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#5700412 - 04/14/15 09:42 PM Give me your insight
hermano W Offline
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Registered: 06/24/12
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Loc: Austin County
Is it a good idea to purchase a hunting property that is surrounded by the national forest, or would it be better to buy a property surrounded by private landowners.

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#5700657 - 04/15/15 07:03 AM Re: Give me your insight [Re: hermano W]
maximus_flavius Offline
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Registered: 04/24/13
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National Forest!

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#5700679 - 04/15/15 07:24 AM Re: Give me your insight [Re: hermano W]
cameron00 Online   content
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Loc: Texas
National Forest every day of the week.

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#5700899 - 04/15/15 10:24 AM Re: Give me your insight [Re: hermano W]
Famous Flames Offline
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Registered: 08/22/14
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What are you primarily hunting and what is the size of the property you are acquiring?

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#5700909 - 04/15/15 10:29 AM Re: Give me your insight [Re: hermano W]
hermano W Offline
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I am considering a place that is a little over 40 acres and is bordered by the national forest on 3 sides. My thought was to plant a food plot near the center of it and hunt deer. Since it is all wooded, I may try just putting a feeder year round in the center so I wouldn't have to do as much work clearing as a food plot would require.


Edited by hermano W (04/15/15 10:32 AM)

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#5701481 - 04/15/15 04:04 PM Re: Give me your insight [Re: hermano W]
maximus_flavius Offline
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As it sounds, I'd clear a little spot in the middle & put a protein & corn feeder.

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#5701550 - 04/15/15 04:46 PM Re: Give me your insight [Re: hermano W]
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Ok playing devils advocate here, but let's say you get this piece of property and work it up to be a deer fantasy land. What would keep people from finding it and hunting the fence lines. With a place 40 acres big, it would only take three guys to surround your fenced land and keep all the deer away.

How do you prevent that? Is national forest huntable land (maybe that solves the problem right away)

I have thought about this exact scenario many times and this thought keeps creeping in my mind. The thought of having property surrounded by no neighbors is enticing though!

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#5701648 - 04/15/15 05:32 PM Re: Give me your insight [Re: hermano W]
trash2 Offline
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Registered: 09/01/12
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Lots of variables here. Could make your place hunt way bigger or may be an invitation for disaster. No way to tell from info given

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#5701797 - 04/15/15 07:03 PM Re: Give me your insight [Re: hermano W]
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Personally, I would prefer to be surrounded by large private landowners. It would be great if your neighbors were management minded or didn't hunt at all. But that's a perfect world situation and isn't that common for a 40 acre place. It could also change in the blink of an eye. Worst case scenario, one of your neighbors could sell and subdivide their land into ranchettes. That would probably put multiple hunters on your fence line. Buying a small property for hunting purposes will always include some risks, but I think a national forest would be a pretty good neighbor. At the least you know that your neighbor situation is not going to change. I wouldn't be opposed to it myself.


Edited by rattler03 (04/15/15 07:05 PM)
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