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Highly Productive Tillable
3 Standing Barns
3 Stocked Ponds
Close to Mississippi River
Perfect Building Sites
Incredible Lease/Hunting Opportunities
This 125+ acres is a hunter, fisherman, and landowner's dream! Nestled in the scenic northwest corner of Illinois this rolling, mixed-land parcel has it all!
A proven whitetail trophy property, this parcel assures private, pressure-free hunting and a pride of ownership unmatched in many ways. (See the pictures in the listing of recent whitetail bucks harvested from these valleys!)
High vistas give way to breathtaking views on all sides. Multiple building sites, for home or cabin, assure a commanding view of the surrounding valleys, with daily opportunities to view wildlife though the changing of the seasons.
Revenue-generating farmland totaling 65 acres, with a history of 170+ bushels of corn per acre, offer ample opportunities to continue a farming tradition or convert tillable land into diversified food plots / contract land with the Conservation Reserve Program. Adjacent to tillable fields, bordering alfalfa buffer strips routinely host grazing deer by the dozen and provide substantial edges for cover. The gently sloped hillsides have been pastured, and continue to be a source of revenue by way of pastureland leases. A variety of food plots could transform the hillsides into excellent cover and browsing areas for whitetail, turkey, pheasant and small game.
Grassy hills cradle three stocked ponds, where largemouth bass, bluegills, and catfish abound. With depths to 15 feet, the ponds allow sufficient fish habitat for high populations and prevent winter losses. Fishing is accessible from gentle, mowed banks. Anglers can perfect their flycasting skills or enjoy a perfect afternoon on the sunny shores of their own ponds in complete privacy. Additional, small pools prevent silting and contribute to a wholly peaceful setting, as the water trickles through the valley from pond to pond, and emerges from natural springs in the northwest hillsides.
Further in the main valley, and surrounding all sides of the property, mature timber provides shade and offers diverse habitat. Tall walnut, oak, pine, and cherry trees shade the valley, promising cool areas through summer and protected gathering zones for wildlife through winter. A schedule of managed logging has resulted in high-quality tree growth. The mature timber is ready for another managed cut soon, if the new owner is inclined, and will provide a noteworthy revenue stream to support the property.
A working farm for generations, the main barn still stands near the gravel road entrance, located on Elizabeth Road. Constructed of traditional timber framing methods, the mortise and tenon style structure is sound, with a serviceable roof and concrete floors in the cattle area and machine shop. Hay storage in the central portion of the main barn remains an option. Given the location on the property, consideration of converting the barn into a modern machine shed or hunting residence may be appropriate.
Two additional structures are present, a corn crib/lean-to with concrete floors and a tool shed. Sufficient storage exists for small farm machinery, food plot equipment or all terrain vehicles.
Gardens near the lowest pond provide ample vegetables and can be expanded to provide natural, organic staples on a personal or commercial level.
A tract of this size, located with direct access to a blacktop road, and with such diversity of cover, use, and building potential is a rare find in the northwest! Minutes from Mt. Carroll, Illinois, the county seat, and a short drive from either the Mississippi River or Galena, Illinois, this location promises access to everything good in the northeast region...excellent hunting, great fishing, and retail or fine dining.
Purchased a generation ago as an investment property, this parcel of land continues to provide a positive lifestyle and livelihood. With several revenue-generating options, this property provides a consistent return on investment of approximately 3-5%. Such revenue-generating activities in no way affect the potential for food plots, hunting, fishing, building, or enjoying the pride of ownership associated with such beautiful land.
Your chance to get a large tract of northwest Illinois begins here; your chance to start enjoying the legacy of this land, and contributing to a legacy of your own, will carry long into the future!
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