Turkey season is in our rearview mirror here in the Midwest and that leaves many of us shifting gears, working on food plots and overall land management. For landowners this is when the long hot hours in the fields give way to the dreams of the trophies that will roam your fields and hardwoods in the fall.
It is also the time of year when, as a land sales specialist, I receive calls from outdoorsmen who are looking for the right property to fit their needs. And before you count yourself out of owning ground of your own, you need to understand that in the Midwest you don’t have to own a large tract of land in order to tag trophy whitetails.
A good friend of mine repeatedly states, “give me the right acre and I’ll kill a booner every year.” And honestly, he isn’t lying. Year in and year out he will find a monster buck lurking in small tracts of land that get overlooked. Sure, 500 acres would be nice to manage, but if you can afford 5 acres with a little work and knowledge you can have success as well.
“When looking at smaller acreages to hunt, I like to look for the good funnels that will pinch the deer through my property,” said Land Specialist Brandon Moon. “If the area produces big deer, all you need is the right funnel to bring the deer through.”
Ten acres with a pond and bedding areas sets up nicely when you have agriculture adjoining the property. With the addition of a food plot you can have a home run.
“A well placed food plot in the center of your property can bring deer in from neighboring properties, and also cause them to bed closer to your property if not on it,” says Moon.
Each region will have its own characteristics and features to look for. However if you can work with food sources, water, and bedding opportunities… you then have a property with potential.
Small tract hunting is simply a different way of looking at hunting. For some this is the way they prefer to hunt. For example, I have a client who looks for property with a mix of tillable ground and hardwoods. Once he buys the property he quickly sells the tillable portion and holds on to the 10 – 20 acres of hardwoods for hunting. This is creative way to hunt trophy whitetails.
So, if you think small tract is for you I wholeheartedly suggest you give this a try.
Michael Wardlaw is a Land and Marketing Specialist with United Country’s Trophy Properties and Auction. As a land owner, journalist, and marketing expert he offers a unique perspective to those looking to buy or sell property in the Midwest. Feel free to visit www.tpalandsales.com or call 314-914-0840 for more fromMichael Wardlaw.