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Land for Sale in Illinois – Breakdown

Illinois land for sale

Out of all the places to own land in America, some might think “Well why Illinois”. While it may not be a exotic location full of rare animals. It still has many distinct advantages to it. From the deer hunting, to possible timber land, Illinois is a great place to buy land. We have multiple pieces of land for sale in Illinois right now and after reading this article. You’ll be one of dying to see if you can snag a little piece of the prairie state for yourself!

Hunting Advantages

If you have come across this blog in search of your dream property in Illinois, then there is a good chance you are an avid hunter or outdoorsman. Even if you aren’t, knowing about how good Illinois deer hunting is, could end up putting money in your pocket.

Public Hunting

Like many states, the public hunting ground in Illinois is not nearly as vast as its counterparts up north. That does not mean however that is does not exist.

  • North: On the state line with Wisconsin is McHenry County. As one of the five counties surrounding the Chicago area, most of the land is in private hands and probably does not allow hunting. With the small amount of land, success can vary
  • Central: East Illinois has the Clinton Lake State Recreation Area. About 3,693 acres of its 9,300 acres are huntable. The area is a combination of oak/hickory woodlands and open grassland. This combination makes for pretty szeable deer
  • South: Rend Lake, the state property consists of 7,690 acres of huntable land out of the total 12,690 total acreage

All public hunting has its own select rules and regulations on hunting. Make sure to check with he local government before attempting any kind of hunt.

Private Hunting on Illinois Land

While there is definitely public hunting to be found in Illinois, private land hunting is where it is really at. With the ability to hunt, pressure and competition free. You not only will have a better experience hunting, but a much better chance of taking down the big buck you have been dreaming about. Land for sale in Illinois goes fast, so if you see a property, jump on it!

Owning your own piece of private land in deer country is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself as a deer hunter/land owner. Besides the obvious fact that you can have better hunts yourself, what if you’re not a big hunter and just want land in Illinois? The option to LEASE your own land out to hunters has never been easier. With companies like Base Camp Leasing, the process has been simplified. You are just a few clicks away from making thousands of dollars on your Illinois land by leasing it out to hunters who are interested.

Other Income

Besides being able to lease out your land to interested hunters, there are other easy that you can easily make money on your land.

  • Timber Property: If your land has the correct type of timber on it then you may be able to have that processed and turned into money. Who says money doesn’t grow on trees!
  • Camping Properties: 2021 means big things for families and finding new ways to enjoy the outdoors. With camping and other social distanced activities on the raise, turning your piece of private land into a rentable camp site is a huge possibility.

Final Thoughts on Land For Sale In Illinois

Illinois is overall just one of the best places to buy land. WE have multiple properties for sale in Illinois right now, that are going FAST, Get in contact with us and one of our agents today and let US help YOU find the land of your dreams for sale in illinois.

Land for sale in Indiana

Land for Sale in Indiana – Breakdown

Indiana Land for sale

If you are looking for rural land or land to hunt, then Indiana is the perfect spot. From its diverse seasons, to high quality hunting ground, Indiana has proven to be a top destination for hunters and landowners. See what makes land for sale in Indiana so great!

Why Indiana

Deciding to purchase a piece of land for yourself is one of the most important decisions you can make in life. No longer are you confined to the control of landlords or neighborhood authority. You are the master of your domain and the unlimited freedoms that come with being a landowner are life changing. Just knowing you want to own land is not enough. You need to decide where you want your new property to be. At Base Camp Country Real Estate, each of the states we list properties in have their own distinct advantages. This blog will be going over the things that make the land for sale in Indiana different than the rest. As well as why it is a top notch place to invest. Giving the reader all the information that they may need on deciding if the new piece of rural land they want is in Indiana.

Indiana Hunting Advantages

One of the most intriguing aspects of owning land in Indiana is the hunting available. Indiana is quickly on the raise as a home for Big Bucks. With vast areas of public hunting ground in the north and south of the state. There is plenty of options in that regard if public land hunting interests you.

If you are wanting to avoid the competition of public land, private hunting land in Indiana is very popular. With almost no public hunting land in the central parts of the state, owning your own land in Indiana has many advantages. High quality waterfowl and turkey hunting are also common around the state. With many of our own properties giving you exclusive access to your own private bird hunting.

Indiana land for sale

Indiana Land is Profitable

Outside of the fact that much land in Indiana is optimal for hunting. There are other advantages to the land for sale in Indiana. One of those advantages being, the land has the ability to bring in income. There are various methods to turn your property into a money making machine. The easiest way being timber services. When purchasing land you want to look at the timber on the land. That will allow you to see if it the type that would be suitable for timber production.

Another way to make money on your land would be to lease out the hunting rights to it. Companies like Base Camp Leasing have simplified the process completely. Meaning that after you own land, you are just a few clicks away from being able to lease out parts of it for hunting rights. The more land you have and the more suitable it is for high quality hunting, the more you can charge.

