Farms and timberland have long been combined into one property category in the region that we cover since many owners/investors are also sportsmen themselves.
As a result, this type of investment also features recreational land, yielding a property that with established crops or food plots, provides a home for various game species of wildlife. For Georgia and South Carolina, this includes Whitetail Deer, feral hogs, wild turkey, dove, Bob White Quail, ducks, geese, and other small game such as squirrel and rabbits.
Farmland provides annual income through row crops, pasture, hayfield, or other interests, requiring open space and vacant land. Some farms are held by farmers actively farming the land themselves, while other landowners take a more passive approach and lease the land to farmers in the area. The passive farmer/investor usually receives annual land lease payments but retains the use of the property for recreational land purposes.
Timberland is generally better suited for the passive investor who does not require annual cash flows but prefers an income stream over the time of ownership of the land. Timber harvests are usually projected based on the age of the timber in intervals of 5-10 years apart and achieved through a forester setting up harvests on a rotation schedule. This owner generally lives in a nearby city and enjoys the weekend or hunting seasons on the property.
With either arrangement mentioned above, the owner can live on this land for his private place of residence as well. The feasibility of these type of operations depend on the property owners needs and size of operation.