Making More Money from Your Land: Fall Festivals and Haunted Attractions
by Mark Bingaman
Now that we have your attention, we at LandHub.com thought we’d offer an observation:
The fall season provides some unique business opportunities for landowners.
The idea certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you have plenty of available land, the spirit of an entrepreneur, a love of the fall and/or Halloween season,
and a desire to make some pretty decent money from property that otherwise may be sitting bare, then perhaps you are a good candidate to design and
run your own fall festival, hayride, corn maze, pumpkin picking, or even a haunted Halloween house.
If you own land – preferably in a rural locale – there is undoubtedly money sitting there waiting for you to claim it, especially at a time of the year
when many farmers, ranchers, and owners of recreational properties see their land begin to morph into hibernation.
Of course, it may be too late this year for development of such a business on your land, but this fall season offers an opportunity to check out similar
We are cutting timber on several tracts in two states as I'm writing this. Though I'm not a logger or a graduate forester, I do know more than the average
bear about timber management. That being said, I still use a professional forester on all of the tracts where we manage timber...always!
Here are the main reason why I do it:
1. THEY KNOW MORE THAN ME. I am an experienced land broker in 6 states and have personally been involved with tens of thousands of acres of timberland.
But the guys I use to help me plan, manage, and harvest timber still know that side of business way better than I.They have seen and experienced countless
situations, in various markets and conditions, on many more acres of timberland than I have. Their insight is likely going to have more depth than
mine in this field.
2. THEY'LL USUALLY PAY THEIR OWN WAY. I have yet to have a situation where the foresters I use haven't exceeded my expectations in the final tally of sales
and condition of the property when the logging was done. The 7-10% they charge me for the work has been offset in the increased level of merchandising
of timber their on-site presence brings. This detail results in better utilization - and pricing - for my timber. They also are able to work their
contacts to get me the best price available in the current market. This all adds up to more to than paying their own way!
It's the time of year when most people who deer hunt in the southeast start thinking about food plots. A few of us look at food plots as a year-around
land management activity, but most folks are content with doing what they can to get something in the ground for the fall and winter. These fall/winter
plots are really harvest plots, not so much supplemental food plots, but they are useful, nevertheless.
Here are two really good resources to help you get the most of the food plots you plant and to help you take them to a more productive level...both for
your hunting enjoyment and for the benefit of the deer and other wildlife that will use them.
One resource is free. It's the "Supplemental Wildlife Food Planting Manual for the Southeast" published by Mississippi State University. Get it HERE.
The other resource is a great book that you will need to fine tune your plant selection, timing, and plot maintenance. I own this book and have used it
so much it's ragged and dog-eared. It's "Quality Food Plots - Your Guide to Better Deer and Deer Hunting." Take a look at it and order HERE.
Pat Porter talks about flagging your own boundary lines on timberland or hunting tracts. While only a surveyor can set a corner, you can mark your own
lines between those corners. It's not that difficult to do it right and get the lines close enough for a well-established boundary line.
Take a look at all Pat's land-related videos at the RecLand Talks video blog.
The Land Info Site will provide tips, information, and resources to help you manage rural real estate. Land management is a on-going process in being good stewards of the ground we own, hunt, lease, farm, and enjoy. There will be a variety of topics and approaches so come back, scroll around, and pick up a good idea or two.
Some of the videos and resources we post here may have information that we wouldn’t completely agree with. Or we may think there is a better way to go
about a particular plan, but that’s OK. We’re not trying to just push only our thoughts but to provide a broad range of material that may have some
benefit to some folks, but not to others. Like an old friend used to say, “Just chew up the meat and spit out the bones.”
We will try to suggest resources that may be useful. Yea, we probably make a little something off of some of the stuff, but we will just promote things
that we believe will provide you with some value.
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Moist-soil research and the development of management techniques has been an expanding process since the early 1900's in the United States. While most
of us view moist-soil management primarily from the perspective of improving habitat for waterfowl and being able to attract and hold ducks, the overall
conservation impact is much broader.
The science of managing moist-soil units has increased dramatically as it has become a major piece of the conservation puzzle. Soil disturbance, water
management with its variables of flooding timing, rate, and duration, and then subsequent drawn-downs (and again with its timing, rate, and duration)
are just a few of the components of properly managing moist-soil wetlands for optimum plant growth, wildlife habitat, and food sources.
WRP land and other types of wetland habitat require land owners and managers to learn some of the required science if they desire to make the most of the
wetland habitat. In addition to the hard and fast science, there are also the nuances and "exceptions to the rules" that are as valid as the science.
These subtle shifts from the printed facts can only be learned, in my opinion and experience, by trial and error and observation as each land manager
applies the science to his particular locale. So, if you you are having a cuckleburr problem, should you begin a draw-down in late April or mid-May
in your area? The facts will give you a general guide...but your trial and error and paying attention to what works...and when...will be where you
will become a better manager.