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

cowboys on horseback, guide to ranch management

The A to Z of Ranch Management: An Expert’s Glossary

As part of a series on finding the right person to manage your ranch or land, we take a detailed look at the various roles that might be found on the typical ranch.

Interior design tips, how to incorporate geography

Uncharted Territory: Ways to Incorporate Geography Into Your Home Aesthetic

For a home that shows off your wanderlust, here are a few creative ways to incorporate geography into your home-design aesthetic.

Time: The Lost Equity

Owning wild land presents a lot of opportunities to exist in a different context with exponentially older variables.

Game harvest photography tips

The Wild Side of Business: Tips & Tools to Photograph Your Game Harvest

Greg Simons’ quarterly column focuses on the enterprise aspects of wildlife-based recreation that takes place on private lands across the country.

1031 Exchanges

Will Tax-Reform Push in Congress Eliminate Section 1031 Exchanges?

A view from the field about how changes to tax law being discussed in the U.S. Congress may affect 1031 Exchanges for landowners.

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What Is the Role of a Ranch Management Company?

The perfect world for a ranch owner who does not actively manage their ranch is to have a ranch manager who is proficient in all aspects of a ranching operation.

Hurricane Harvey storm damage on Texas farm

Hurricane Harvey: Disaster-Relief Resources for Texas Ranchers & Landowners

Here is a roundup of disaster-relief resources for Texas ranchers and landowners impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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How to Create Artificial Cover for Bats, Birds & Bass on Your Land

Food, cover, water, and space are the basic habitat components that are central to the health of all wildlife species. Though perhaps not as sexy as food or water, cover requirements for wildlife are often the weak links in the habitat equation for various wildlife.

water management tips

Slow Soak: Guide to Managing Water on Your Land

“Anything we can do to slow runoff down gives us more of a chance to soak it into the ground,” says Kyle Wright, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services water quality specialist for Texas.

How to Establish a Timber Basis

Buying raw land is a long-term investment that can reap rewards beyond other real-estate transactions like commercial or rental properties.