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Wanna Get Away? Lake Coulter has an extremely rare opportunity for you

Wanna get away?

Canoes, paddle boats, and kayaks on the bank of Lake Coulter at the Guest Ranch.

Wanna get away from it? No, I mean REALLY get away? Who isn’t game for the hunting weekend in the mountains or the family reunion week in the country? But what about getting away and staying there? We’re talking this IS your retirement plan – hunting, fishing and not much else. Sounds pretty much perfect.

The Coulter Lake Guest Ranch may need to be on your top priority radar.

It’s the extremely rare opportunity to purchase one of the Rocky Mountain’s most beautiful year around guest ranches. It is nestled in a beautiful valley on a pristine mountain lake in western Colorado.

Rocky Mountain Coulter Lake

The simplicity of the Rocky Mountains is enticingly beautiful.

3 miles into the White River National Forest (WRNF), Lake Coulter calmly sits surrounded by incredible natural beauty and abundant wildlife. The National Forest encompasses over 2 million acres, bordered to the north by the Flattops Wilderness area, and to the west by the Piceance Creek area.

Lake Coulter is a popular guest ranch with 6 guest cabins and rarely a vacancy. The cozy cabins are interspersed throughout the aspen trees and all have stunning lake views.

Private Guest Cabins are interspersed through the aspen trees and all boast stunning views of Lake Coulter.

Private Guest Cabins are interspersed through the aspen trees and all boast stunning views of Lake Coulter.

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch has done an amazing job of being able to profit year around by offering a large variety of guest experiences. Summer business consists of family vacations, reunions, weddings, and corporate retreats with a focus on horseback riding, hiking, white water rafting, fishing, skeet shooting, and other outdoor activities. Winter offers snowmobiling, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. Other opportunities include Wilderness Adventure Camps, a guide school, nearby golf courses, and much more. Coulter Lake Guest Ranch can host guests year round.

horseback riding at the lake coulter guest ranch

“On the Road Again. Goin’ places that I’ve never been…”

Step away from the busy life. Enjoy doing what you love and making memories with the people you love. Consider getting away to the Lake Coulter Guest Ranch. Opportunity is knocking at your door – don’t let it get away from you!

Make Memories that will Last for Generations to Come

Make Memories that will Last for Generations to Come

Read more about this opportunity here.
Call Mike Callan today to find out more details about this amazing opportunity! 970-406-8335. Email

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Bear Hunting Tips

Bear Hunting Tips – Bear hunting season Opens in September in Colorado. That’s next week! Get ready for a great hunting season with these helpful tips:

Colorado bears come in a variety of colors, but they are all members of the same species,  North American Black Bear.

BLACK BEAR BEHAVIOR

The key to hunting Colorado black bears in September is understanding that the physiology and behavior of bears dramatically change in mid-August. Black bears enter a period of hyperphagia, or feeding frenzy. More importantly, they change their diet. Where leaves and flowers of broad-leafed plants and insects had dominated the summer diet, bears switch to a fall diet of fruits and nuts.. Fruits and nuts provide the high fat and carbohydrates needed to put on fat for winter hibernation. Many bears actively forage up to 20 hours per day during the fall feeding frenzy. This contrasts with 2-4 hours of active foraging during much of the spring and summer. Areas of good fruit and nut production are known to bears over a wide area. Often bears make migrations of 20-30 miles from their summer range to traditional fall ranges. Nearly all bears concentrate at the lower-elevation habitats where fruits and nuts are abundant from mid-August to late-September or early-October.

HABITAT

What does this mean for the bear hunter? First, the location of bears is highly predictable during September. Second, where you observed black bear sign and activity in mid-summer is irrelevant. Keep in mind you are pursuing an animal that may have a resident home range of 20-200 square miles, may migrate 30 miles for fruit and can travel 15 miles during a day of rambling.

Best hunting success can be found in areas with abundant fruits and nuts. The species of fruit is not all that important and will vary around the state. Fruits of serviceberry, chokecherry, pin cherry, squawapple, mountain ash, buffaloberry and currant are all eaten by Colorado black bears. The primary nut producing trees are Gambel oak and pinon pine.