We have landowners right now who purchased with us making thousands of dollars on their land. Through timber services and hunting leases, there is no stopping a landowner from making serious money on their property. All while enjoying the freedom that comes with owning land.

Final Thoughts

Purchasing rural land is a great accomplishment for many people. It signals that you live the outdoor lifestyle and are a provider. It gives you the chance to live whatever life you want, free in nature, while remaining a great investment for your future. Knowing you want to own your own land is the easy part. Deciding where you should lay your roots can be more difficult. Indiana is full of amazing hunting and is a solid investment for any outdoorsman.

Country Land For Sale

Country Land For Sale – Why Buy Now

Country land is something that has been along before it even had a name. It is land that has endless possibilities for you and your family. It gives you the ability to have true freedom for whatever outdoor lifestyle you choose to live. At Base Camp Country Real Estate, where everyone lives and breaths outdoors, we fully understand the beauty of owning rural land. Which is why we are so committed to bringing our customers the highest quality country land for sale, at the best prices.

How Country Land Pays YOU

One of the first and most important things about OWNING rural land is the financial possibilities. There are multiple ways to take your purchased land and actually start generating an income.

Timber: If your land has usable timber, that is great for you and your pocket books. Not only will you yourself be able to use the timber for whatever you like. But it van also be sold to others as a way to generate some serious income. You could choose to process it yourself, or higher a professional company to do it for you.

Hunting Lease: Now this is one of the best possible ways to make extra money on your country land. If the land you purchased is hunting ready then you are in luck! Your friends and family will able to use that land for generations and have it set up perfectly for your style of hunts. Or you can use a service like Base Camp Leasing, to lease out portions of your land to hunters. Hunters who are willing to pay some big bucks to be able to use your land for their hunts. Price varies on your acreage and quality of land but making extra side money off hunting leasing is as easy as signing up and letting the professionals take care of the rest!

Is Rural Land for you?

Owning your own piece of rural land, or even a rural home, isn’t just any other purchase. With it comes the amazing lifestyle of an outdoorsman. You gain the ability to provide for yourself and your family off of your own land. Something that most people can never say, and many people wish they could say. If you love being outdoors and in nature, appreciating it for everything it can do. Then looking at country land for sale and becoming educated about the buying process is something you should be heavily considering. Buying rural land is not just a financial investment, it is an investment in you and your families future.

Country Land for Sale

Here is our web page that contains all of the rural land and

rural homes that we have for sale right now. You can chose by acreage, state, county or price. To insure that you find the perfect rural property for your needs. We are CONSTANTLY updating our properties for sale, with new additions coming all of the time.

Our industry leading team of Agents would be more than happy to walk you through the buying process. All while understanding exactly where your needs are coming from and pointing you in the right direction to starting your new future on your very own piece of country land.

Below are pictures of some of our past pieces or rural land. Remember, we are updating our page all the time so k=make sure you check back if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for!

Camping Porperties For Sale

Camping Properties for Sale

2020 changed a lot of peoples perspectives on what fun and entertainment is. With limited access to things that are usually used for family fun, its time to mix it up. The days of water parks and resorts are much more limited than we are used to. Which has led to families finding other means to keep them and their families in a positive spirit. One of those things being camping, at Base Camp Leasing many of our rural land or homes for sale make great camping properties.

Camping is a great way to get your family off of their screens and out into nature! Getting you and your family out camping has more advantages than just nature. Other benefits include

  • When you go camping with friends or family, you get a chance to talk and visit without distraction, even late into the night.
  • Camping itself is a physical activity. Whether it is collecting firewood or setting up the tent, many aspects of camping get you up and active
  • New Skills. Camping gives you the chance to learn do tasks that you would never do anywhere else. Tying knots, fishing, and fire building are jut a few of the things that you and your family could learn when camping.

When it comes to the act of deciding where you’re going to camp and how you’re going to camp you have a few options. The most basic and prevalent type of camping is done at camp sites. Places that are pre-determined and typically outfitted to allow outdoor living for a period of time. These have their place, but with the crowded spaces,limited spots, and often drawn out reservation periods. It is not the most consistently reliable ay to get your family outside. Which is why OWNING your own spot of camping property is becoming the best way to get outside.

Why Buy Camping Property

When it comes to camping property being for sale there are a few things to look for. You want rural land that contains a good amount of natural diversity. This makes owning your own camping spot that much more fun for everyone. If your spot has creeks or rivers you can spend your time fishing and exploring the land.

If your land has suitable timber or you are willing to lease the hunting rights, your property can easily start generating you income. All while you and your family get to enjoy owning your own camping property. If you are interested in hunting, then find a property that could be used for both! We have dozens of properties that are hunt ready right now that would also make a great camping spot.

