THE PROFITABLE RANCH: BEST PRACTICES OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE AG PRODUCERS Some folks purchase rural land for pleasure as much as for profit. Motivated by a dream of running a hunting operation, raising cattle or having their own place to roam, they may forget that the land can help to pay for itself.
TIO KLEBERG Stephen J. “Tio” Kleberg is a cowboy by nature and a rancher by nurture. “When most kids are in elementary school, they aspire to be firemen or doctors or policemen, but I always wanted to be a cowboy,” Kleberg says.
CAMERA SURVEYS: THE EMERGING WILDLIFE TOOL Game cameras have become a popular scouting tool for hunters, but are they the right tool for you?
MANAGING HUNTERS AND GUESTS Permitting hunters and recreational guests on your property involves personal interaction. Personal interaction generally escalates into person problems.
HODDE REAL ESTATE: STAKING THEIR NAME ON IT Knowing the properties you’re listing or that your client is buying is one of the keys to being a successful rural real estate broker. As a third generation Washington County native, Randy has a competitive advantage.
THE TEXAS AGRICULTURAL LAND TRUST Landowners can use conservation easements to help manage the future. “In the most literal sense, a conservation easement is a perpetual restriction that prohibits future development and non-agricultural commercial uses, while allowing ag producers to continue doing what they do, whether it’s grazing, growing cotton or running a hunting operation,” said Blair Fitzsimons, CEO of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT) based in San Antonio.
NOT PRISTINE MOUNTAIN FLY FISHING FOR TROUT What is the exact opposite of fly fishing in crystal-clear water in a pristine mountain stream for elusive trout? It has to be “Noodling” for catfish in murky brown water.
HUNTING IS NOT ANIMAL CRUELTY A majority of our country’s citizens are urbanites and have no experience with nature and rural life. Although they lack knowledge of agricultural and wildlife production, an ever increasing number crusade for ending animal cruelty, food from natural and sustainable sources and banning firearms and hunting.
THE LANDSCAPES OF JEROME AND JEROMYAH JONES Painting scenes from Maymont has been the subject that matters in many of Jerome W. Jones, Jr.’s collection.
THE ANTIQUE BARN COMPANY: GIVING OLD BARNS NEW LIFE Donald Polaski, owner of the Antique Barn Company based in Orford, New Hampshire, has dedicated his career to giving historic buildings new life.
SPORTING CLAYS IN MOONSHINE COUNTRY WITH THE NEW RUGER RED LABEL: PART THREE Irwin Greenstein spent two days zigzagging the wooded back roads between Dawsonville, Georgia and Atlanta.
MORE THAN JUST A WHITETAIL STATE Don’t overlook Texas when prospecting around for options to pursue mule deer and elk.
OLD WEST VALUES, NEW WEST VISION Rob Pfister was weaned on the independent-spirit and self-reliance of the American West.
WESTERN RANCH BIG GAME LICENSES The West offers so many extraordinary things, from big peaks to big views to the exceptional big game.
THE EVOLUTION OF LAND REAL ESTATE ACROSS THE GENERATIONS In the Central Illinois town of Jacksonville sits a family-owned land services company by the name of Worrell Land Services.
HOOKED ON RURAL LAND APPRAISING Cary Matthews remembers catching the property appraisal bug in 1989 when he accompanied his brother on an appraisal project.
TAXES DON’T HAVE TO GET WORSE WHENEVER CONGRESS MEETS High taxes tend too often to prevent the sale of a great property.
A PASSION FOR FARM MANAGEMENT Fred Hepler discusses his strong passion for farm management.