in line with what you want as the owner. Everyone has their own idea of what they expect and what they would like to do with a parcel of land. If you plan on farming cash crops, like corn or soybeans, be it by yourself or by leasing the tillable acreage to a farmer, or planting food plots for the deer and turkeys, your outlook on quality land could be vastly different than a hunter who has no intention of dealing with crops or the unceratinty of mother nature from year to year.
An item that should be factored into your equation is acreage. How much are you willing to manage? Mother Nature will take care of some of the maintenance for you but she won’t take care of all of it. Recreational hunters who aren’t looking to maintain a large property should consider land with less acreage.
Know the Terrain
Once you’ve solidified your expectations from the land you wish to purchase, in terms of acreage and what your purpose is for it, the fun part begins.
Identifying quality land is a very enjoyable process, and has a handful of things to consider. Items to consider include relationship to where to live, any local laws or regulations that may hinder what you want to do with the property, genetics in a certain area, food resources, water sources, cover, trails, and a variance of topography.
It is a lot of fun to look at scrapes and rubs from years past and make a determination as to what kind of deer live in an area.
Without food, deer won’t likely stay your property for any length of time. It is a simple fact of nature that grazing animals are going to flock where food and water is plentiful, especially in Michigan where our winters can be harsh with lots of snow. Finding land within an Agricultural area where crops are abundant can be key to success. Adding Food Plots is also a very important part of offering your deer and turkeys a variety of food to choose from and aids greatly to keeping animals on your property. Forests provide great cover but not all trees are created equally. Mast producing trees not only provide cover but also acorns and nuts for deer to feast on. Additionally, fruit bearing vegetation such as apple trees or berry bushes provide a naturally occurring food source for deer.
Like food, water is a necessity for game to stay your land. Deer and turkeys will travel across your land without food and water to find cover and a safe haven when being pressured, however properties that have ponds, rivers, creeks, or even a small lake is going to hold game much more than land that doesn’t.
Ranging topography with a mixture of timberland, open pastures, agriculture, rolling hills, food plots, and trails to funnel deer provide you with ideal hunting land. Too much of any one type of landscape can reduce either the amount of game on your property or your success as a hunter.
Quality Deer Management
A final note is to know your potential neighbors. Ideally you want to have neighbors who practice Quality Deer Management practices. This helps to manage the deer herd naturally in a specific area creating a quality hunting experience for all the hunters in the area.