Many bears will feed at the same site but usually at different times. Intuitively one would think that a bear would find a productive site and stay there until all the fruit/nuts were eaten. However, bears rarely do this. More often they move on after filling their belly and look for new sites. They will likely return to good sites periodically. During the feeding frenzy, each bear may defecate 5-15 times daily; thus bear sign is abundant. A casual examination will guide hunters to the specific species of fruits being used and will narrow the area to be hunted. Most of the better fruit areas are at the lower elevations of bear habitat, often distant from the pine and spruce-fir forests that many hunters associate with bears. The fruit-producing areas may not be adjacent to summer habitat. For instance, in some high-elevation parks, bears may travel across several miles of sagebrush-dominated mountains to lower canyons where chokecherries are found along streams. Bears move across open sagebrush at night, but actively forage in riparian zone throughout the day. Wherever ‘oakbrush thickets’ dominate the mountains, you can count on finding black bears in September.

If you hunt an area with poor fall bear foods, you may want to look at nearby areas (up to 30 miles away) where bears could migrate to. Hunting on travel zones may be productive when bears return to their summer range. These return migrations usually occur in late September or early October. Bears are like us in many ways; they travel the paths of least resistance during long trips, so scout natural passes and game trails. Still hunting in fruit/nut sites with abundant bear sign can be productive.

IDENTIFYING BEARS

Bears are active throughout the day, but peak activity probably still occurs in early morning and late evening. It is not unusual to see several bears using a site during one day, but usually not at the same time. Their new fall coat will be in good to excellent shape during September, and their long hair can cause many to overestimate the size of a bear. Yearling bears tend to grow their fall coat slowly, so if you see a bear with badly bleached, thin hair it is probably a yearling (55-90 lb.s.). Yearlings and cubs can be nearly the same size and distinguishing them can be difficult. It is best to observe small bears for several minutes. The presence of a larger bear that is familiar to a small bear suggests a family unit. However, the cubs and mother are not always in close proximity, they wander several hundred yards apart much of the time. Another clue to identifying cubs is to see two or three small bears of similar size together. Even without the mother present, this suggests a sibling group. All members of the family group, mother and cubs, are protected.

The relative size of the ears and the shape of the head are the best indicators of large bears. The smaller the ears appear to be, the larger the head is, and usually the larger the bear. Bears with narrow faces and long noses are usually subadults.

CARE OF THE MEAT AND PELT

The warm temperatures of September, coupled with the heavy fall pelt and fat layer of bears, dictate special attention be given to proper care of the meat and pelt. A bear should be skinned immediately after death to cool the carcass. Thick layers of fat should be removed. Even with cold nights, the pelt and fat will insulate the meat and spoil the meat. The pelt should be refrigerated as soon as possible. If you plan to have a bear rug made or a head mount, it is always advisable to consult your taxidermist BEFORE the hunt for specific instructions on pelt care.

HOW TO HUNT BEARS

Most of the good berry and nut producing vegetation in Colorado is found in dense stands where visibility is limited. Hunter should use terrain to obtain visibility into stands of shrubs. Quality binoculars will help locate bears and in assessing size. Even though the bears are concentrating on feeding, their senses are quite keen. Their sense of smell is astounding, and contrary to much of the popular literature on bears, they also possess keen eyesight. Moving slowly through dense brush stands will not prove an effective hunting technique for most hunters. The better technique is to scout for areas with abundant bear food and bear sign, locate a higher point for observation and patiently watch the area. This allows you to sight the bear and have time to carefully identify your target.

BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL IN IDENTIFYING YOUR TARGET

  • The fall bear season overlaps with archery deer and elk seasons. Many archers, dressed in camouflage clothing, successfully hunt deer and elk by stalking in the dense, low-elevation shrublands. Use binoculars, not rifle scopes, to look for bears.
  • The pelt and head of all hunter-killed black bears must be presented to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer by the hunter within five days of the kill. The pelts will be sealed and data on age, sex and location of kill will be collected. This is an effort to monitor the number of bears killed and age and sex of animals harvested by hunting time.
  • Hunting black bears without hounds or bait will require a lot of scouting and a familiarity in recognizing bear sign and foods. Find the abundant food production areas, and you will find the black bear. Scouting and persistence are keys.

