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

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

Farmers’ Guide to Preparing for & Enduring Winter Weather

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

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

8 Tools & Accessories That Every Farmer Needs When Working in Harsh Weather Conditions
Farmers’ Guide to Preparing for & Enduring Winter Weather
“Mi Casa Es Su Casa”: 5 Keys to Managing Wildlife in Backyard Habitats
Cowboy with rifle caressing horse
The Wild Side of Business: Cross-Pollinating Ranches & Recreation
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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.

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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.”

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Hidden Talent: Property Value from Untapped Sources

Whether your property can swish an over-the-shoulder three-pointer or do a double back flip off the diving board, it’s got something valuable that isn’t obvious. Take some time to find that value for yourself or your client for maximum property benefit.

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Drought-Proofing Mule Deer Herds In Texas

Is it actually possible to insulate mule deer herds in arid environments, such as the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas, against the extreme pressures that can be delivered by harsh droughts? The answer is yes, to an extent.

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Should You Purchase or Lease Farm and Ranch Equipment?

Before you go shopping for a shiny new tractor or pickup truck, consider two things—whether to buy new or used, and whether to finance or lease.

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How to Create a Tame Backyard Space

Mother Nature is already an excellent designer, making it easy to choose plants for your land, besides what nature already offers. Here are some suggestions on how to choose plants for your land.

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How to Choose Plants for Your Land

Mother Nature is already an excellent designer, making it easy to choose plants for your land, besides what nature already offers. Here are some suggestions on how to choose plants for your land.

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Living with Wildfire

If you’re a landowner in a wildfire-prone area, it’s important to be aware of what you can do to reduce the risk of catastrophic loss and promote natural resource recovery in the event a fire does strike.

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Backyard Conservation: Endangered Species & the Role Landowners Play

About half the species listed as endangered or threatened have the majority of their habitat on private lands, giving landowners an essential role in their conservation. Here's a look at some of the federal programs in place to assist and incent landowners to contribute to species preservation.

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The Wild Side of Business: Dealing With Difficult Clients

As part of Greg Simons’ regular quarterly column, he takes a look at strategies, conflict resolution, expectation setting and more when it comes to the difficult guest or client in your hunting party.

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

Until recently few hunters knew much, if anything, about nilgai. The cat’s been out of the bag for a number of years now, however, and the popularity of hunting these big, exotic antelope has soared.

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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.