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

Standing on Common Ground

Fertilizer, Input Costs & Real Estate

WURX: More Than Dirt Movers

California Drought

Standing on Common Ground
Fertilizer, Input Costs & Real Estate
WURX: More Than Dirt Movers

More Than Big Bucks

The article is featured in the Spring 2022 issue of Texas LAND magazine. Click here to find out more. Yeah, but ...

photo by Mark Matson

Put Your Land to Good Use

Putting the land into agricultural production or following an approved wildlife management plan can significantly lower property taxes. In many cases, it also can support the ecology of the region.

Texas Land Conservancy; man walking in field

Conservation Easements: What are They, and Could They be Right for You?

Many Texas landowners face the same dilemma: how do you ensure that the land you love looks the way that it does forever? Using a tool called a conservation easement, landowners can ensure that the integrity of their land remains intact for generations.

Photo Credit: Jeremiah Morton Photography

Wildlife Partners: Profit in Conservation

No longer just a hobby for the rich, non-native wildlife has found its way into the hands of capitalists. As a result, critically endangered species from across the globe are thriving in private hands. Investors are claiming profits and their actions are saving wildlife for generations to come.

Austin Trophy Whitetails

Austin Trophy Whitetails

With a 6,000-square-foot lodge that sleeps up to 24 as well as a private condo, Austin Trophy Whitetails pushes comfort into the realm of luxurious, rustic elegance. Impeccably decorated with an eye to the outdoors, the accommodations feature warm wood, native stone, high-end furnishings and fixtures that showcase artistic taxidermy representing species from around the world from Varner’s personal hunting expeditions. Unique décor, such as bar stools crafted from full-size western saddles, remind guests they ...

Preserving Lifestyles, Livelihoods and Investments

As landowners, cowboys, hands, outfitters, real estate brokers and suppliers, we are all stakeholders in the steeped American tradition of ranching, farming and recreational land use. We would be well served by becoming more aware and more organized ourselves, refuting disinformation, controlling the message and being more engaged in the process.

Tax Relief for Texas Landowners

Take advantage of ag-use valuations to lower your rural property taxes. If you own rural land in the Lone Star State, there are ways to reduce your property tax burden.

Maximizing the Value of Timber Income on Your Property

When owning timber-producing land, one of the most important considerations you can make is how to maximize the income that it generates.

FCBT - Barndo Basics

Barndo Basics

Also known as a barn house or barndo, a barndominium is a dual- or multi-purpose structure that encompasses living space and a barn, workshop, or other workspaces under a single roof. Barndos are popular as no-frills buildings on recreational properties—complete with living quarters, a kitchen and even room for a few all-terrain vehicles and tractors.

guide to mineral rights: image of oil drill on land

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?

Property Improvements That Pay Off

Learn how to get more use and enjoyment from your property while increasing its value.

TWA Adult Mentored Hunting

Hunting Heritage 2.0

“The overall goal of Hunting Heritage is educating Texans about wildlife and the role that hunting plays in conservation through wildlife and habitat management,” said David Brimager, TWA’s Director of Public Relations and a Certified Wildlife Biologist®. “Through our new initiative H2, we’re combining our existing long-term programs with several new ones into one focused, integrated effort to educate Texans across the board and help funnel them into the field through mentored hunting opportunities.”

Trees in apple orchard

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

Virginia's Foggy Ridge Cider founder Diane Flynt pioneered the hard-cidery craft in the region over 20 years ago. Here, we talk to her about her favorite ciders and the steps you need to consider to turn your land into a producing apple orchard.

wildlife; whitetail deer buck

Small Acreage, Big Impact for Wildlife

“From the agency’s perspective, size doesn’t matter when it comes to technical guidance or cost-share programs,” Siegmund said. “All landowners receive our best information for managing their properties, and cost-share money is awarded on the merit of the project, not on the size of the acreage.”

Wildlife Partners LLC: The Business of Conservation

Through his San Antonio-based company Wildlife Partners LLC, Brian Gilroy is in the business of non-native wildlife conservation.

First Impressions

Property entrances hold functional and aesthetic appeal for landowners. Gates are as much a part of Texas’ rural landscape as bluebonnets and wide-open spaces. But when it comes to design, tastes in the Lone Star State are as varied as the terrain.

Greg with a deer he shot

COVID-19 Challenges & Silver Linings

Domestically, there are no hunting operations in the U.S. that are fully immune to the impacts of C-19 and a hammered economy. One could surmise that things could have been worse if this C-19 crisis would have hit during the Fall hunting seasons, but none the less, there are some hunting operations that had a large volume of business on their calendar for March, April and May. My business, Wildlife Systems, Inc. (WSI), had roughly ...

Landowner Liability, A Real but Manageable Threat

The threat of liability exists anytime landowners open their property to anyone, including family and friends.