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Offline jamesfromseattle

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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #25 on: July 28, 2017, 07:15:43 PM »
Can you get water there?

Sounds like probably no water. Previous buyers backed out for that reason.

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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #26 on: August 01, 2017, 11:33:18 AM »
If you want something for the most bang for your buck it will probably just take a lot of looking. When I bought my 30 acres I had certain criteria I wanted it to meet, but it took 3 years to find it and I didn't have to many requirements. I drove a ton! As well just looking at properties because what seems good on paper more often that not turns out to be a crappy useless piece of land a realtor took the only 5 good pictures of the property or pictures not even of that property..... Just keep saving until you find something you really want in my opinion and look a lot! Good luck!

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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #27 on: August 01, 2017, 03:51:39 PM »
Can you get water there?

Sounds like probably no water. Previous buyers backed out for that reason.

I would highly advise against buying property with no option to drill a well.

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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #28 on: August 01, 2017, 03:59:02 PM »
That's the whole state now it seems! :yeah:
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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #29 on: August 01, 2017, 06:45:19 PM »
That's the whole state now it seems! :yeah:

Yeah, rural permits in the whole state are pretty much frozen.  The silver lining is that values for unimproved lots seem to have fallen.  Since we are just parking a trailer for the foreseeable future, anyways, we figured that we'd just roll the dice on a place with no water.  There is legislation kicking around right now account for the Hirst decision, so there is a decent chance that stuff will change in the near future.

Found a really promising spot that we're currently negotiating on.  Won't say where it is at the moment because I don't want to draw any more attention to it before it closes, but we found a really small plot that borders public land and timber company land.  Meets all our criteria and WAY under what we expected to pay, so fingers crossed it works out.

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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #30 on: August 01, 2017, 07:06:12 PM »
Sweet, you can always dig a well on the down low! :yike:  Wa is a Dem. run state so don't hold your breath on water laws.  Dems want regulation and to save the endangered periwinkle...
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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #31 on: August 01, 2017, 07:08:31 PM »
All those places seems to be close to a highway or in a place near other houses. Can you even shoot a rifle in those areas? Seems pretty close to other houses or a road.

Sorry but keep dreaming.

Just a few examples that seem like they could fit what we're looking for:

https://www.redfin.com/WA/Castle-Rock/0-Tara-Ln-98611/home/44584752

https://www.redfin.com/WA/Ashford/31404-558th-Street-Ct-E-98304/home/22758247

https://www.redfin.com/WA/Cathlamet/8-Elochoman-Valley-Rd-98612/home/75110205

https://www.redfin.com/WA/Rosburg/161-Barr-Rd-98643/home/56815623


Again, I'm not expecting to buy a trophy hunting ranch. Just a place in the woods that might have a deer pass through every now and then--or at least is nearby somewhere that they do.

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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #32 on: August 02, 2017, 04:11:02 PM »
All those places seems to be close to a highway or in a place near other houses. Can you even shoot a rifle in those areas? Seems pretty close to other houses or a road.

Sorry but keep dreaming.

Just a few examples that seem like they could fit what we're looking for:

https://www.redfin.com/WA/Castle-Rock/0-Tara-Ln-98611/home/44584752

https://www.redfin.com/WA/Ashford/31404-558th-Street-Ct-E-98304/home/22758247

https://www.redfin.com/WA/Cathlamet/8-Elochoman-Valley-Rd-98612/home/75110205

https://www.redfin.com/WA/Rosburg/161-Barr-Rd-98643/home/56815623


Again, I'm not expecting to buy a trophy hunting ranch. Just a place in the woods that might have a deer pass through every now and then--or at least is nearby somewhere that they do.

Probably not.  Unfortunately I have pretty much crossed target shooting off my list.  In a lot of these places I think I'd be fine firing one or two rounds a year at a deer (assuming it was not in a restricted zone, proper backstop, etc.), but will be close enough to other houses that I wouldn't want to shoot every day for the sake of maintaining good relations with the neighbors. 

