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 for hunting land parcels now available in NW Wisconsin.

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.

WI MU map

Sold: 3 BR country home on 13 acres. 6418 E Cty Rd M, Gordon, WI.

Another home sold in Gordon, WI home – 3 BR, 13+ acres Douglas County forest land. 6418 E Cty Rd M, Gordon, WI. $198,000

3 BR chalet located in the heart of Douglas County Forest Land

3 BR chalet located in the heart of Douglas County Forest Land

Home offers open living space

Open living space with woodburning stone fireplace


Home Highlights

  • 2147 sq. ft. of living space
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Main level master bedroom and bathroom with whirlpool tub
  • Huge walk-in closet
  • 13.79 wooded acres on elevated site
  • Warm knotty pine T & G interior
  • Open concept living space with woodburning stone fireplace
  • Energy-efficient
  • In floor, hot water heating
  • Large windows to enjoy nature
  • Extra large, 36 x 30′ heated 2-car garage with plenty of storage and room for the toys
  • Security system
  • Enclosed 3-season porch
  • New roof in 2011
  • Turnkey – furniture included
  • Located in the heart of Douglas County forest land
  • Ideal location for the avid hunter
  • Plenty of recreational opportunities; close to trails, back roads, and abundant public land
  • Live in the country and commute 40-min to Duluth/Superior; Minneapolis/St Paul are 2.5 hours away

Small Cabin, Large Deer – 35 acres private hunting land Foxboro WI

Small Cabin, Large Deer

Just listed: 9841 S Hwy 35, Foxboro, WI. $74,900

This cabin sits on 35 acres of prime hunting land in Northwest Wisconsin’s Douglas County.  Trails, ponds, stands, and deer are already here.  While walking the gently rolling trails, we’ve seen several does and plenty of large, splay-footed tracks that definitely did not belong to them.

The no-frills cabin is clean and tidy, with zero-maintenance metal siding and roof.  Instead of working on your cabin, you can work on your trails and food plots.  Appliances and furniture are included, as are two storage sheds.

For quick access, the land is located right on state highway 35, in between Danbury and Superior.  You’ll be about a mile up the road from a small tavern that serves great food.  Other neighbors are few—except for the deer, of course.

Just sold in Herbster, WI. South Shore recreation country. 82575 Lenawee Rd, Herbster, WI.

Just sold in Herbster, WI. South Shore recreation country. 82575 Lenawee Rd, Herbster, WI.

Details: 82575 Lenawee Rd, Herbster, WI

List: $175,000
Sell: $161,000

Home sold - 82575 Lenawee, Herbster, WI

Home sold – 82575 Lenawee, Herbster, WI

Quality built 3 BR home has 3 high-efficiency heating sources: off-peak electric, LP gas with central air, and woodburning fireplace insert. Includes 4-5 year supply of cured oak firewood. Large 44 x 28′  3-car garage with 3 10×8′ doors. Private hunting land with deer stand. Minutes from Herbster and the south shore of Lake Superior. Less than an hour from Superior/Duluth; half hour to Bayfield.

Bayfield County home for sale. Herbster WI home for sale

Hunters: It’s not too soon to start searching for private hunting land in Wascott, Douglas County WI

Outstanding Value: 80 Acres of Prime Hunting Land Near Wascott, WI


For now, this is some of the best hunting land in Wascott.  For the future, its potential building sites with great views make it a tremendous investment.

80 acres prime hunting land with creek, trails, ridgelines, and several potential building sites that have easy access and tremendous views. Includes basic 3-season bunkhouse wired for use with a generator. Mix of terrain and trees, including white pine.

What makes this property such an exceptional value? It’s great hunting land, with a number of trails, clearings, and permanent stands.  Even though roads run through two corners of this parcel, the creek valley and meandering ridgelines make this property feel much larger than a mere 80 acres.  It’s plenty large enough for hunting with bow or rifle.

Not far from those two roads, you’ll find several potential building sites with great overlooks of the valley below.  For how, however, some of those sites are occupied by elevated deer stands.  They offer a great view, too.

15420 Lost Lake Rd, Wascott, WI. Details visit