Corder's Corner

Scoping Out Land For Hunting

Public lands are essential and a great way to preserve the tradition of hunting. However, it can be disappointing pulling into a parking pullout only to find it jam-packed with pickups carrying groups of other hunters in bright orange apparel searching for the same trophy bull. Not only is it less peaceful and remote with so many others hunting in the same area, but it’s also a tad scary when shots are fired, and you feel like you’re in the midst of a shootout and need to hit the pavement. What if you could find a property with ample acreage and a resident herd of elk or deer? Land ownership is important if you don’t have easy access to suitable hunting grounds or permission to hunt on private land. Landowners have the right to control access to their property and that includes who they allow to hunt and when. That can put a damper on your plans to hunt during the rut season when the animals are not so concerned with their surroundings.

Land ownership allows you to hunt and allow others to hunt. You can set your own rules and regulations to ensure the land is properly managed and wildlife is protected. Ways you can manage wildlife on your property would be things like planting food plots, managing the population of certain species, and creating a habitat for wildlife. Meeting the basic needs of wildlife is key: water, food, and shelter. Let a portion of the property become brushy and undisturbed. Good timber management will result in better wildlife habitats. Open forest is good for turkey and quail. Controlled burns of forest land on a three-year cycle is a recommended practice to keep out undesirable weeds.

In addition to owning your own piece of paradise to hunt and recreate on, the land can also help provide some income. Many landowners lease out land to hunters. Because the season for different species vary, a good portion of the year can be booked out.

If you’re looking to investigate properties for hunting, be sure to check on the state’s laws regarding hunting on private property. One way to do this is to contact the state’s wildlife agency or department of natural resources. You’ll want to know the basics of regulations, licenses, and tags.

Corder and Associates is licensed in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota. We are happy to help you find your hunting land and determine things that make it a valuable purchase based on your needs and what you’ll be utilizing the land for. We even have a wildlife biologist on staff and several experienced hunters and professionals. Our team is here to serve you so pull the trigger on purchasing land for hunting!

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