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Located east of Valentine, Nebraska, Heartland Sportsman’s Paradise is a world-class 1,021-acre property situated along the Niobrara National Scenic River. With enhanced hunting developments, food plots, agriculture and abundant cover for big game, the property is a tremendous opportunity for the avid sportsman. Traditionally operated as guest ranch, the property is used for deer hunting, high fence elk hunting, waterfowl hunting, turkey hunting and vacationers who want to enjoy the recreational rafting and boating opportunities available on the Niobrara. Bordering more than ¾ mile of the Niobrara River, the property has stunning vistas of the river and a boat launch. In addition to the hunting resources, the 4 beautiful cabins offer a solid investment opportunity. The 2,648 sqft custom log home makes for a great owner’s residence. Additional improvements include a horse barn, manager’s house and other outbuildings.
One of the great assets of Heartland Sportsman’s Paradise is the wide ranging topography. Approximately 760 acres borders the Niobrara, consisting of deep canyons, timber-covered hills and small open meadows. The balance of the property consists of hay meadows and open pastures. The ranch is currently unencumbered by conservation easement, however placing one could provide a great opportunity for an incoming owner.
The many improvements allow for various uses and income potential. The main owner’s residence is a beautifully constructed 2,648 sqft custom log home and detached garage. The home sits on one of the highest points, thus there are tremendous views of the Niobrara Valley and the sand hills for as far as the eye can see. The ranch headquarters boasts a main lodge/house, two large shops and a small storage shed. Ranch headquarters includes corrals, working facilities and high fence areas that have been used for elk management. There is a horse barn with an upstairs office and sitting area.
The four cabins could be open nearly year round providing revenue to the owners. Two of the cabins are large two-story log buildings and the others are ranch-style cabins. They all offer the comforts of home with nice bedrooms, kitchens, wood burning stoves and big views.
A hunter associated with the Pro Staffs of Mossy Oak, Hunter’s Specialties, Mathews and Outdoor Edge, advocates that this ranch offers prime deer habitat. Deer sign, including countless game trails, rubs and scrapes are throughout the property. With deep canyons, draws, running creeks, ponds, food plots, crop land, dark timber and hardwoods, it is certainly deer contentment.
Trophy Whitetail and Mule deer abound on the ranch, and more Pronghorn antelope are being seen. Many trophy deer are taken each hunting season according to Kit Hams, the Program Manager of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Big Game Program. He says that, this area “has the highest percentage of mature, trophy Whitetail deer.” The area also offers great wild turkey hunting.
Heartland Sportsman’s Paradise has historically been operated as a high fence elk hunting business. The diverse topography is well suited for elk and givers hunters an experience similar to hunting free range elk. An incoming owner could continue this business if desired.
This is a chance to own a tremendous big game and waterfowl hunting ranch. With the historic cabins it offers rental income and is one of the most diverse multi-faceted recreational properties not only in Nebraska but in the Midwest. A potential conservation easement is also an appealing choice for protecting this extraordinary ranch called Heartland Sportsman’s Paradise.
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