What’s it like living up here in NW Wisconsin? (going hunting)

As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, there’s lots of public land in NW 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—especially on the opening day of gun deer season, and even on the opening day of grouse season. But if you bow hunt, you have more opportunity to be by yourself out there. And if you enjoy bird hunting and you live up here, you don’t need to wait until Saturday morning.

Depending on the hours you work, you may be able to get out for an hour or two on a weekday afternoon. (If you’re retired, of course, then you have the entire day, every day. So don’t complain.) During the week, it’s going to be quiet out there.

Sunday afternoons are great; a lot of people are watching football games instead of going out hunting.

You’ll find that a lot of people in this area hunt; it’s part of the culture. If you don’t hunt, that’s OK. But if you do, there’s an instant topic for small talk. It’s even better than the weather or football.

If you don’t hunt, don’t be alarmed if you see a lot of people wearing camouflage or blaze orange. It’s the fashion. (And by the way, around here, people just call it “camo.”)

If you live on a body of water that has a lot of marshy shoreline, you’ll also see a lot of people out hunting ducks or geese. Actually, you probably won’t see them; they’re wearing camo. And they probably motored out to their duck blind about 4 am, while you were still sound asleep. They may return to the landing after dark. But if hunting is good, you could hear a little gunfire now and then. On weekends during duck season, we never need to set an alarm clock. But don’t be alarmed. Unless you’re a duck, you’re perfectly safe.

We also have a few bear hunters in NW Wisconsin. Some hunt bears over bait; others with hounds. If you hear hounds baying out in the woods, they’ve probably picked up a bear’s scent. And if you ever encounter a bear hound that seems lost, don’t take it home or give it a ride to the pound. It will be reunited with its owner eventually. That lump on its collar is a special transmitter; the bear hunter has a tracking device, and may be driving up any moment.

Finally, expect to see some extra activity during the gun deer season. If you don’t hunt, it doesn’t mean you have to cower indoors all week. But take some sensible precautions; don’t go for long walks in the woods while wearing your favorite brown or tan coat.

Your new favorite color will be blaze orange. Invest in an inexpensive orange vest, and keep taking your daily walks. You’ll need them after all that Thanksgiving turkey with dressing.

If you hunt, convenient hunting on abundant public land is an extra benefit of living up here. If you don’t hunt, and if you’re from the city, it could be an adjustment. This will be something many of your new neighbors enjoy doing every fall.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll want to give it a try yourself. If not, that’s OK. But they’re all part of living in Northwestern Wisconsin.

If you’re looking for some private hunting land of your own, visit www.JeanHedren.com for available 5+ acre parcels in Douglas County, WI or Washburn County, WI.

2011 Wisconsin whitetail deer hunting season

2011 Wisconsin whitetail deer hunting season – season dates for deer and other game animals.

Shop Where You Fish (or hunt, or go relax at the lake, or…)

In the October 2009 Field & Stream, you’ll see a fun cover story titled “Welcome to Deer Camp.”  One of the “Camp Philosophy” sidebars caught my eye; its title was “Support the Locals.”  Although that particular deer camp was in Upper Michigan, the basic idea would sure work around here.  Check it out:

“A few days before they arrive, members of Stevens Camp fax a list to Sune’s market, a local grocery.  The goods are bagged and ready to go when they get there.  The tab generally runs around $1,000.  ‘It might cost a little more than bringing groceries from home,’ says camp member Rodney Driggett. ‘But if you support the locals, they appreciate it.’  That spirit extends to philanthropy.  The camp donates a few bucks to local charities, such as the local volunteer fire department and the Drummond Island Sportsman’s Club.  ‘Folks take care of us now,’ says Chuck Decker.  ‘Keep an eye on the cabin. Pull us out of the mud.  And you should see what Sune’s does with our groceries.  Our T-bones look like porterhouses.’”

What a great camp philosophy!  (And not just for deer camp, by the way.)

In Northwest Wisconsin, most of the smallest grocery stores have computers and fax machines.  (How do you think they order their stuff?)  If not, we do have mail delivery out here in the woods.  Ask about pre-orders next time you’re up here.

And if you don’t always get around to planning that far ahead, consider leaving for the hunting shack—or, as the case may be, your cabin at the lake—a half-hour earlier.  Shop where you play.

