Many avid hunting enthusiasts are finding it increasingly difficult to locate prime hunting land on which to practice the sport freely. As the availability of hunting land continues to dwindle, so too is the ability of hunters to affect the quality of the hunting as a result of limited or no authority to create food plots or improve marginal habitats to support various species. As a result, many hunters and hunting groups are buying hunting land to proactively manage the resources as they see fit.
While some hunters may consider leasing hunting land for a short-term hobby, more serious hunters looking to change the availability and access to prime hunting territory would get more for their money in the purchase of high-quality land. When considering a purchase of hunting land, potential buyers must understand how to best evaluate the quality of the plot before offering a down payment. The value of hunting land is not only determined by the population of animals inhabiting the plot, but also the natural resources available and types of properties nearby.
Quality of Wildlife
The population size of wildlife dwelling on the land is a top concern for most hunters looking to buy. Quality and abundance of wildlife can be determined by asking the seller of the land and hoping for an honest answer, or through research and comparisons to similar plots. Local wildlife experts and biologists can be a valuable resource when determining animal populations, as well as seeking the opinion of hunters who have sported on the land or neighbors in the community.
Water and Terrain Important
Accessibility of water both standing and as rainfall is also an important factor to consider when purchasing hunting land. Based on the animals to be hunted, buyers should check to see if the property comes with water wells, its proximity to rural water or the depth of fresh potable water available. Without access to water and sustainable rainfall, animal populations may fluctuate due to rises and dips in ecosystem growth.
Likewise, the terrain of the land can also impact the success of hunters. Hunting experts agree that there must be a balance maintained for the development of quality wildlife. Certain animals thrive in high altitudes and thick forests, while others prefer open plains or desert conditions. The terrain must be favorable for desired species to inhabit, and easily maintained by the owner for prolonged success and enjoyment.