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turkish
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Improvements for vacant, wooded hunting land
I have a 45-ac tract in MS that I hunt on. It’s completely timbered with hardwood timber. Previous owner thinned the timber in spots about 7 yrs ago.

I like the land, but my long term plans are to trade up for more acreage. Prospects of neighbors selling is slim. What are smart improvements to invest in that will help me sell and maybe sell for more $$, when the time comes?

I personally have no plans to have a dwelling there, but it could accommodate one nicely. Should I spend the money to clear, construct a campsite? Water and power are available, though I don’t have a meter installed for either. There’s really no spot conducive to a lake/pond. There are currently no openings or food plots, and I don’t plan to install any until the timber is thinned again in a few years. Road system is good, as I have had a dozer guy do quite a bit of work.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Spruce up the entrance maybe? What else?


LEASTBAY
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re: Improvements for vacant, wooded hunting land
Take alot of pics with huge bucks and include that in the listing.


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fillmoregandt
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re: Improvements for vacant, wooded hunting land
Accessibility (road system) and features like food plots, fields, etc.


Electricity and water would also be selling points.


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baldona
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re: Improvements for vacant, wooded hunting land
Honestly man, if it’s raw land as an investment I don’t think there’s much you can do to make your money back with appreciation. I see land with a shitty house for sale all the time for absurd values, like dude I can buy raw land and build a much better house for much less.

But then again maybe I can’t because a lot of shite costs more than you originally estimate, and many people don’t put that into account.

Long story short, if you truly want to develop the land the best thing to do is make it into a subdivision...divide it into multiple smaller lots and sell them for more. I don’t think that’s what you want, but unless you are talking high end properties I don’t know if there’s much you can do as an investment.


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re: Improvements for vacant, wooded hunting land
Not what people want to hear but it’s true


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turkish
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re: Improvements for vacant, wooded hunting land
Actually my observations are much the same. Was curious for feedback of whether I was off base.


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footballdude
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re: Improvements for vacant, wooded hunting land
Put in a power meter and a water meter.

Build a SMALL camp just big enough to sleep in.
Get a portable building delivered and finish out the inside to make into a camp.
Shelves, bunks, window unit a/c.
Keep it cheap (under $5k) and make sure you can move it if needed.

When you are ready to move up to a larger property, you have 3 options.
1. Price the land and camp separately
2. List the camp on web sites as "for sale needs to be moved"
3. Pay someone to move it to your new land (if close enough)




snake2985
Member since Jan 2011
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re: Improvements for vacant, wooded hunting land
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Put in a power meter and a water meter.

Build a SMALL camp just big enough to sleep in.
Get a portable building delivered and finish out the inside to make into a camp.
Shelves, bunks, window unit a/c.
Keep it cheap (under $5k) and make sure you can move it if needed.


This is exactly what I did. I found a 12x20 shed that someone had already finished out for $2000 and paid $1500 to move it. Now I have somewhere to stay for a long weekend and I can bring the kids and everyone is comfortable. I think it improved the value of my place $25K at least that what the parish accessor thinks


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Larry Gooseman
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re: Improvements for vacant, wooded hunting land
I have no experience but this thread got me thinking about what improvements I would do if I had a tract of land that sized.

Regulation skeet and/or trap. I can't imagine it costs that much.


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footballdude
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re: Improvements for vacant, wooded hunting land
Other ideas:

Set up a shooting lane for handguns/rifles
Build a heavy bench to shoot from with a simple tin roof to keep the sun off.

Set up a field for skeet

Mark out trail(s) for atv riding

Build a fire pit
Camp fire + wiskey = fun




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