Written by: Tom Beck, Wildlife Researcher for Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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10 Ways to Improve Your Land for Deer

10 Ways to Improve your Land for DeerWhen I first hunted my 117-acre farm in northwestern Virginia, I saw only a few young bucks and way too many does. Big deer were rare. The unbalanced age structure and buck-to-doe ratio meant the rut was subtle and often a letdown. Now, though, mature bucks are common, some sporting big, heavy racks. The rut is intense, and the deer herd is better balanced and healthy.

What changed? Our land and deer management plans. Many hunters think you need a large spread to make any meaningful changes to a deer herd, but this just isn’t so. Small landowners do, however, face some special challenges. The following this 10-step program will help you improve the three H’s–the herd, the habitat, and the hunting.

IMPROVE YOUR LAND

(1) Pass Up Young Bucks. A 1-year-old buck has a rack just one-tenth of the size it can grow in its lifetime. It could have spikes or an 8-point basket rack, but your management plan will succeed only by letting deer like this mature.

Two-year-olds are slightly more developed, but these bucks, too, should be allowed to age. At 3 years, a buck will grow a rack of over half of its potential. In some areas, you may choose to take such a deer. Much depends on the hunting pressure surrounding you and the attitudes of neighboring landowners. In an ideal situation, let these animals go by. Bucks need five years to grow their best antlers.

(2) Harvest Does. A tract of land can hold only so many deer. Would you like that population to be 90 percent does and 10 percent bucks, or closer to a 50-50 ratio? The greater the percentage of bucks in the herd, the more likely some will slip through and make it to older age classes. Fewer does means more competition among bucks for breeding rights and a more intense rut.

(3) Establish Sanctuaries. You need at least one major “safety zone” near the interior of the property. It should have thick cover so bucks feel secure, and it should be off-limits to hunting, scouting, and even hiking. If you break down and hunt a refuge area when things get tough, you’ve defeated its purpose. Deer from surrounding properties may pile in during the season.

(4) Limit Hunting Pressure. Deer, particularly older bucks, can sense hunting pressure. On a small property, if four or five people are regularly stand hunting, and a few more are still-hunting or rattling, you’ll wind up with one of two outcomes: Bucks 2 years old or older will become nocturnal, or they’ll move off to find less pressured ground. Have rest days when no one hunts, and limit the number of people on the land.

(5) Work With Surrounding Landowners. Depending on your neighbors, it may be tough to convince them to take some of the same steps, but you’ve got to try. Don’t be aggressive or pushy. Instead, ask questions such as whether they’re seeing as many good bucks as they’d like. Tell them what you’re trying to do. Teach by example, offer to help with the work that needs to be done, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll see the wisdom of harvesting does, passing up young bucks, and improving the habitat.

(6) Plant Food Plots. A 1-acre plot can provide as much forage as hundreds of acres of mature woods. Such plantings also keep native vegetation from becoming overbrowsed. The more tracts that you can plant and maintain, the better. Good crops to consider include clover, chicory, Austrian winter peas, brassicas such as rape, lablab, cow peas, wheat, and mixtures from wildlife seed companies.

(7) Create Cover. A good way to give deer the security they need is to plant evergreens, such as pines. Put them in clusters in areas where deer might naturally bed. Open forests can easily be improved with a chain saw. Cut old, poor-value, misshapen, or pest-infested trees. Leave some of them, or at least the tops, on the ground. Clear-cut a few small, irregularly shaped areas. The brush and low saplings that grow back will make wonderful, almost jungle-like cover in a few years.

(8) Build a Pond. A deer needs an average of 1 1/2 quarts of water a day. They get some from vegetation. But during dry periods, having water on your property may mean the difference between bucks’ staying or going.

Study the topography and you’ll see low spots that drain surrounding hillsides or hollows that would make good pond sites. They don’t have to be large. A 1/4-acre pond will serve the water needs of an entire herd.

(9) Get Government Help. Biologists, foresters, and agricultural specialists are available to help you, often free of charge. Consult the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the state forestry department, your local agricultural extension agent, and the state game department, among others.

