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Tips for Buying Deer Hunting Land

Herein we will explore the most important considerations when it comes to buying deer hunting land for sale.

#1. Location

For the most part, this point is straightforward and simple enough to understand without much explanation. The land you purchase should some distance away from the city, but not too far that you need to take a flight or spend the whole day on the road. Consider travel costs when making your purchase.

Our recommendation is to look for land that us about 3 hours from your home. With such distance, you can leave early in the morning before daybreak and set out for hunting before sunrise. Importantly, you can comfortably get back home after the hunt. Being able to get back home is important if you have not yet built a cabin on the land.

In the same light, you should ensure there are accommodation facilities such motel and hotels in close proximity to your land, should circumstances forces you to stay overnight. For instance, when you have to track a wounded animal. Take a look at this surplus database for hunting land for sale

#2. Land Layout

On the land layout front, you should consider the traffic pattern of humans using the land as well as the traffic pattern of deer. If you plan to add a cabin on the property, ensure you have a level spot that is dry as well to build the structure.

A good location for your cabin is on the roadside of the property. Such a location will negate spooking deer as you drive into and out of your property. It makes little sense to build your cabin in the middle of your property unless your priority is beyond hunting.

Additionally, you should think of adding food plots in your property. As such, ensure machinery can access parts of the property you want to add the food plots.

#3. Food

Deer need a supply of food and water all year to not only survive but also thrive. For deer food, you should know that it is much easier to work with what you got rather than trying to add such resources after purchasing the land. Planting these food resources will cost you extra.

Individuals interested in whitetail deer hunting should look for perennial wood plants, leafy vines, low hanging trees, brushy shrubs and other types of bush-style vegetation. These food resources form the largest percentage of the deer’s diet.

For fruits, you should look for hickory that produces nuts, oaks for their acorns, berries and other fruits that grow across the U.S. Thereafter, look for plants that farmers consider as herbaceous and weeds. Such plants have broadleaf’s and produce flowers. The food resources the land should have is grass and grass-like foods. Finally, there should be foods farm fields or food from food plots.

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#4. Water

Water is crucial to have in your deer hunting land. However, it might be a necessity if your neighboring property has water. Nonetheless, you can dig wells and set up ponds in your land if you want to provide deer with access to water within your land. Keep in mind that you will incur the cost of hauling the water to the pond. If that is the case, you must factor in such costs while purchasing the land.

#5. Cover

Deer take cover during the daytime. Thick swamps, tall grasses, and heavy bushes offer excellent cover. However, if the property lack such resources, you can hinge cut small trees. Hinge cutting is the process of cutting a tree 4 feet above the ground and leaving the felled tree attached to the stump. This will create a cover for deer if the property consists of a lot of open fields.

That said, you should note that deer love the pine-needle bedding and low-lying branches. Swampy sections of land with tall grass will also attract deer as they love to lie down on such environments.

#6. Game Sign

Finally, you should look for signs that deer do come to the property. Droppings, trails, and buck scrapes are good signs of deer presence. Keep in mind that deer might only be traveling through the property. They might be feeding in one property during daytime, moving through the property during nighttime, and lying in another property the following day.

If you can set up trail cameras before buying the property, you get a better idea of the deer movement during the day and at night.