By the way, that $1,000 grocery tab for those guys hunting the UP?  Your mileage may vary.  That was for six or eight hungry hunters staying the entire week.  It may have also including a few cases of “refreshments.”  Those are available in Northern Wisconsin, too—at most grocery stores, and even one or two hardware stores.  Plus, we do have a few taverns and liquor stores that would appreciate your business.

And if you prefer wines from the top shelf, you might be pleasantly surprised at the selection you’ll find at certain liquor stores—and even grocery and hardware stores.  For decades, these stores have been catering to the vacationers, weekenders, and, yes, locals who do have more sophisticated palates.  If you know your Beaujolais from your Boone’s Farm, don’t despair.

As for fresh venison, however, you’re on your own.  So good luck, good fishing, and bon appetit!

WI gun deer hunt season up 11% according to DNR

Hunters register a preliminary tally of 218,144 deer over nine-day season  Read the full story from the WI DNR.

Jean Hedren
Edina Realty Inc.
Gordon, Wisconsin

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What does hunting land cost per acre in Douglas County Wisconsin?

What does hunting land cost per acre in Douglas County Wisconsin?

The cost of hunting or vacant land per acre in Douglas County Wisconsin is an average of $1035/acre.

This average price is based on 10 parcels sold in the past 12 months (11/09 to 11/10) of 20 or more acres. This is an average cost/acre. The lowest sold at $675/acre; the highest sold at 1932/acre. Prices will depend on the location and quality of the land.

How does this compare to other counties in Wisconsin?

Buffalo County is renowned for extraordinary conditions favorable to growing huge antlers. Five or so years back, the best parcels near Mondovi sold for $5000 and higher per acre. Today, those prices have come down, but still are higher on average than other Wisconsin counties. The average price/acre is currently at $3400 based on 18 parcels of 20+ acres sold in the past 12 months. The low to high range is $2450 to 4641 per acre.

Chippewa County – the average price per acre is $1864 based on 17 parcels of 20+ acres sold in the past 12 months. Low to high is $785 to 3675 per acre.

Looking for good hunting land? There are many good parcels available in Douglas County offered at exceptional values. Start your search at www.JeanHedren.com for listings in Gordon, Wascott, Minong, and Solon Springs, or throughout Douglas County.

I am a full-time REALTOR® with Edina Realty Inc. located in Gordon Wisconsin, helping Buyers and Sellers with homes, lake homes, and hunting land for sale in the Gordon, Wascott, Minong, Solon Springs, Barnes, and other area communities of Douglas, Washburn, and Bayfield Counties in Northwest Wisconsin.  Visit my website at http://www.JeanHedren.com, where you can search for homes, lake homes, and hunting land in Northwest Wisconsin.

Today is WI fishing opener; it’s time to start shopping for hunting land right now.

Yes, I’m serious.  And it doesn’t matter that today is May 1, the earliest Wisconsin fishing opening date in recent memory.  Right now is a great time to begin your search for hunting land.

Even here in Northwestern Wisconsin, the trees are already leafing out.  To really visualize what the woods will look like after the leaves fall in October, you’ll need to use your imagination a little bit.  The good news is that the forest understory hasn’t really sprung up yet.  There’s a lot less brush to wade through than there will be in August.  It’s easier to walk around, and it’s easier to see what’s out there.

We haven’t had much rain this spring; most low areas are relatively dry.  The mosquitos and deer flies aren’t out yet.  Even on a still, sunny day, it’s cool enough to be comfortable walking around out in the woods.  It’s a great time to be exploring what just might be your new hunting land.  Why wait until August?

I understand.  Since fishing season just began today, hunting might be the last thing on your mind right now.  Still, there are plenty of reasons to not procrastinate until August or September.  If you decided after last season that it’s finally time to find some hunting land of your own, then now is a great time to start looking.

Keep in mind that it may take some time to find the hunting land that’s right for you, make an offer, and close the deal.  All of that has to happen before you can put up stands, clear shooting lanes, and make any other improvements.  (And if you plan to put in food plots this year, then you’d really better get going.)

I’m listing a number of fine hunting properties right now.  (I’ll also be happy to show you those listed by other Realtors.)

  • 80 acres in Wascott
  • 129 acres in Mason
  • 155 acres in Dairyland
  • 288 acres in Gordon

For details, and to see more of my listings, go to www.JeanHedren.com.  There, you’ll also find links to my YouTube video tours.  Check them out, and give me a call.