Handy hunting reference – 2018 Wisconsin Hunting and Trapping Seasons

2018 Wisconsin Hunting and Trapping Seasons dnr.gov

Scouting for hunting land in NW Wisconsin

Here’s a quick overview of the questions you’ll want to consider for a particular piece of hunting land.

  • Are there deer here? The first time you visit a property, you’ll obviously be looking for tracks and signs. If it’s that time of year, you’ll also be looking for scrapes and rubs. (Of course, if it’s already that time of year, you probably should have started looking sooner so you’ll be ready for hunting season.) But even in the spring and summer, you may be able to spot traces of old scrapes and rubs.
  • Could there be deer here? Is this the terrain and habitat that will draw and keep deer? If not, is the potential there? can you plant, mow, or log to create the right sort of habitat that will make deer want to stick around? Are there water sources on the property? What’s the soil like? Are there places you could plant food plots?
  • Is this a large enough piece of land to meet your hunting objectives? If you hope to invite friends and harvest several deer per year without sending the rest sprinting for refuge on your neighbor’s land, then you’ll want more than ten or twenty acres.
  • Who are the neighbors? How much hunting pressure is there? Do your neighbors hunt their land at all? If so, how many and what type of deer are they harvesting? If they farm, do they plant crops that will attract deer? If so, where? (Keep in mind that in future years the same fields might be planted with different crops.) Is there public land nearby? (If so, that could be good, bad, or both. It all depends.)
  • How is the land being hunted right now? Not at all? “If it’s brown it’s down?” Bucks only? Strict QDM? the answer to this question is least important of all. After you own the land, it’s your call. You’ll also be able to plant food plots and make other improvements. In just a year or two, that could change the number and type of deer you can expect to see.
  • Is there a cabin, home, or building site on the land? Maybe right now you’re just interested in hunting land. But it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead. maybe someday this will be your vacation getaway or retirement home, with great hunting right outside the door.

Why buy hunting land in NW Wisconsin?

It’s true.  There’s a lot of public land up here in Northwestern Wisconsin.  We have state forests, county forests, and lots of paper company land that’s open to hunting.  But the problem, of course, with hunting on public land is that it’s PUBLIC land.  You could end up having a lot of company out there.

We get inquiries about hunting land all year round.  It seems like a lot of them, however, come during the late summer and early fall.  We then get another wave of calls immediately after deer season.  Typically, they’re from someone who’s had a frustrating experience hunting on public land.  Or, sometimes people already own land as part of a partnership or group arrangement.  For one reason or another, they’ve decided it’s time to move on.

Some hunters might choose to spend their money on guided hunts out west, or somewhere in Canada or Alaska.  They hunt somewhere different every year.  I’ve heard it can be a great experience; if that’s for you, then great.  But when you get back, all that’s left is the experience.

Some people see hunting land as a good long-term investment.  If you do, keep in mind that it’s a long-term investment.

But the best reason of all to own hunting land up north is to enjoy a different kind of experience.  Owning and belonging are part of that—being able to improve the land and do whatever you want with it.  I’ve talked with some hunters who seem to enjoy planting and maintaining their food plots as much as they enjoy the actual hunting.  And if you own enough land, it may improve your odds.  Maybe you’ll see more deer, or larger deer with larger antlers.

Most of all, however, owning your own hunting land is all about having a quiet, undisturbed hunting experience.  It’s guaranteed, and you can count on it.

That sort of experience is, as they say in the Visa ads….  Priceless.

Visit www.JeanHedren.com for hunting land parcels now available in NW Wisconsin.

It’s time to hunt for hunting land

It’s time to hunt for hunting land in Northwestern Wisconsin.

Herbster If you’ve long dreamed of owning hunting land here in northwestern Wisconsin, maybe it’s time to stop waiting. And if you’d like to begin hunting on your own land this fall, then it’s definitely time to stop waiting.

That’s especially true if you’re a bowhunter. But even if you’re looking ahead to the gun deer season, November will be here fast. It takes time to hunt for hunting land. Later, even after you’ve found what you’re looking for and your offer’s been accepted, more time will elapse before there’s an actual closing.

(And by the way… If you own hunting land that you’d like to sell this year, please contact me now. It’s not too late for this fall, but sooner is definitely better than later.)

Today it’s going to be in the 80s again. It sure doesn’t feel much like hunting weather. But it’s a great time to begin hunting for hunting land.

Or, to see all my current listings, visit Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin.

Need 77 acres of prime hunting land in NW Wisconsin? 7065 E Cty Rd A, Solon Springs, WI.

77 acres prime hunting land with warm, tidy cabin that’s rustic but well-maintained. No well or septic, but ingenious “barrel, electric pump, and overhead water heater” system provides hot water for shower and kitchen. Trails lead to 3 insulated and heated permanent stands, plus additional ladder stands so you’ll have your pick of perfect ambush sites, no matter which direction the wind is blowing. Adjacent to thousands of acres of public land, much of which is difficult to reach from any other access point.

For more photos and details about this property, click 7065 E Cty Rd A, Solon Springs, WI. Jean Hedren, Edina Realty, NW Wisconsin. 218-590-6634.


2014 deer kill totals were the lowest in 30 years – Spooner Advocate: Outdoors

Full story from the Spooner Advocate: 2014 deer kill totals were the lowest in 30 years – Spooner Advocate: Outdoors.

2014 Wisconsin deer season – Map of Wisconsin deer management units

Click this link for a map of 2014 Wisconsin deer management units and more information about the Wisconsin deer hunting season.

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