If you wanted a similar experience to camping but with the amenities of home, we also have rural homes for sale.

Available Land

Check out our available land here, and see what fits your needs best! Hunting, fishing and trapping can be possible depending on the land you get. But camping only requires a few things out of your land! So don’t be shy to jump into the world of camping, do it right and own your own camping property fro the industry leaders at Base Camp Real Estate.

If you have any questions about purchasing a piece of rural land for camping, find your nearest agent and give them a call. As a team of outdoor enthusiasts, we are just as excited to get you and your family out camping as you are!

Clover Plot Management (Habitat Podcast #78 Clip)

 

Hear what Tom James, National Sales Manager of Base Camp Country Real Estate has to say on his favorite clover mix, and his tips on managing a clover plot in this clip from The Habitat Podcast Episode #78.

 

Habitat Podcast: https://bit.ly/2VO4gFC

Project 17 (Habitat Podcast #77)

 

Catch up with the Habitat Podcast and our very own Tom James as he discusses Project 17. A project on Tom’s personal property to transform a 17 acre plot, into a whitetail haven.

Habitat Podcast: https://bit.ly/2VO4gFC

Pros and Cons of No Till Management (Habitat Podcast #77)

 

Catch up with the Habitat Podcast and our very own Tom James as he discusses the pros and cons of not tilling your land.

Habitat Podcast: https://bit.ly/2VO4gFC

Frost Seeding – When, How, and What

By: Patrick McFadden

Frost seeding is the surface placement of seed in late winter into early spring. The freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw cycle and spring rains establish proper quality seed to soil contact. This time of the year, the nighttime temperatures are below freezing and the daytime temperatures are above freezing, causing tiny cracks to form in the earth essentially working the seed into the soil. There is no need for disking or dragging and is an effective way to let Mother Nature do your dirty work, ultimately saving you time and money. Before you head out to frost seed, there are a few things you need to know

 

When should I frost seed? 

Timing can vary from year to year, depending on your location and how long Ole’ Man Winter hangs around. Generally, the best time to frost seed is when there are three to five remaining frosts. Seeding on a thin layer of melting snow is also a common practice.  

 

How do I Frost seed? 

Broadcasting seed with cyclone-type spreaders that are mounted on ATV’s, UTV’s, tractors, or hand spreaders are the most commonly used. Broadcasting clover seed into an established clover field or winter wheat are two very common methods.   

 

What should I frost seed and how much should I broadcast? 

Only a select few seeds work well. Species that germinate rapidly and are small hardy seeds work best; clover is the most common seed used in frost seeding. Red clover is the easiest to use due to its good vigor, shade and cold tolerance. A good second option would be ladino clover. Using a good mixture of clover is also a good option. Using properly inoculated seed, having the soil pH in the proper range, and good soil drainage is also needed to be successful. I normally use these seeding rates. Seed red clover at 4-8 pounds per acre, and ladino clover at 1-2 pounds per acre. If combined, seed 3-4 pounds of red clover plus 1-2 pounds of ladino clover per acre.  

 

Frost seeding is an effective, economical way to improve your food plot program; in fact, it may be one of the most cost effective and energy efficient seeding methods. Good quality seed and the proper conditions will yield great results. I have only mentioned the basics of frost seeding as always do your homework and pay attention to the details and you will be successful.  

 

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Timber Stand Improvement

By: Tom James, National Sales Manager, Base Camp Country

Timber Stand Improvement, or “TSI” for short, is an umbrella term used frequently by professional forestry consultants and woodland managers when discussing methods to improve the quality of a particular woodland property that essentially relies on one fundamental action.  That is the reduction or elimination of non-desirable species that are competing directly with the ones that we want to encourage.

The question most commonly asked by a professional consultant to a landowner would be “what is your primary objective for your woodlands, and what use is most important to you?” The 2 most common responses are “to maximize the marketable trees for optimum profits” and “to create the best and most attractive deer habitat as possible.”  The third and least common is to create an aesthetically pleasing (to the human eye), park-like atmosphere.  Luckily for us hunters and habitat managers the first 2 objectives can go hand in hand and complement each other nicely. Unfortunately the third objective results in a barren landscape, devoid of wildlife food and cover from the eventual maximized shading that a closed-canopy forest creates.  Luckily, the practices for optimizing marketable trees by eliminating competitive, low-value species does several things; It allows precious sunlight to the ground floor causing vigorous growth of nutritious forbs, weeds, and saplings, which conveniently double as ideal hiding and security cover for many wildlife species. It also releases water, sunlight and nutrients that would otherwise be used by competing trees to maximize the health and production of trees such as oaks and other mast producing species to put on good annual growth (maximizing market value) and produce high quality and quantity hard mast crops (maximizing wildlife attraction and sustenance).

