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The “Watson Hunting Camp” located in the wildlife-rich west-central part of the state was built from the ground up by the current owner and for the first time ever, is available to operate as it currently does as an outfitting business for hunting and fishing, lodging destination, bar, corporate and special event hosting location. Or, for a private group, this would make a premier hunting lodge headquarters with all the amenities you could dream of. The heart of the operation began with hard work and a dedication to service with the outfitting side of the business which to this day still provides waterfowl, upland pheasant and more recently, dove hunting packages with a long list of repeat clientele and client bookings from as far away as Russia. Along with the thousands of acres of public land to hunt in the area, the property has some nice wooded acreage loaded with deer sign, approximately 5 acres in CRP and an established food plot area. The owner has secured many acres of private land access through years of deep-rooted relationships with many local landowners that he is more than willing to be involved with an ownership transition to see those carry on into the future. The owner also has a fully licensed hunting preserve for upland birds as well as a rock solid private slough in which he owns both of them and would be willing to negotiate a long-term lease on. Other outfitting and hunting opportunities that the area would provide is great whitetail deer and turkey hunting. Besides the hunting opportunities in the area, the fishing side of things is top notch as well with Lac Qui Parle Lake being right next door and providing tremendous fishing for walleye, crappie, and other game fish. Due to this, an aspect of the business revolves around winter ice fishing packages and the ability for a new owner to provide summer fishing packages is untapped. Wanting to provide an even better overall experience to clients and to accommodate guests, the barn was fully remodeled to a lodge with no expenses spared, the RV camping area was added, the granary was turned into a bunkhouse and updates were made to the house. The heart of the accommodations is the lodge that provides on the lower lever 7 total double bedrooms with 3 deluxe rooms that have their own private bathroom, a common bathroom area for lodge and RV guests with multiple sinks and separate toilet and shower rooms along with a sauna room. The upper level of the lodge has been transformed into a lounging area, fully licensed bar/grill and walk out deck. Not only does this accommodate guests but currently is a stopping place for many others that are in the area. Just one other aspect in which the business has expanded and could be continued or a great feature to have for that private group. With the addition of all of this, the corporate, private function and wedding hosting side of the business spawned with multiple events booked each year. In fact, the camp was host to the Governors pheasant hunting opener in 2011 and is again set to host it again in 2016. All in all, what started as an outfitting business has transformed to much more than that and with a huge social media following, features on Minnesota Bound, Midwest Outdoors, Outdoor News and WCCO radio to name a few, is now a brand for a premier west central MN destination. The seller is in position to leave the operation “turnkey”, so whether you’re looking to continue an established business rooted in the outdoor industry or looking for that one of a kind private recreational headquarters, give me a call and I’d love to discuss the details that the “Watson Hunting Camp” provides!
- Turnkey outfitting, lodging and event hosting operation with room for even more growth
- Premier private ownership recreational headquarters
- Wildlife rich area with multiple species
- Acres upon acres of public land
- Huntable land also included with the property
- Long history of private landowner relationships
- Great fishing
- Long repeat client list
- Established business recognition
- Possible contract for deed terms
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