Anyway, I am looking at purchasing some land and was hoping for a little guidance...
I'm looking at purchasing around 40 acres (i know its not a huge amount of land but land ain't cheap. LOL) . I'm hoping to clear about an acre or two for a small cabin, play in the remaining 40 during the spring and summer and hunt during the fall. I was originally looking at the UP. My concern with that, is after looking at the success rate in the UP via their DNR, and also the absence of doe tags (I know its all about the bucks, but for me, its also about the meat at the same time) I'm worried that, A) I'd come up dry more times than not, and B) when my sons are younger, they will either get bored with the lack of Bucks to shoot, or C) they will get bored of not being able to shoot anything (hence why I would like an area with doe tags).
I have started looking for the same size land in central WI. As you know the price of land there is about twice what it is in the UP. With all that being said (I know its such a long email, and if you took the time to read it all I truly aprecaite it), if you were looking at purchasing 40 acres, build small cabin/play/hunt and still have kids be able to have sucessfull hunt (regardless of doe or buck) which direction would you go? Also, from reading ur site and watching ur videos, I know for the most part what to look for, but is there anything I should stay away from, ie. mostly low lands, all agg lands with minimal forest?
Again, thanks for reading this if you made it all the way through and I hope to hear from someone soon.
I bought land 3 years ago in Delta County due to the price compared to WI. Yes, the land sucks (cedar swamp for the most part) but it does hold lots of deer and it holds bears. I've been able to get some land cleared and food plots put in and they have attracted more deer. My son and I are rarely shut out sightings wise per sit. He's killed 4 deer (2 bucks and 2 does) in the 2 years and could have killed many others. I have passed on killing any because we don't need that many deer. There are lots of doe tags in my DMU in Delta County. We buy them over the counter.
The UP, in my experience and where I have hunted, is not loaded with trophy size bucks. We are not trophy hunters so that has not mattered to us.
I think you will find the price per acre in central WI to be far more than most places in the eastern UP. For example, I paid $100k for 90 acres and a 4 year old cabin (24' x 30' with an upstairs, electric, no water). Most land in WI goes at least $2k per acre unless you are way north with the wolves and reduced deer herd.