Living off the land -- to the extreme or while relaxing in the lap of luxury -- is possible if you own a hunting lodge. Just in time for holiday feasting comes our look at some of the best hunting lodges on the market where you might bag your very own wild turkey to eat on the big day.
For a mere $16 million, 7,800 contiguous acres of ranch in South Texas can be yours. Right in the heart of trophy-class Whitetail Deer territory, the area is also rich with wild turkey, quail, dove, wild hogs, ducks and other game species year-round.
Potential buyers of pricey hunting lodges have two prime considerations: the quality of the environment outside and luxuries inside.
The property includes a roomy 6,500-square-foot five-bedroom main lodge and ample 3,200-square-foot guesthouse. The lodge is also fully equipped with a hunter's house, storage and equipment barns, an office, custom dog kennels, game processing facilities and cattle-working pens.
For information contact Jon Paul Martin (210-822-8602) or visit the
Michigan leads the nation in hunting Whitetail Deer and is
as well, including the cottontail rabbit, fox, squirrel, ruffed grouse and ring-necked pheasant. You'll be right in the thick of it all at this lodge in Southern Michigan, with more than 2,000 contiguous acres including the 100-acre Watkins Lake. It is listed for $14 million.
Included on the property is a historic Civil War-era home that needs some restoration, but evokes the style of when people really did depend on the land for their survival.
The property is a working farm with multiple barns and farm buildings as well as beautiful green vistas and water to sustain the wild game and human populations.
For information contact Beverly McCotter (248-644-7000) or Bill Vandercook (810-614-0899) or visit the
Sweetbriar Farm is for sale for just over $2 million. For that you get 230 acres in the picturesque foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains -- about 45 minutes from Ashville and an hour from Charlotte. Hunters in Western North Carolina can track the abundant populations of wild turkey, deer, bear, boar and small game.
The main house is a timber-framed construction with all the rustic charm of a classic hunting lodge.
There are multiple barns on the property, as well as trap-shooting stations and 12 deer stands.
Artifacts of the original homestead likely dating back to the Civil War era remain on the property, embellishing it with historical cachet.
For information contact Hanes Walker (704-366-0661) or visit the
A Kentucky destination for deer and turkey hunting, these 537 acres include a lodge that sleeps eight. The property is listed for $1.1 million, and the lodge has modern amenities and a covered porch and comes completely furnished. The property also comes with three small working oil wells, so you might just make some of the million back.
Right in the middle of an area known to locals for producing the largest bucks in Cumberland County, the property comes with 15 automatic deer feeders, eight game cameras and 15 deer blinds. Twelve walkie-talkies, one eight-wheel ATV and a Sportsman Polaris four-wheeler are also included with purchase.
For information contact Bud Rivenbark (910-389-1188) or visit the
This place makes hunting a total luxury experience. Listed for $3 million, it comes with 40 acres and a 14,000-square-foot pine log mansion. The mansion has eight bedrooms -- three are master suites -- and three kitchens to prepare all that venison you are sure to bag in the surrounding property.
The property is definitely one for the pampered hunter, with 13 heated hunting blinds on four miles of trails lit by 380 low-voltage lights. There is also an indoor heated pool and an enormous hot tub to relax in after long treks stalking that big buck.
Eight fireplaces throughout the home make this enormous expanse of living space remarkably cozy and warm.
This lodge is also perfect for hunters with children, who can entertain themselves in a cute log playhouse while the adults are out killing dinner.
For information contact Connie Marcus (810-710-0148) or visit the
Limpopo Province, South Africa
If you are looking for a true wildlife experience, make an offer on the Temba Safari lodge in South Africa, more than 1,480 private acres of diverse landscape -- from mountains to savannas -- sustaining such wild animals as antelopes, zebras, giraffes and ostriches.
It is just outside the protected Lapalala Game Reserve, where breeding is allowing the endangered black rhino and roan antelope to successfully reenter the wild population. The property is a steal at $1.8 million and comes complete with accommodations for 16 people plus staff.
The lodge was built in 1960 and renovated in 2004 while in operation as a luxury resort offering gourmet dining and safari adventures. It has four suites and two family suites, each with a bathroom. There are also a common living room, bar, dining room and kitchen.
The property features an outdoor swimming pool, fireplaces and dining tables from which visitors can admire the views after a safari that might encounter lions, leopards, elephants and buffalos. Nearby are archaeological finds dating back to the Stone Age.
For information contact La Farrell (+45-3033-9007) or visit the
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