Owning Land

Tips and resources for the land owner and property improvement, plus advice and information about wildlife and habitat management, property taxes and more

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The Wild Side of Business: Dealing With Difficult Clients

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Winter Horse Care from The American Quarter Horse Journal

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Is Your Land Orchard-Ready? (Plus: Thanksgiving Cider Suggestions!)

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Blue Bulls & Black Beards: A Guide to Hunting Nilgai Antelope

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The Wild Side of Business: Dealing With Difficult Clients
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Winter Horse Care from The American Quarter Horse Journal
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Is Your Land Orchard-Ready? (Plus: Thanksgiving Cider Suggestions!)
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Blue Bulls & Black Beards: A Guide to Hunting Nilgai Antelope
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Barn Living Combines Modern Home Benefits with Rustic Charm

A barn-style building combines the benefits of a modern home with the rustic charm and function of a timber horse barn.

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7 Ways to Turn Your Rural Home Into an Eco-Friendlier Place of Living

Simply moving to a rural area and getting away from city life does not automatically turn your property green. To truly make a difference that means more than just living in the country, consider these seven elements when you build your rural green home.

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What You Need to Know About Taxes When Selling Your Land

Selling your land can feel like a daunting undertaking, especially when it comes to taxes. Here are some of the most important tax consequences and potential savings strategies to be aware of if you’re preparing to sell your property.

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Preserving America’s Great Spaces: Montana’s American Prairie Reserve

The Great Plains is a landscape that has been valued by humans for centuries, from the Native Americans who inhabited it to the artists, explorers and fur trappers who marveled at its wildlife bounty. Since the 19th century, a variety of efforts have been undertaken to ensure that America’s Great Plains remains intact for future generations.

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What You Need to Know When Selling Family Property

Selling family property that you’ve inherited isn’t all that different from selling any other piece of land you own. The hardest part may be deciding what to do with the land, especially if you have an emotional attachment to the property or have inherited it jointly with other family members who all need to agree.

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What You Need to Know About Mineral & Surface Rights on Your Land

If you are planning to buy or sell land, it’s essential to know exactly which rights are included. As a landowner, you clearly control the fields, forests, ponds, buildings, and other things on the surface, but what about what’s below ground?

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Everything You Need to Know About Conservation Easements

If you’re a landowner seeking to balance land use with conservation, and you want to make sure your vision for your property remains intact beyond your lifetime, consider setting up a conservation easement.

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Keys to Success in the Hunting Business

What are the most important aspects for making your hunting business a success? Our wildlife expert Greg Simons shares his advice based on his decades of experience.

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Survival 101: How to Use Bear Spray Effectively

Aggressive confrontations with bears are rare, but in that event, your best defense is bear spray. Here's what you need to know in case you do have a tangle with a bear on the trail.

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Everything You Need To Know About Microfarming

Microfarms are common in the agricultural and farming industries, and allow farmers to tend to animals and grow crops on a smaller scale, and usually right in the middle of busy, bustling city centers.

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Survival 101: How to Survive a Snake Encounter on the Trail

Snake encounters are uncommon, and snake bites even more so, but it’s always important to read up on snake safety on the trail, just in case you come across one of these slithery creatures.

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Securing Large Properties: Smart-Home Security Tips for Larger Lots

Securing a large property with smart home technology may require some creativity, but you may be surprised by the range of tools at your disposal. Here, our expert provides a rundown of what you should expect and consider.

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How to Start Your Own Vineyard

Who hasn’t secretly dreamed of opening their own vineyard? Pour yourself a glass of merlot or chardonnay and let’s learn all about starting your own vineyard.

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The Wild Side of Business: Adding Flavor to the Outdoor Experience

A mile-high look at a few cornerstone considerations for enhancing the outdoor enterprise through the culinary compartment.

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Gallery: 20 Beautiful Barn Designs for Your Land

Enjoy the view of these 20 beautiful barns from the veteran barn kit providers at Barn Pros, plus get the essentials for what you need to consider before building a barn on your land.

Q&A with Kathy Shea Mormino, aka “The Chicken Chick”

We recently had the pleasure of connecting with Kathy Shea Mormino, author of The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens: ...

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Notes from the Field: It’s Time to GIS—Get It Surveyed!

A detailed look at what to expect from a land survey of your property, and why it's so important to conduct a thorough survey with the help of a qualified land professional.

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Guide to Renting Tools for House Building

Building your own house from scratch can be one of the most exciting but intimidating prospects. After buying the plot of land and finishing all the paperwork, you'll want to save as much money as possible, so one great way of cutting down on the final costs of the project is renting the tools to build your new home.

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The Pleasures & Treasures of Owning Rural Lands in Texas

With some 96 percent of the Texas landscape being held by private ownership, let’s look at some of the pleasures and treasures that are reflective of today’s interest in owning a piece of Texas.

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What the New Tax Law Means for Agriculture & Rural Landowners

The largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in three decades went into effect this year, impacting farmers, ranchers and other rural landowners in a variety of ways. For the most part, financial experts anticipate benefits for these groups.