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How to Find the Ideal Hunting Property
by Brandon Swartzlander
Midwest Farm & Land Company
When it comes to hunting, Illinois has a lot to offer, but hunters know that Illinois is particularly popular for whitetail deer, waterfowl, and wild turkey. Whether you’re an expert or a novice, there’s nothing quite like hunting on your own land. If you’re looking for hunting properties in the Prairie State here are some important characteristics to keep an eye out for read more…
Over the years every celebrity on every television hunting show has made his or her way to the Golden Triangle of Pike, Brown, Adams and Schuyler counties in pursuit of trophy whitetail deer. The Golden Triangle in Central Illinois has become so fabled that non-residents now pay fifteen times as much as residents to experience some of the best deer hunting in America. One way to chase those monster whitetails and beat the high cost is to purchase timberland and hunting farms in the Land of Lincoln.
Not all the prairie land in Illinois is used to harbor whitetail deer and turkey. In recent years new owners have been buying up cropland and planting grapes – in 1997 there were only 12 wineries in the entire state. Today there are nearly 100, enough to spawn Illinois Wine Trails across the state. For those seeking traditional fertile, income-producing acres Illinois is still chock-full of tillable land for wheat and corn. Many come with ponds and parcels range up to hundreds of acres.
Northwestern Illinois, which was not scoured by retreating glaciers in the last Ice Age, features depressions and hillocks that rise to over 1,000 feet. This variable land is used for agriculture, private hunting preserves, horse farms, waterfront property, and vacation retreats. All carry a wide range of price tags.
Still, most of the land sales in Illinois take place in Cook County, home to Chicago. The Windy City so dominates Illinois that everything outside the city is referred to as “downstate” – even towns like Rockford that are geographically north of Chicago. Most of the Cook County undeveloped lands are small building lot parcels; not many hunting tracts hiding here.