"Diversity promotes stability" This is the mantra used while the owner developed this world class Decatur County, Iowa deer and wildlife ranch. 176 acres consisting of 60 acres enrolled in a 10 year CRP - Pollinator Habitat Program with over 40 species of plants and flowers, 54 acres of alfalfa, 10 stocked ponds (the deepest being 40 ft.), an off the grid cabin with solar power and attached greenhouse, gravity fed rural water, and the balance of the acres in a wide variety of trees, mowed trails and lush wildlife habitat.
The owner has taken deer up to 217 3/8" NT from the property although commonly views a wide variety of species including: Canada Geese, Pheasant, Quail, Mallard and Wood Duck, Green and Blue Heron, Kingfisher, Hummingbirds, Purple Martin, Blue Birds, Owls, Warblers, Jays, King Birds, Doves, Robins, Wrens, Hawks, The occasional Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Osprey, River Otters, Badgers, Red Fox, Bobcat, Hooded Merganser, Teal (Blue and Green), Ring Neck Duck, Scaup, Mallards, Great egret, and Trumpeter Swans.
Are you getting the idea yet? Oh and lets not forget the fishing. 10 ponds with several over 30' deep, stocked with: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Sunfish, Black Crappie, White Crappie, Catfish, Perch and Walleye.
Tree cover on the ranch includes Cedars, Hedge, Walnut, Willow, Red/White/Burr Oak, Black Cherry, and Hackberry.
Special management of the ranch includes mowed trails throughout. Regular maintenance trail mowing keeps a green grazing strip when the summer and fall often brown and dry down the taller plants. Regular trail mowing creates amazing edge habitat and allows the hunter to move through the woods quietly. The trails often become deer trails and pheasant and quail chicks have a place to get out of the tall wet grass to feed on bugs. The mowed trails also create a natural fire buffer allowing the owner to take advantage of controlled burns to help improve habitat.
Out of state and not able to draw a deer tag? Here may be a viable solution- Install a tall fence around the ranch, stock with trophy bloodlines (whitetail, mule deer, elk) and hunt your now personal property anytime you want and with any weapon you choose.
This is one of the most well cared for and diverse hunting tracts I have seen. The mostly off-grid cabin has an attached greenhouse allowing one to live nearly self sufficient. The lakes and flooded timber provide excellent habitat for all waterfowl species, the crp holds good numbers of pheasant and quail, the timber and undergrowth boasts regular numbers of 200" deer season after season, and the fishing is off the charts! Did I mention the $20,000/ yr income from CRP and Crops?
Move right in and live self sufficient! Give me a call to secure your Iowa deer property today!
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