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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #33 on: August 03, 2017, 11:03:53 AM »
Here's a tip: Don't buy in Thurston county!
Especially if it's in a gopher zone, then you'll need tons of permits to even build a cabin. But if you do find some you like there you can check out Geodata.org to see if its worth buying.
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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #34 on: August 14, 2017, 12:06:58 PM »
My advice is to be very picky and don't be afraid to wait a bit. It feels like we are in a pretty active real estate bubble right now. We are hoping to pick up some property in the San Juans - they are only just recovering from the last bubble pop in 2009, but I think time is on our side for affordability. Assuming we still have jobs and cashola, that is.

The thing about wildlife underpasses are that if there is any human housing nearby, people will walk their dogs in the wildlife area, scaring away potential animals. Video studies of wildlife movement in the corridors mostly catch dog walkers. Arg.


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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #35 on: August 14, 2017, 12:11:40 PM »
Can you get water there?

Sounds like probably no water. Previous buyers backed out for that reason.

That is driving down values all over the state on properties without wells.
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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #36 on: August 14, 2017, 12:47:00 PM »
Sorry but keep dreaming.

Just a few examples that seem like they could fit what we're looking for:

https://www.redfin.com/WA/Castle-Rock/0-Tara-Ln-98611/home/44584752

https://www.redfin.com/WA/Ashford/31404-558th-Street-Ct-E-98304/home/22758247

https://www.redfin.com/WA/Cathlamet/8-Elochoman-Valley-Rd-98612/home/75110205

https://www.redfin.com/WA/Rosburg/161-Barr-Rd-98643/home/56815623


Again, I'm not expecting to buy a trophy hunting ranch. Just a place in the woods that might have a deer pass through every now and then--or at least is nearby somewhere that they do.

I used to live just down Barr Rd from the Rosburg Property. The only problem with that area along the river is flooding. We survived several big floods, but a few times were flooded in. That bridge in photo 23 was impassable. The only way out was on logging roads that are now all gated. Lots of elk and pretty good deer hunting in the area tho.
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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #37 on: August 15, 2017, 08:43:18 AM »
Watch for a PM.
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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #38 on: August 15, 2017, 10:01:37 AM »
Thanks all for the suggestions.  Got some really helpful PMs as well.  We just had an offer accepted on a parcel of land.  Until we've closed on it I am going to ambiguously describe it as "somewhere in the North Cascades".

Smaller parcel that I'd imagined, but it is on a river, way under our budget, feels bigger than it is because of the lack of neighbors and bordering timberland.  Easy access to a big network of logging roads for hunting access and just around the corner from a designated wilderness area with a ton of great hiking.

We were really surprised at how many properties we were able to find that had what we wanted.  Definitely took a bit of looking, but we've seen a handful that are well within our budget that we'd be happy with.  If anyone else is curious about whether you can get a nice chunk of land in the <100k range, I'd encourage you too look and see what's out there.  We're totally psyched about what we're getting.

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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #39 on: August 15, 2017, 10:06:28 AM »
And yeah, the Hirst decision definitely seems to have driven down land off-grid land values quite a bit.  In my anecdotal observations, it looks like there are a lot of undeveloped parcels selling for less than they would have a couple years ago.

Maybe not the best thing in the long run, but politics aside, I think it works in favor for anyone looking for off-grid property right now. 

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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #40 on: August 15, 2017, 02:46:10 PM »
Thanks all for the suggestions.  Got some really helpful PMs as well.  We just had an offer accepted on a parcel of land.  Until we've closed on it I am going to ambiguously describe it as "somewhere in the North Cascades".

Smaller parcel that I'd imagined, but it is on a river, way under our budget, feels bigger than it is because of the lack of neighbors and bordering timberland.  Easy access to a big network of logging roads for hunting access and just around the corner from a designated wilderness area with a ton of great hiking.

We were really surprised at how many properties we were able to find that had what we wanted.  Definitely took a bit of looking, but we've seen a handful that are well within our budget that we'd be happy with.  If anyone else is curious about whether you can get a nice chunk of land in the <100k range, I'd encourage you too look and see what's out there.  We're totally psyched about what we're getting.

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Re: Buying a small chunk of private land to hunt
« Reply #41 on: August 15, 2017, 03:03:18 PM »
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