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A Key Ingredient in Selling Hunting or Recreation Land

Bob has put some great points on the table about hunting and recreational lands.  It isn't just about the trees we see.  Take a look and see what you need to know

A Key Ingredient 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.
  • 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 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 we can help you and your agent to stage your hunting land for a quick and profitable sale.






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row of trees

Bob Crane

 Woodland Management Service


 2933 Church St

 Stevens Point, WI 54481






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Comment balloon 5 commentsWilliam Feela • March 07 2016 02:41PM


So many things that we would not normally think about unless dealing with all the time.  mark

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 over 4 years ago

Bob Crane  brings out topic that would not normal be found on a strictly real estate platform.  That makes ActiveRain so special.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 4 years ago


Great choice to re-post Bob Crane blog on selling hunting or recreation land.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this Bill, being the Hunting Land Expert in your part of Minnesota, this should be helpful for your clients.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 4 years ago

Bill, great re-blog...Bob writes some great open land blogs

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 over 4 years ago