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

Maximizing the Value of Timber Income on Your Property

FCBT - Barndo Basics

Barndo Basics

Property Improvements That Pay Off

TWA Adult Mentored Hunting

Hunting Heritage 2.0

Maximizing the Value of Timber Income on Your Property
FCBT - Barndo Basics
Property Improvements That Pay Off
TWA Adult Mentored Hunting
Hunting Heritage 2.0
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?

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.

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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.

New Opportunity for Forest Landowners

The Opportunity Zone Program, part of the new tax law, offers tax incentives that could impact forest landowners.

Seeking the Balanced Ranch

While states at lower elevations may have self-contained cattle operations, where all ranching operations occur on the same property, Colorado is a different story, with multiple properties necessary to form a “balanced” ranch.

Agriculture & Wildlife Tax Appraisal in Texas

If you’re a Texas landowner, you’re in good company; 97 percent of our state is privately owned and managed. Accompanying the thrill of owning property in Texas, though, is that all-too-familiar sting of the state’s high property taxes, which begs the question—how can landowners maximize the use of their property?

Stock pond surrounded by bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes

Just Add Water to Increase Your Land Value

In Texas, nothing attracts wildlife and birds to your property—and keeps them coming back—like water. And few property improvements are as likely to increase your land value as a pond, lake or stock tank.

Wildlife Management 101

I’m extremely fortunate to own, manage and control a respectable tract of leased and deeded ground in the Pacific Northwest. Taken with a laugh, my personal experience hasn’t been learned easily, nor done inexpensively via traditional venues. Private land wildlife management practices are commonly dominated by whitetail deer, a little waterfowl and an occasional fish or upland bird topic.

Concerning Cannabis

Cannabis reform is sweeping the nation. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have passed laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. This movement will continue, and the Federal Government will catch up or be forced to approve and adapt in time as reform states lead the way.

Chasing Blues Through the Texas Chaparral

Blue quail do not observe the finer gamebird principles as bobwhites; rather, they are more rogue and prone to run like members of a gang who are scattering from law dogs.

8 Tools & Accessories That Every Farmer Needs When Working in Harsh Weather Conditions

Preparing for severe weather sooner than later will pay off in spades. To boost productivity and safety, anyone working in the agricultural industry should have the following farm tools and accessories.

Farmers’ Guide to Preparing for & Enduring Winter Weather

When Old Man Winter hits, farmers must take certain precautions during the cold season. From sporting the right cold weather gear in subzero temperatures to ensuring that crops and livestock are able to withstand the brutal cold, a little preparation can make all the difference to your safety, productivity, and crop yield.

“Mi Casa Es Su Casa”: 5 Keys to Managing Wildlife in Backyard Habitats

When we think of wildlife management in Texas, we tend to think of large areas, such as ranches and state parks, generally involving charismatic game species such as whitetails, wild turkey, bobwhites and mule deer. However, for those folks who live in the concrete jungles of urban Texas, and even for those who have homes in the more open landscapes of rural Texas, managing wildlife on a micro-scale basis in the backyard of a house ...

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Looking Out For Our Fine-Feathered Flyers

Every August, Nancy and John Merrill flood a hay field on their ranch so that flocks of Rocky Mountain Greater Sandhill cranes can eat and rest during their staging season.

Cowboy with rifle caressing horse

The Wild Side of Business: Cross-Pollinating Ranches & Recreation

The ranching community has been forced to adapt to changing market pressures in recent years, often creating a blend between traditional livestock and farming practices and fee-based wildlife programs.

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Black Beauty

“When I look at the mount of Black Beauty on the wall, I see all the hard work we’ve put into the ranch and all the ways we have improved the habitat for wildlife.”