So, when digging a little deeper into the methods for TSI, and more specifically, competition reduction, we find that there are a handful of commonly used successful practices. Although selective timber harvesting can actually be considered a form of Timber Stand Improvement when the action removes trees of a lower market grade, but still having some economic value, for purposes of this article we will be discussing the maintenance methods used in between timber harvests:

1.) Vine removal; This involves cutting wild grape and other vines by hand or by chainsaw that climb trees and over a period of time can successfully put such a burden on a desirable tree through shading and sheer weight that it weakens the host tree, stunting its growth and potentially killing it altogether. It’s also commonly recommended that the vine “stump” be treated with a herbicide such as Tordon to kill it and prevent it from sending out new sprouting vines.

2.) Girdling, Ringing, Hack and Squirt; These are all methods used to kill a standing tree without actually felling it.  The girdling or ringing method involves cutting a groove all the way around a tree well under the bark into the cambium layers where the transpiration occurs moving water up and nutrients down the tree.  Many consultants advise creating 2 rings one just above the other to ensure a thorough effective kill.  The hack and squirt method involves cutting a notch into that same tissue of the tree with a sharp hatchet in multiple places around the circumference and “squirting” in some herbicide that will be carried to the roots of the tree eventually killing it. There is also a hybrid method of girdling with a saw and introducing the herbicide into the fresh ring to achieve the same results.

3.)  Foliar and basal bark spraying; is the practice of spraying a herbicide on the actively growing foliage or applying it to the lower trunk area to introduce a killing chemical.  These practices are most commonly used on non-native, invasive brambles, shrubs and trees to eliminate them as quickly as possible. These invasive species are also mechanically removed by machinery if the situation allows.

4.) Finally we are to the method that this article was to focus on and that is Hinge Cutting.  This is the practice of cutting partially through a live, actively growing (most commonly competitive) tree and pushing or pulling it over to lay the trunk down horizontal to the ground. When done properly the tree will remain alive and retain its’ leaves and continue to send out new growth causing it to further “bush out.”  There are several benefits to doing this, the primary reason is that you have essentially eliminated this tree as being a competitor for sunlight to surrounding desirable trees, but now the tree has just created instant cover and possibly browse for the whitetail deer.  To encourage deer to move about under and among hinge-cut trees, the cut should be 4-6 feet above the ground.  This will allow enough space under the horizontal trunk to allow movement.  In certain situations where you want to influence deer to move a certain direction, the trees can be hinged much closer to the ground to create a fence or hedge effect.  It is very important to not cut any further through the trunk than necessary to ensure there is plenty of tissue to support the movement of water and nutrients up and down the remaining trunk. A tool used to hook and pull or push the tree over is invaluable as it is often impossible to push a larger tree over by hand with the lack of leverage the person cutting has. Then cutting the tree further to get it to tip over has greatly reduced its chance of survival.  A property that has undergone a well-executed hinge-cut operation will immediately become more attractive to the resident deer offering great security and escape cover.  Many trees offer desirable leaves, buds and twig ends that will also put a lot of food within reach where it wasn’t before.  But the additional benefit of now having more open canopy to allow the penetration of sunlight will cause an explosion of growth further enhancing the available food and cover on the ground.

Hinge cutting can be done with some very simple basic tools most importantly an easy to operate, light weight chainsaw with a good sharp chain.  The “top handle” professional types make this job a lot easier and effective. It doesn’t require a long bar either, something in the 14” range is ideal, but that is a matter of preference. As mentioned above the hooking tool is very important. A commercially available product available online is the “Habitat Hook”. Several models are available at varying prices. Please don’t forget the safety equipment! Chainsaw chaps to prevent accidental leg cuts when you’re tired or lose balance or control will help deter a serious accident. A hard hat with hearing protection is available everywhere and at farm supply stores and chain saw dealers. Safety glasses are also a must for not only preventing sawdust in the eyes but the constant barrage of twigs coming at your face when pulling over a hinged tree.  It is also a great idea to have a light weight dead-blow hammer and a couple of plastic tree felling wedges to encourage some of the more stubborn hinge-cut trees to go the direction you need them to fall.  Always work with a partner, and evaluate each tree and situation to be sure your action won’t cause a dead limb or a hung-up leaning tree to fall. This is a hugely necessary precaution.

Lastly, if you are new to tree identification it would be a very good idea to get the advice of a professional to help you target non-desirable species (and the good ones!) so that you don’t inadvertently do more damage than good by killing a crop of young mast and timber producing trees. Many species are difficult to identify when they are younger, but with a little guidance to get you started you will soon be able to recognize your targets and the desirables that you need to protect and release from competition.   For more information about hinge cutting and other ways you can improve the habitat and hunting potential on your property, check out the online resource “The Management Advantage” where we cover lots of relevant topics concerning land and wildlife management.