FAQ - How important is Access When Selling Hunting and Recreational Land?

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FAQ - How important is Access When Selling Hunting and Recreational Land?forest

The Third Most Important Attraction for Selling Hunting Land


I have spent a lot of time over the years looking at land for Sellers, Buyers, Agents and Myself and I think that I have learned a few things about what makes a great recreation parcel. And my third rule of selling great hunting parcels was also covered extensively in my Forest Recreation classes in college.


Well Planned Trails


Well planned trails can make a huge difference in selling a property, it highlights the important parts that you want your buyer to see, it provides easy and clear access to all of the property, and it provides better wildlife habitat.


forestFor us Foresters we are used to coming to a parcel, knowing where the boundaries are and how to access it without little amenities like well-marked boundaries and clear trails.  But the average person who does not work in the woods, who does not have extensive knowledge of surveying or experience in bushwhacking, that first impression of a dense forest can be daunting when they get out of their car.


Deer and other wildlife also spend most of their time on these trails.  Although most wild critters enjoy the security of being near the deep cover of heavy brush, they really don’t like to walk through it any more that we do, and most of the food is on the trails and open areas too.  forest


A good Forester, like those at Woodland Management Service, can guide you as you plan out an install great trails on your property. 


These trails should:


  • ·       Provide access to all of the different forest types and attributes on the property.
  • ·       Indicate clearly when the visitor is on or off of the property, some trails will be completely on the property and others will cover several properties, boundaries should be clearly indicated.
  • ·       Highlight all of the special features of the property, including wildlife habitat, timber types, recreational opportunities, scenic vistas, and anything else that makes your property special.
  • ·       Include a map to indicate where the visitor is at while they tour the property.
  • ·       Make walking through the property enjoyable, rather than an adventure where they walk out of the woods bruised, bloody, and ripped up.

forestMany of the trails on our clients properties are installed in conjunction with thinnings or harvests of timber, however sometimes scheduling prohibits this before the trails are needed.  In those cases a quick and easy trail like the one described in the video below is more appropriate.


When you are serious about getting the Top Price for your hunting land, call the professionals at Woodland Management Service and we can help you and your agent to stage your hunting land for a quick and profitable sale.









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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Bob - This is not something we think about much here in Orange County though I can see the importance.

Aug 29, 2013 05:01 PM #1
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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I never really thought about the needs for making a forest presentable for sale. Your post makes a lot of sense Bob.

Aug 29, 2013 05:40 PM #2
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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You make a lot of sense, especially the part about the trails. When you can give a prospective buyer access it makes the property that much more appealing.

Aug 29, 2013 06:38 PM #3
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I like the clear way that you title your blog posts...I always know what I am going to get :-0

Aug 29, 2013 11:10 PM #4
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Good Morning Bob!  I have no experience selling this type of property but I am enjoying the information you are sharing.

Aug 29, 2013 11:30 PM #5
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Bob the pictures are to die for. I could hardly read your words as I kept looking at the wonderful treat Mother Nature (and your excellent photography provided). I really like the water and trail shots, so sharp and well thought out.

In Chicago Land where I work, land is not so easy to come by. The land selling point your post refers to is very true and an excellent one at that. We are almost neighbors, my little brother went to music camp at Stevens Point years ago.

Have an excellent weekend.

Aug 30, 2013 07:43 AM #6
Sara Wagner
The Woodland Companies - Adams, WI
Stevens Point Rentals

Hi Bob, I am enjoying going through some of your early blog posts and reposts and getting ready to start doing some posts myself soon.

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