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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Living with Wildfire

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Backyard Conservation: Endangered Species & the Role Landowners Play

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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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Living with Wildfire
Black-footed ferret learning to hunt prairie dogs
Backyard Conservation: Endangered Species & the Role Landowners Play
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The Wild Side of Business: Dealing With Difficult Clients
horse in winter
Winter Horse Care from The American Quarter Horse Journal
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Preparing for the Cold: Your Winter Roof Checklist

Shoveling snow and salting walkways are to be expected, but if you really want to be prepared for winter and survive the wrath of Jack Frost, winterizing your roof is key.

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Keeping the Past Alive: 10 Architect-Approved Tips for Renovating Historic Homes

Anyone who's ever owned an old house wishes those walls could talk. Here are ten tips for renovating a historic home to keep its storied past alive.

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Finding the Right Ranch Manager: Better to Hire Local vs. Newcomer?

As part of our series on finding the right person to manage your ranch, here we consider the pros and cons of hiring a local over outsider to manage your ranch or rural property.

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A View from the Field: Understanding the Effectiveness of Aerial Wildlife Surveys

The inconsistencies and inaccuracies associated with aerial surveys as a wildlife management tool can be confounding. Wildlife expert Greg Simons shines a light on the practice.

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How Much Money Does a Ranch Manager Make?

As part of our series on finding the right person to manage your ranch, today we look at what constitutes a competitive salary for your ranch manager.

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Which Energy-Efficient Improvements Offer the Best ROI?

Transforming your home into an energy-efficient space doesn't have to break the bank. Here are a few energy-efficient home improvements that offer the best bang for your buck.

How to Qualify the Right Ranch Manager

As part of our series on finding the right person to manage your ranch, here we look at what you need to consider once you've found a prospective candidate.

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Don’t Shoot!: How Small Critters Improve the Country Lifestyle

Few people feel that small mammals like skunk, opossum and armadillo improve country lifestyle; but before you load the shotgun or set the trap, let’s look at what these animals contribute.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Good Fences, Good Neighbors: What You Need to Know About Fence Laws

Rural landowners know that fence issues can create extremely strained relationships among neighbors. Here's a guide to staying on the right side of the law.

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5 Questions You Need to Ask Before Leasing Your Property for a Solar Project

Here are the top five questions landowners should be asking before leasing or selling their property for a solar project.