(10) Collect Data and Keep Records. Track how many deer are harvested, as well as their age, weight, and sex. Measure the racks for antler circumference (above the burr) and beam length. Make notes on the productivity of various food plots, how well deer use them, dates when rutting activity begins and ends, the number of fawns with does, and other important data.

The records you keep will be an important way to track your management plan, but the heavy-horned bucks you start seeing will be the most dramatic–and satisfying–sign of how much you can improve your hunting.

 

LITTLE LAND, BIG BUCKS

FOOD PLOTS: Devote 3 to 10 percent of your land to a mixture of annuals and perennials.

PINES: Plant them to give deer security and thermal protection.

SANCTUARY: Make a few areas of thick brush or old, overgrown clear-cuts off-limits to all activity.

CLEAR-CUT: Create small, irregularly shaped cuts to give deer food and security.

POND: Dam a small stream to keep water–and deer–on your land during dry spells.

HEDGEROW: Provide deer with both hiding places and browse with low, bushy plants.

SELECTIVE CUT: Thin open woods to let more light reach the forest floor, creating succulent new growth and thicker cover.

Article by Gerald Almy on Field & Stream

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Advice When Buying Land

Advice When Buying Land

Robin Smith shares advice when buying land, including land buying tips on road access, water, easements, mineral rights, protecting your down payment, and community attitudes.
(Reprinted from Mother Earth News)

Don’t let your enthusiasm for an “ideal” piece of property lead to costly mistakes when buying land.
Suppose, as you eagerly scan the classified real estate listings, you suddenly spot an ad that reads: “Forty acres, year-round creek, part wooded, part cleared, some marketable timber, south-facing slopes, $260,000, low down, low monthly payments.” In such a case, it’d be quite natural to assume you’d found the buy of the decade.

So let’s say you decide to take a look at the place profiled in that advertisement . . . and it turns out to be even better than you’d dreamed. Huge trees tower overhead, like a great green cathedral. You follow the creek downstream to find that it opens into a gorgeous meadow. Your heart is taken, and you’re already starting to plan where you’ll put the house and barn. This is the place, and—better yet—the price is right!

At this point, the owner or agent—seeing that you’re sold on the parcel (after all, you’ve been just too excited to play “uninterested buyer” games)—asks you for either earnest money or a down payment. Well, you know the property is what you want, and you also figure that someone else is sure to buy it if you don’t . . . so you prepare to shell out a big portion of your savings.

But wait . . . before you put up cash that you may not be able to recover later, let’s examine the pitfalls possible in buying land—any piece of real estate, especially undeveloped land.

Do You Have Road Access?

It’s impossible to overemphasize how terribly important access rights are. Be certain beyond the shadow of a doubt that permanent, legal, transferable access is specified in the deed. Never buy any piece of property without it.

I recently met a couple who’d bought a lovely place and built a house on it, acting on a neighbor’s assurances that he had no objections to their using his road to get to their property. Later, though, they had a minor disagreement with that fellow, and he promptly blocked the road. At that point, they started walking in and out across a bordering piece of government land . . . but were soon informed by the agency in charge that they’d better cease and desist or they’d be hauled into court on trespassing charges.

Becoming frightened, the people tried several other routes, each of which was eventually blocked when at least one landowner wouldn’t let them through. Because the unfortunate couple had no money left for an expensive legal battle, they were forced into abandoning the place, and they lost the cash they’d invested . . . which amounted to all of their savings!

As you can see, then, it’s imperative to make sure that no one can stop you from getting to your property. If it’s possible to obtain access by paying for it annually, as is the case when dealing with some government agencies, make certain that the right will be transferable if you later decide to sell . . . and that it’s not revocable. You’ll also want to find out who’s responsible for the maintenance of the road. Believe it or not, you could be both sued and fined as a result of nicks you might make with your snowplow or ruts created by your car or truck!

Furthermore, don’t assume that, because a piece of property is on a county or state road, access will be guaranteed. If the right wasn’t granted to the previous owner—or if no driveway has been put in yet—you may have to get permission from the county or state. Such permits are not always automatic, and they’ll generally cost some money.

