Hunting Land Management Best Practices

Texas is home to millions of acres of excellent wildlife habitat, providing exceptional hunting from the Red River to the Rio Grande. The rub for many hunters, however, is the sheer fact that the majority of that land is inaccessible, resting squarely in private hands and open only to those willing to pay the highest price to gain access and lease hunting rights.

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Good hunting land in the South is always a hot commodity.

Though leasing can be a good option for some (especially if you have a tight budget and need land close to town), there are lots of benefits to owning your own hunting land.

In today’s post, hunting enthusiast Brent Messerschmidt offers his advice on choosing the right amount of acreage for specific wildlife and land features, and what to look for (and look out for) in your perfect hunting property.

How many acres do you need for hunting land?

The amount of acreage needed depends upon 3 things:

  1. The type of wildlife you plan on hunting
  2. Your style of hunting (bowhunting, rifle hunting, etc.).
  3. How many people will be hunting with you.

How many acres do you need for

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In a world of cell phones and tablets, getting kids in the woods is harder than ever. Most folks assume kids would rather zone out in front of a LED screen for hours rather than sit silently in a deer stand.

That may be true for some children. I would argue that by setting realistic expectations, kids can become integral members of your hunting crew. Here are 8 tips to introduce kids to hunting.

1. Before the season starts, take the child with you to prepare for hunting season

This can mean walks in the woods looking for deer sign, preparing food plots or checking trail cameras. I laugh when I look back at old trail cam pictures and see how much my kids have grown.

We would always tell them to keep their hands out of the feeders, but the

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Factors an appraiser uses to determine land value

Below are some of the most important factors a property appraiser considers when determining the value of a property. They can be applied to any land, whether a sprawling private island or a humble 1-acre lot. For land buyers, these factors can help you know whether a property is fairly priced, and to recognize the pros and cons of the land you are considering.

1. ACCESS

Land real estate experts will tell you access is a key factor in evaluating the marketability of a property, because - no matter how great the property is - its use is limited when it’s difficult to reach. When Ryan appraises a property, he asks a series of questions about access:

  • Can the property be accessed by a nearby
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Landowner liability is a real, but manageable threat for Texas landowners.

The Threat

The threat of liability exists anytime landowners open their property to anyone, including family and friends. 

Even though no one thinks it will happen to them, family members sue other family members and friends sue friends. The best strategy is to assume that everyone is a potential plaintiff and prepare accordingly.

Because land is a valuable asset generally protected by insurance, landowners can be a tempting target for plaintiffs’ attorneys.

There’s no way to predict what might happen if someone, regardless of relationship, is seriously injured or killed on landowners’ property. Landowners can find themselves facing huge potential damages if

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Small acreage landowners can still have a big impact for Texas wildlife. “As large ranches get smaller throughout Texas, the only way we can get anything done for wildlife on a landscape scale is to engage small acreage landowners alongside those with larger holdings,” said Tim Siegmund, Texas Parks and Wildlife Private Lands Program Leader who is based in College Station.

According to the American Farmland Trust, Texas is losing productive, open space land faster than any other state in the nation. Fragmentation, the breaking up of larger parcels into smaller ones, is occurring across the state, but is most evident along the I-35, I-45 and I-10 corridors.

“Based on our own surveys and work done by the TAMU Natural Resources Institute, the driving

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Nothing is more peaceful than sleeping in the country. The day normally ends with a vivid sunset displaying a fusion of bright colors. Color combinations vary depending upon the geographical area and solid particle concentration in the air. Observed sunsets in East Texas have had alternating bands of grey and gold ending with a final strip of pink as darkness settles over the landscape. In West Texas, red sunsets commonly occur with an occasional yellow band, collectively resembling fire, followed by alternating strips of blues and greys and then darkness.

When darkness engulfs the countryside, an auditory gift arrives. Nocturnal insects, birds, amphibians and mammals come to life and unite in a chorus of individual notes while they forage for their

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Do you dream of starting your own hobby farm or homestead?

Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at farming as your sole business or side business to help support your family.

If this sounds like you, then you’ll want to familiarize yourself with one of the hottest, fastest-growing trends in farming: the multi-billion dollar business of sustainable agriculture.

With genetically modified crops banned in upwards of 26 countries, and the health and environmental consequences of pesticide-based farming becoming impossible to deny, more and more farmers are turning to progressive, holistic, and common-sense methods of sustainable farming.

But what makes a farm sustainable? And how does a person begin to learn the ins and outs and dos and don’ts

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Texas Landowners and Hunting Lease

An important step often overlooked by Texas landowners and hunters is a close look at the terms of the hunting lease, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural law specialist Tiffany Lashmet.

“If you’re a landowner and you’ve leased out grazing rights and you’re going to have someone else lease the hunting rights, it’s a really good idea to make sure that those two people know about each other,” she said. “That’s important from the hunter perspective, too. You want to make sure you know exactly what your rights are on this property, who else has the right to be there, because it may affect some of the plans you may have for the hunt.”

Having a written hunting lease detailing those requirements prior to the start of the

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When it comes to hunting, the ethics debate rages hot and heavy – and will likely continue ad infinitum. The fact is, hunting is a major sport all over the world, and in many cases, the industry contributes massively to the economy of a large number of third-world countries.

For example, hunting tourism is big business across the African continent. It brings in plenty of people from across the globe who are looking to take down one of the Big Five. The money they bring with them goes to the country’s GDP and to the conservation parks that organize the hunts. In addition, that money and the act of hunting helps the conservation parks to control the number of animals they have.

If you would like to get into hunting we can assist by taking a look at

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Cattle behind a fence on Texas ranch

Every landowner uses their property in a unique way. But one thing is the same across the board: proper fencing around your property is paramount.

Whether you raise livestock, tend crops, host game, or simply live on the land, you need to have proper fencing to enclose the property so everyone and every animal stays safe.

This is a short guide that will help you get started on fencing your Texas property:

Selecting the Right Fence

With so many options, it’s hard to know which type of fencing is the best for you. When selecting the right fence, you need to consider several different factors, including its purpose, cost, and upkeep, just to name a few.

Wood Fencing

wooden fence on texas ranchWooden fencing is a traditional choice that is extremely attractive and

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