Getting Top Dollar for Your Forestland, Setting the Stage

Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

An important step in Selling Hunting or Recreation Landforest

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.


forestWell 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.

For 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.forest

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, also, most of the food that attracts wildlife is located on the trails and in the open areas.  

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 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.forest
  • 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.

Many 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 temporary can be constructed.



 When you are serious about getting the Top Price for your hunting land, call the professionals at Woodland Management Service and Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities.

We can help you stage your hunting land for a quick and profitable sale.



Comments (11)

James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Bob.

Back when I was hunting, I looked for those signs so I would know where to stop and be silent.  Waiting for hte game to come to me.  

Aug 01, 2021 02:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Forestland owners are in very good hands when they seek your professional advice and assistance.

Have a productive August.

Aug 01, 2021 05:34 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You definitely know how to get people top-dollar for their forestland, they should listen to you!  Happy Birthday!

Aug 01, 2021 05:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob, since I know virtually nothing about selling hunting or recreation land, I found your post very interesting to read. Now I at least know a little something.

Aug 01, 2021 05:43 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /

Wonderful post, so has raw land exploded like resales? Bill 

Aug 01, 2021 05:59 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Never gave it a lot of thought, but staging vacant land can be as important as staging a home. Enjoy your day.

Aug 01, 2021 06:12 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I totally agree about animals preferring an easy trail. There's a road near me that goes through the forest, and the amount of footprints on that road are amazing!

Aug 01, 2021 06:16 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob Crane, If I saw a big buck on the land I think I would be interested in the land.  The only thing is I do not not hunt any more but would have my camera with me.


Aug 01, 2021 08:06 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for the education on what is needed in forestland.  Ron and I have explored forest lands in Europe and loved the trails.  A

Aug 01, 2021 08:56 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Bob,  I always try put an aerial and rough mapping to help those viewing a property.  Many will make a point of thanking for the leg up.  Good points on your post.  Mark

Aug 01, 2021 12:15 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Bob great tips.  Your knowledge of forrest land, and the Real Estate Market can clearly been seen in this blog.

Aug 01, 2021 03:37 PM