Finally, be sure your right-of-way, when you do get it, is transferable to your heirs as well as to any other future owners.

Water, Sewer, and Drainage

Water and soil drainage are also critical concerns. That creek running across your dream parcel may be lovely, but take the time to discover whether you have the right to use it. Your water supply could, for instance, be part of a city watershed, in which case it’s possible that you’d be unable to use a single drop of the liquid legally. In addition, the law could require that all your livestock be kept several hundred feet from the creek . . . or could prevent you from legally putting in any sort of septic tank or outhouse. In short, it’s best to refrain from buying on a watershed, unless you have a written statement from the city specifying your rights and you’re certain you can comply with the most minuscule detail in the agreement.

Be aware, too, that outhouses are illegal in some areas, and—where this is true—a homeowner must either have a septic system put in (the location for which will be legally defined by proximity to domestic water supply and drainage) or, in some localities, hook up to a public sewer system.

If the installation of a septic system will be necessary, make several “perk” tests before buying any piece of land, to assure yourself that there are some places—away from your water supply—where the drainage is adequate. I once tested a piece of land only to find that eight hours after pouring some water in a test hole, the liquid’s level had gone down a mere fraction of an inch! On the other hand, though, I know of a sandy region with such “good” drainage that the dyed test water showed up in a neighbor’s water supply over 1,000 feet away! No sewage permits of any kind could be issued to anyone unfortunate enough to buy that land.

How About Easements?

It’s also important to research easements . . . the rights and privileges that persons may have in another’s land. First, find out what easements are available to you over other people’s property. For example, if you’re not on a county road, you’ll want to know whether the easements are wide enough to meet county specifications and permit public access, in case you and your neighbors later decide to have a road put in.

In addition, you may want to make certain that easements are available to you for power and telephone lines. Even if such trappings of civilization aren’t important to you now, they might be later . . . and they almost certainly will be to your potential buyers, should you ever choose to sell your spread!

Naturally, you’ll also want to know what easements may apply to the land you’re buying. That way, you won’t plant your vegetable garden in the middle of someone else’s right-of-way.

Utility Availability

As far as utilities are concerned, you should know that if you live at a considerable distance from a power line, some companies have the right to refuse to put electricity in . . . even if you have the money and the desire to “plug yourself in.”

I own a very remote piece of land which a friend—who was retiring—told me he’d like to lease part of… if running a power line in wouldn’t cost too much. Well, I was quite surprised when the utility company representative rudely informed me that he would take my request before the board, but that it would be routinely turned down as being “too much trouble to maintain.” I then called a competing power company (folks in most areas aren’t fortunate enough to have this option) under the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), and was told that the people there would be happy to do the job for cash up front. The price, however, turned out to be much too high for my friend to pay all at once.

The moral of this story is: Know about power availability before you buy.

What About Mineral Rights?

Many people consider mineral rights to be of very minor importance. I don’t . . . because I’ve seen examples of what can happen when a landowner doesn’t hold them. One man, for instance, bought what he thought was an ideal piece of property . . . built a beautiful home . . . and planted a hundred acres of orchards and gardens. In short, he invested a fortune in his land, in terms of both time and money. That individual knew he didn’t own the mineral rights to the property, but the real estate agent had assured him that they weren’t important.

Some 25 years later, however, after his orchards and gardens had matured and were actually supplying his entire income, he came home one day to find his home being bulldozed and one of his orchards already gone! Coal had been found on his land, it seems, and his deed stated plainly that the only compensation due him was the cost of the materials in his house and barns. In this situation, the farmer had absolutely no legal recourse.

Remember that just because no minerals of value have been found on your potential property, there’s no guarantee that one or more won’t be discovered there sometime in the future . . . or that a new use won’t be found for a “worthless” mineral that you do know is there.

Who Owns the Timber Rights?

In most cases, timber rights don’t pose much of a problem. A property owner will usually receive them conditionally. For example, you may be granted only enough timber to provide yourself with housing and fences until the land is paid for.

