Three Tips For Choosing The Best Parcel Of Land To Use For Whitetail Deer Hunting

30 December 2016
 Categories: Real Estate, Blog


If you have been searching your area in hopes of locating a parcel of land that is just right for hunting whitetail deer, you have probably found that the marketing term "hunting land for sale" can be somewhat ambiguous. To the generic land buying public, any parcel of undeveloped or agricultural land might be considered useful for hunting. But experienced deer hunters know that hunting whitetail deer is more successful when the hunt takes place on land that has certain characteristics that attract and support good populations of these animals. These tips are designed to help you narrow your search and have a better chance of finding just the right parcel of land to meet and exceed your future whitetail deer hunting goals. 

A reliable water supply 

Like any animal, whitetail deer herds require reliable access to clean water to keep them healthy and hydrated. While this water supply can take many forms, including fresh water ponds, lakes, streams, springs, rivers, or even drilled wells with water troughs, remember to consider not only the amount of water supplied, but where the water source is located on the land.

Ideally, water sources for wildlife like whitetail deer should be located in relatively secluded areas where they will not be completely exposed to potential risks from poachers, traffic, and dogs, or be easily visible to coyotes, cougars, and other predators while drinking. In addition, the water supply location should be as centrally located on the property as possible to encourage the deer to stay on your property instead of bounding away onto neighboring land where you will may not be allowed to hunt. 

Sufficient forage and mast crops

A plentiful supply of food throughout the year is another feature to look for when searching for the best parcel of hunting land for sale. To do this effectively, look for land that has a mix of food sources that will provide nutrition throughout the year, such as grassy areas that will provide green forage in spring, summer, and early fall and thick stands of acorn-producing trees, such as oaks, to provide mast crops for late fall and winter food. 

Safe cover from predators 

Whitetail deer populations also require safe cover from predators for resting, birthing, and providing a safe place for the young fawns to grow. While the same timber that produces the mast crops can provide part of this cover, areas that are filled with small evergreen trees and thick underbrush can provide safer cover from predators. When looking at property to purchase, make sure that it contains several brush thickets and then be sure to resist the urge to mow those areas, once you become the owner.