For those Americans who enjoy hunting wild game, the chance to own one of the hunting properties in their state may be a once in a lifetime opportunity. There are a few reasons why it is a favorable choice. Suffice it to say that land is one of the few things that can be counted on to endure for generations, especially when looked after properly.
Where do you hunt wildlife?
If you are a veteran hunter, it is likely you have a favorite spot or two you like to go to when hunting season begins. Admittedly, an area may become favored due to the game found; for the ease of getting to; the small number of other hunters; or because you are familiar with where the boundaries are for private properties. It is likely that over the years there has been an increase in foot traffic through the areas you visit, or that property boundaries have changed as land was bought.
What do you like to hunt?
The average adult associates deer with hunters. And while it is perhaps a popular choice due to its size, there are plenty of other, smaller critters that are more numerous. These include foxes, muskrats, raccoons, squirrels, long-tailed mink, coyotes, crows, and blackbirds. Hunting properties are home to many different types of animals available for hunting. But owing one of your own hunting properties allows you to hunt year-round, and without a permit.
Looking after your land.
The reason a permit is not required on privately owned hunting properties, at least for the owner, is because the animals listed above (and a few others) are seen as a nuisance. While hunting properties allow hunting of certain critters year-round, the main function of the land serve as farm property or as a cattle ranch. And there are perks to both.
If for example, the owner of a hunting property decided to turn a portion of the land into a grazing area for cattle, they would find that the cattle actually help improve the forb production (plant growth), which in turn encourages wildlife to flourish. More wildlife provides more hunting opportunities, and a healthy land. For a cattle ranch, l it takes is some light to moderate grazing.
Cattle ranches are hard work, it is true. The recent 2015 change of allowing S-corporations (small organizations with less than 100 shareholders) to realize built-in gains after five years allow for some helpful breaks when tax season comes around. But if you would rather focus solely on hunting season instead, your very own hunting property could allow you to enjoy it all year long.