However, do be sure to find out whether there’s a timber contract out on the place. If there is, extreme caution is in order. You’ll want to learn when the contract expires . . . how many board feet the logging company is allowed to take, and of what species . . . and how that cutting will affect the looks of the land. Also, be sure to find out what condition the loggers are required to leave the property in after the harvest . . . then make certain that the company lives up to that agreement, or you could come home to an incredible mess.

Protect Yourself

Keep in mind that—when you do put down earnest money—you’ll be allowed to make the final purchase dependent upon written contingencies. Just what these qualifications are will be up to you, but do be sure that your earnest money agreement covers legal access, mineral rights, timber, and water, and that it requires the seller to deliver to you a deed conveying good title. And be certain to obtain a title search (which will tell you the legal history of the property), so that you know what encumbrances—if any—are on the land and can be sure that the seller does, in fact, own the property.

Make sure, too, that any money given to the seller goes into an escrow account and will be returned if the owner can’t convey good title. Don’t leave this up to chance . . . insist on such an agreement. I met a man who lost his paid—for property, and a good bit of money, because he didn’t take this simple step. And if there’s an underlying contract or mortgage on the property, get a statement in writing that it’s being paid—or that you’re making provision to assume it—because if this isn’t specified, the holder of the mortgage has prior claim.

Additionally, you should invest in title insurance, and read that policy carefully in order to understand exactly what it says. (It will, for one thing, list whatever encumbrances are on the land.) Also be sure to get the transaction recorded at the public registry (which may or may not be at the county courthouse . . . ask your local officials). You may, after the purchase, be able to further protect yourself by filing a Petition of Homestead.

You will, of course, be faced with a lot of “legalese” when buying property. It’ll be necessary, for example, to become familiar with such terms as binders (often called offers to buy or deposit receipts), mortgagor, mortgagee, graduated payment mortgage, variable rate mortgage, mortgage clause, refund clause, maintenance clause, lien, settlement clause, loan origination fee, loan discount (or points), foreclosure, quitclaim, andacceleration clause. (An acceleration clause, for example, causes the entire debt to become due should one installment payment be late, and it’s definitely not something you’d want in your mortgage.)

Be sure, then, to consult a legal encyclopedia or dictionary whenever you come across a term that isn’t absolutely familiar to you, and to find out from a competent real estate lawyer exactly how that term is interpreted in your particular agreement.

Community Attitudes

Finally, study the area you plan to live in as thoroughly as possible. The time spent on this research can be critical to your future peace of mind. It’s amazing what a few miles can sometimes mean in terms of personal happiness and opportunity.

I suggest that you make the effort to talk to new residents in the area where you’re planning to buy and find out how they feel about living there. The answers you receive may be the final deciding factors as to whether you purchase or not.

These, then, are some of the points you’ll need to consider before investing your hard earned savings in any land deal. Of course, you may decide to compromise on a few of the factors I’ve mentioned in order to make your homestead dream come true . . . but be sure you don’t compromise so much that your dream becomes a nightmare!

This article was written by Robin Smith for Mother Earth News – here. 

 

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Recreational Land Improvements: Put Your Property to Work

“When it comes to owning and managing recreational property one thing is certain: every property owner has an opinion (rightfully so) on what’s the best method for improving their land. Although these opinions sometimes rest at opposite ends of the spectrum, a common interest serves as a bond between all recreational landowners – the desire to improve their property. The property might be a ragged clear-cut or the highest turn-key property on the market but one thing is certain – there is a good chance the owner wants to make it better. Often times this motivation is influenced by many factors but one reason that will always make the list is the notion that making improvements to a recreational tract adds value from top to bottom.

Perhaps the best method for adding both tangible and intrinsic value to a recreational tract, implementing appropriate property upgrades can lead to big dividends for an owner at the closing table – especially with current market conditions. Today’s recreational land buyer is seeking out properties that are bargain priced and already have the improvement(s) that are in align with their intended use. These buyers recognize that many landowners made the decision to sell after enduring several years of economic struggles and the direct result is a large supply of improved recreational tracts currently available at a great price. This trend suggests that current sellers, if they haven’t yet, need to implement improvements on their property if they want to be in the game. Depending on the nature of the property and improvements this process can get costly, however, landowners have options available to them in terms of generating income to contribute towards designated improvements.

