Ranches for sale that maintain wildlife are sometimes seen as a liability and as an obstacle to maximizing economic efficiency on the ranch. In some cases, wildlife can compete with livestock for forage, cause damage to haystacks and fences, and provide challenges for the rancher. However, rather than looking at the negative aspect of ranches for sale housing wildlife, let’s look at some of the potential ways to make wildlife an economic positive for ranch operations.
Hunting access programs developed by state wildlife agencies can provide economic incentives for the landowner to provide public hunting on their ranch. The program in many cases will allow for a tailored plan where the landowner can determine species, gender, season, and access for hunting on their lands.
Conservation easements are another potential incentive to provide for wildlife habitat. When talking about ranches for sale most conservation easement payments are based on the value of the land as wildlife habitat, and/or the value of the land to be developed in the future. Although conservation easements may not appeal to everyone, it is another tool providing the landowner flexibility in determining the long-range goals of the ranch.
Fee hunt and leasing can provide substantial cash flow to the landowner, and if managed properly by the landowner and/or outfitter, it can allow for sound wildlife and habitat management. The key is utilizing the right outfitter and/or group of hunters that will adhere and contribute toward your management goals.
Non-consumptive wildlife use on ranches for sale such as wildlife photography, bird watching, and big-game watching is a valid opportunity for some landowners to generate income, without the taking or harvesting of animals. There are a growing number of people that are willing to pay for the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife, in a non-park type setting.
Ranches for sale with wildlife can become a very marketable asset for sellers.
by Duffy Brown
About Ranch Broker Duffy Brown
Duffy’s professional career has included various aspects of wildlife/habitat management, outfitting, agriculture, and more recently, ranch real estate. His deep experience as a wildlife biologist, professional outfitter, and ranch manager make him uniquely qualified to assess agriculture/recreational properties and design and implement management plans tailored to meet the landowner’s objectives. He specializes in northern Wyoming ranches for sale.