Rarely does an outdoor property like Giles Island arrive on the market, but when it does, it's well worth the attention.
Every once in a while, a parcel of land goes up for sale and deserves, at the very least, a quick acknowledgement by sportsmen and women: "That'd be nice to have."
Giles Island is a "cut-off island" across the main channel of the Mississippi River just northwest from Natchez, and across the banks of Old River from Vidalia, Louisiana.
For the past 20 years, Giles Island has been home to a world-renowned outdoor recreation operation, hosting tons of outdoor enthusiasts in pursuit of the island's array of wildlife, namely whitetail deer.
The $20,000,000 price tag might drop some jaws, but it's more understandable once you get the full picture.
"It's a rare gem," said Tom Middleton of Mossy Oak Properties-Land Investments, "in that it is a turn-key situation that a buyer will be able to walk in to either a highly successful recreational operation, or use as a private and/or corporate retreat. You have relative ease of access, proximity to amenities, reasonable distance to larger metropolitan areas. This combination of factors is simply rare with Mississippi River islands."
It's a generational sale, with the property only having two previous owners across the last 130 years.
The wild game hunting opportunities on Giles Island don't stop at deer, with ducks, doves, squirrels, turkeys, and alligators found in abundance among the riverfront and hardwood timber. Plus the fishing, for crappie in particular, is about as good as it gets in the area.
What kind of person is in the market for a place like Giles Island? Hey, we can all dream, can't we?