For many recreational property owners finding the funds to implement property upgrades, not to mention regular maintenance and upkeep, is an ongoing challenge. Anyone who has owned land can attest to the old saying that “there’s always something that needs to be done.” Often times planned improvements must be sacrificed in order to repair existing equipment and structures. This scenario becomes much more common when recreational land is put up for sale with a mindset of: “why waste money improving a property when the plan is to sell?” The reality of this misconception is that although an owner may save money in the short-term by sacrificing appropriate improvements, the long-term outcome is often the following:  the property remains on the market for a long period of time and when it sells the price is not what the owner originally hoped to get. In order to overcome the costly process of keeping up with a recreational tract while trying to facilitate the property reaching its full potential owners should get creative in terms of implementing cash flow on a recreational tract. ”

Read on here to see some creative strategies that could be used to generate cash flow on your recreational property.

Article from LandThink.com written by Rusty Hamrick

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Top Rail Ranch

Very rarely does a unique property like this come up for sale! This magnificent property which has been in use since 1999 as a privately fenced elk hunting area boasts 1300 acres completely surrounded by an 8’ high, high tensile strength fence which is of an incredibly high quality type of construction traveling through some very difficult terrain in order to make the fence almost undetectable from most locations on the ranch. The fence has a well-constructed access road traveling the entire length of the perimeter running along the exterior of the  fence.

The general topography of the ranch is composed of gentle open meadows with abundant native grasses surrounded by beautiful aspen groves. It continues up into moderate to steep mountainous terrain with dramatic rocky outcroppings with bear caves included, and a mix of light and heavy dark timbered Ponderosa and Spruce areas for excellent wildlife habitat.

There are two creeks running through the ranch: Hall Gulch on the north side and Fear Creek running on the south side named after homesteader George Fear. There are 6 spring fed ponds, 4 stock ponds and many retention ponds scattered throughout the ranch to catch runoff.

Great care has been taken in the selection and construction of not only the fencing, but also the hunting lodge and hunting cabins on this property to make it a one of a kind exclusive private hunting retreat.

The area surrounding the fenced portion is a privately owned property where wildlife abounds as well, to make this property one of a kind.

This ranch could be used as a private year round family residence, hunting retreat, business/corporate retreat or just an ideal private wilderness area for someone who enjoys the outdoors all to themselves with absolutely no public access. The property is a short drive from Canon City, CO. on highway 9 taking a left on Fremont County Rd 2 where there is a locked electric gate maintained by the South T Bar Ranch, the road is maintained as well by them. Do not miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of property in Colorado as magnificent as this.

Listed By:  Mark Bukowski

Check out more of Top Rail Ranch at:  http://www.haydenoutdoors.com/properties/top-rail-ranch-mark-bukowski-5290000

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Ranch 51

Ranch 51

This unique 87 acre property is truly one of a kind that lies on the southeastern edge of Black Forest and only minutes from Colorado Springs, it is a commuters dream and wildlife lovers property because it is not only minutes from Colorado Springs but when you are on this beautiful property you cannot believe that you aren’t in the middle of a secluded wilderness area in the mountains. This incredibly scenic property is protected under a Conservation Easement where future development is prohibited so you will always have your very own secluded wildlife habitat which is comprised of rolling open meadows of native grasses , wild flowers and a few small run off ponds that wildlife frequent, Ponderosa Pine wooded areas and a wide variety of wildlife such as, red-tailed hawks, sandhill cranes, mule deer, bobcat, Abert’s squirrel ,numerous song birds , small mammals and occasionally elk wander thru the property. There is a building envelope designated for the property , but has not been approved for building on at the present time. There are two subdivided lots adjoining this piece of property that are available for purchase separately and ready to be built on to your specifications Bring the family and live in your very own beautiful wilderness sanctuary minutes from civilization.

