“Vegetarian – that’s an old Indian word meaning lousy hunter.”

– Andy Rooney

What could be finer than owning your own hunting land? It’s your own little patch of God’s green earth to lord over and protect, where you can always find refuge and solace. And, of course, to hunt in as well.

Whether the name of your game is deer, duck, goose, turkey or rabbit, you’ll take the greatest satisfaction bagging it on a piece of land that you own. But just like you would take your time lining up the perfect shot on a 10-pointer, you don’t want to rush into buying land without doing a little bit of homework first. Here are the three things to know before buying hunting land!

Know Your Budget

Do you know why Ted Turner was able to purchase two million acres of land? Because he’s Ted Turner. You are almost certainly not Ted Turner, which means your budget for hunting land is decidedly more limited. Whichever parcel you buy, make certain you can afford both the down payment and loan payments without incurring financial hardship. You want your recreational land purchase to only bring you pleasure.

If your available funds don’t align with the list price for the kind of land you would like to buy, consider partnering with friends or family. Sharing hunting land with the people who already join your hunting trips makes perfect sense. Just make sure you all share the same goals and expectations going into the purchase. Also, it’s important that everyone’s stake is represented legally. You don’t want a property dispute several years down the road to drive a wedge between yourself and your favorite people.

Know the Area

Naturally, you want hunting land which you’re comfortable driving back and forth to, but not so close to a city that light and noise pollution drive away all the best game. When you finally find a promising parcel, learn all the zoning and hunting restrictions that may impact how freely you’re able to enjoy hunting there.

You would ideally buy hunting land that is adjacent to other parcels of hunting land, public or private, as these are most likely to attract of good game. (You probably want to avoid parcels next to vegetarian summer camps.) Finally, you’re going to want to talk to the locals! Gun shops and bars with lots of pickup trucks parked outside are both great places to ask questions about the surrounding land’s hunting potential.

Know the Land

Do you plan on building a camp on your hunting land? Then your parcel should have at least one flat, dry spot that is suitable for construction. Better yet, this construction-friendly area would be on the edge of the parcel so as to avoid disrupting the wildlife, and also be near a preexisting road from the same reason.

As you might imagine, determining whether game actually lives on potential hunting land is very important. The best hunting land will have a source of water to attract game, as well as plants to produce food for your preferred game. Deer in particular favor land with lots of tall grass and thick brush where they can hunker down and take shelter.

Buying their own hunting land is one of the greatest milestones an outdoorsman can achieve. The Boll Realty team in Ottertail, Minnesota is honored to have helped so many people own their own hunting grounds since 1975. If you would like our services buying or selling hunting land, lakeside property, farmland or cabins in Otter Tail County, then we welcome you to contact us today!