This beautiful parcel is every outdoorsman’s dream. Nestled along the Pecatonica River, a waterway renown for its waterfowl and fishing, this multi-use recreational parcel is the perfect getaway in the country. With room to hunt a variety of species, fish every major gamefish in Illinois, and build a remote cabin or a complete compound, this is the perfectly balanced property for the outdoor enthusiast.
This property currently receiving $1,000 annually from rental of part of the tillable farmland; in an agreement with commercial farmer to assist property owner by spraying, tilling, and planting both substantial food plots and sunflower fields (for winter wildlife feed and hunting). Additionally, CRP payments currently total $1,700 annually, and convey with purchase to new owners. This property has potential for substantially more revenue, as CRP contracts are rebid and pending new owner arrangements for commercial farming.
This parcel offers two strategically located and professionally engineered ponds, serving as the centerpiece of wildlife activities. The first, a carefully-stocked fisherman’s dream, and has been successfully fished for bluegill, crappie, smallmouth bass, and catfish…even the occasional Northern pike…is the “best of pond fishing.” A cold-water haven for fish, excavated to 30’ deep on the ends, this pond promises year-round access to open water and valuable insurance against winter freezes. The other pond, crafted specifically for duck hunting, also maintains open water year round, by way of running feed water.
Hosting the same great selection of stocked and natural gamefish species, this pond possesses an designed slope to the base, allowing the pond to shallow on the ends.
This thoughtfully placed shallow water is a beacon to ducks and geese, while providing the perfect water for easy decoy layouts and bird retrievals. A permanent duck blind constructed of Hickory rounds out the ready-to-go hunting access. The cost-to-construct the ponds was over $45,000 and each is fed fresh water by artesian well flowage.
The wing shooter will find delight in the early fall, as the property has annually been managed for dove hunting. A small plot of sunflowers each year provides more than enough early-season wing shooting for the eager sportsman and retriever. As the weather cools, the flyways along the Pecatonica and Sugar Rivers assures ample opportunity for migratory waterfowl, including mallards, geese, and northern divers.
Complimenting the waterfowl habitat on this property and the natural draw of the Pecatonica River, a six-acre, rectangular “shallows” has been roughed out of the North end of the property. These “shallows” are a classic waterfowl’s dream, developed for spring planting of natural and feed grains Water levels can be controlled, creating the perfect feeding and resting location for waterfowl on their trek Southward.
Freshwater Rhule Creek, running into the property from the South, offers constant opportunity for the fly fisherman, trout and smallmouth bass aplenty taking refuge at the convergence, just out of the Pecatonica River’s main currents.Likewise, geese and ducks routinely hold in the heavy timber where the waterways meet, providing consistent jump-shooting and chance adventure with every visit.
Lastly, the whitetail hunter will simply be awed by the mixed habitat this property boasts. Tall, native pine trees provide outstanding cover and protection for the deer, keeping large, northern Illinois whitetails close even through the harshest weather.
Early season whitetail deer make heavy use of the border feed, provided by small food plots, farm fields, and native foliage grasses.
This property has been enjoyed as a multi-generational legacy of outdoor opportunity and learning by its current family. Now it is time to “pass the torch” to the next generation of outdoorsman.
The Pecatonica River holds record book status as home waters to the largest walleye ever caught in Illinois, again and again. Minutes north of the property, the Sugar River and Pecatonica Rivers create a nearly boundless playground for anglers, boaters, canoeists, and hunters. Multiple recreational areas, managed by the Department of Natural Resources, bordering both rivers, north and south of this hidden gem of a property, assure year-round access and opportunity. There is truly a lifetime of exploration on and near this property, always within a few minutes of your base camp.
Located in northern Illinois, only a 15 minute drive from Rockford, Byron, and Winnebago, and a stone’s throw from the Wisconsin stateline, this is exactly the type of property Aldo Leopold wrote about in “Sand County Almanac”… the type of property where one learns lasting stewardship of the land, while enjoying the benefits of its bounty through careful conservation.
This property can be your personal showcase “blast and cast” location, reminiscent of the “old school” buck and duck clubs…a perfect, private refuge.
** Government wetland reserve use is available and offered at $6500 per acre. The tillable income on 18.5 acres is has the potential to be between $200 and $300 per acre. Government set aside programs have been bid UP TO $300 per acre. All the above offering substantial investment and long-term revenue opportunities as the new owners arrange their desired wildlife area, sculpt their income sources, and create a lasting land legacy.