Listed By:  Mark Bukowski

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Swan’s Land

SWAN’S LAND – 35.5 acres of rolling grassland and wildflowers. Peace and quiet, awesome views and vast horizons to watch the weather come in are what this land offers. Few neighbors in this large ranch that borders National Forest in the north, east and south. Electricity is far off, making solar and wind power your energy source. Centennial Ranch makes up appx 1/8 of Custer County and the full time residents are few. Privacy without the cost, dark night skies and plentiful game.

Westcliffe and Silver Cliff are located in the Wet Mountain Valley, Custer County, at approximately 8000 feet. The two towns are bordered on the west by the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains that ascend to 14,000 feet on some peaks, and the rolling Wet Mountains to the east. The Collegiate Peaks can be seen in the north along with Pikes Peak, and the Spanish Peaks can be seen to the south. The Wet Mountain Valley is famous for its unparalleled views, rural-ranching lifestyle, and endless miles of wilderness hiking trails through high-mountain meadows bursting with wildflowers and over 40 high-mountain lakes for fly-fishing.

The Ute Indians were attracted to the Wet Mountain Valley by the plentiful water and abundant game. In the mid 1500’s Spanish explorers entered the western edge of Custer County in search of gold, silver and the fountain of youth. Over three hundred years later Europeans finally found the precious metals they sought, however, we are still looking for the fountain of youth.

In 1807, the Zebulon Pike expedition was arranged to explore the Rocky Mountain area. Pike and his men followed the Grape Creek tributary of the Arkansas River and discovered the Wet Mountain Valley at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Their expedition camped for a time in the valley and then moved south where they were captured by the Mexican army. Hunters and trappers such as Kit Carson and George Fremont followed Pike into the valley in search of the abundant wild game the Valley is still famous for.

Westcliffe is an easy 3-hour drive from Denver, 1.5 hour drive from Colorado Springs, and 45 minutes from Canon City and Pueblo.

Listed By:  Lisa Frank & Twila Geroux

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Rim Rock Ranch

This Geary County Ranch which sits on 259 acres features a little bit of everything. There are two homes, pasture, crops, creek, hunting, and lots of income possibilities. You are conveniently located just minutes from Junction City, Ft. Riley, and Milford Lake. The main house features 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, library, and 3 fireplaces spread out over 5650 Sq Ft. The second house, which has been used as a rental, brings in $850 per month. This house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and is approximately 1560 Sq Ft. In addition to the houses, the ranch also has horse facilities consisting of an 11 stall horse stable, hay barn, grainery building and several other storage buildings. The main pasture consists of 124 acres and has a small pond. For the outdoorsman, there are plenty of whitetail deer and turkeys roaming through the property. Also, don’t forget about Milford Lake. You are only 5 minutes away and it boasts some of the best fishing the state. Come check out all the possibilities this ranch has to offer.

Listed By:  Ron Helus

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Broyles Ranch

The 1,544-acre Broyles Ranch, located 20 minutes east of Trinidad, Colorado, offers an incredible investment opportunity on multiple levels, thanks to its unparalleled water rights, thriving trophy game population, flourishing hay crops, lucrative gravel operation, and exclusive access to a 1/2-mile stretch of the Purgatoire River.
Broyles Ranch’s water rights, among the region’s most valuable, are not regulated by a water conservancy district. These water rights allow the owners to pump from the Purgatoire River 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With 141.6 acre-feet of water available to the ranch each year, the current owners have developed a thriving hay operation, irrigating approximately 120 acres and producing 250 tons per year of lush alfalfa and alfalfa-grass mix in a time when many ag operations throughout the West struggle due to a lack of access to irrigation water.
In addition, the ranch has a 700-foot well, equipped with an automatic timer, that pumps water daily through a network of underground pipelines, supplying water to several tanks strategically located on pastures throughout the ranch.
Elk, deer, antelope, turkey, pheasant and other game thrive on the ranch, which for years served as the headquarters for a successful guiding and outfitting business. Herds of elk numbering a hundred or more have been seen on the ranch; trophy elk and “monster mulies” are harvested frequently.
The ranch has a developed gravel pit, under state permit, with approximately 30,000 tons of roadbase (estimated value $180,000) stockpiled, with vast quantities of roadbase-quality gravel still untapped on the ranch.

Listed By:  AJ Mangum

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