Your dream whitetail property could be right around the corner!
If you could pick one defining characteristic of your dream whitetail property what would it be? Would it contain a lake, or covered in timber? Would it have mountainous terrain or rolling hills?
Here are a few tips for purchasing whitetail property that will help you get started to building and buying your dream whitetail property.
1. Timber Potential
One of the biggest factors why hunters don't purchase land is because they don't have the money to buy whitetail property or they can't afford it. This is why analyzing the timber on a piece of property is so key. If you've found your dream property, but just don't have the money for it, consider this: hire a forestry consultant. Yes, there might be a small fee, but a consultant could make you thousands of dollars more to tell you how much your timber is worth than if you just blindly hire a timber company.
They could save you so much, in fact, that it could be enough for a down payment on the property.
Okay so you might think, "Well I don't want to get rid of my acorn production on the property." Let me encourage you to do something. Take time to listen to this podcast with Dr. Craig Harper who is one of the nation's leading deer habitat management experts. He says that every five years trees have ONE, maybe two good acorn droppings which means that three to four of those years are poor. His point being if you cut down timber the successional plants that now grow up with abundant sunlight could be just as good if not better than the acorns for your deer.
It's a win-win situation.
2. Water System
This one might be a no-brainer, but if deer don't have water then they will die. The key is what kind of water. Are there creek systems or is there a river? Are they in the open or are they in the timber where deer feel a little bit more comfortable traveling there during day light. Is it easy to access? Deer are not dumb animals, but they can be lazy at times and prefer to take the path of least resistance.
So make sure there is some form of water on your property, so that your property will hold the deer and that they won't just pass through.
3. Road System
Anytime you're looking for a piece of hunting property you want to check and see what kind of roads or paths that are going through or around the property. This will help with where you can set up stands and have access points to your hunting spots without deer catching your wind. If there are not any you'll have to put in the time to create one.
Whether you make a system of roads for your ATV's or whether it's just for foot traffic you want to have some form of roads to navigate the property. This can also allow for quieter entry and exit where you're not always crunching leaves. Additionally, a road system will also increase the worth of your property if you ever decide you want to sell it.
4. Cash Rent Possibilities
This is a big factor in buying a piece of property if you're wanting the land to pay for itself. If you have a bunch of money stashed away somewhere then maybe this is at the bottom of the list.
One of the first things you want to ask yourself when you're investing in a piece of property is, "how much cash rent can I make off of this?"
How do you do this? Well start by doing a little bit of research on the internet and see what the averages have been for your state for the past couple of years. Then you will have some kind of idea of what you can make from farmers per acre.
The second thing you can do is go to farmers in the area and get bids and see how much they are willing to pay to farm your land. Now there's a lot of factors involved with this which is why you can check out this link here for more information. Overtime this cash rent will pay for a large portion if not all of your monthly payment for the property, thus the property will be paying for itself.
5. Deer History
If your goal is to shoot a 160 or 170 class deer the first thing you need to do is to look at the records of bucks taken in that county. The saying goes that, "If there's no evidence of a 200" buck, then it's not going to just magically appear."
Now different factors can come into play such as herd management, quality deer management, the food that is provided, and other factors that can lead to growing deer to the size you want, but that could take several years.
If the records are consistently 150 and 160 class deer don't expect to go into the field and shoot a 180 class buck in the first evening of your hunt and probably not the first couple of years.
With all these factors considered, be sure to do your research up front for you specific property before you purchase one, so that when you finally end up purchasing your whitetail property it'll be all you ever dreamed about!