The 130 Club
".theres no disadvantages really ,its closed to the public,you either can put it in for 25years or50 years and its all transferable if you want to sell it someday "
That is the problem, and why so much MFL-Open is disappearing. However, just remember you can't build or cut what you want on the land. Also, when you sell it, most of the time you will not get what you want out of it as the next landowner either has to keep it in MFL, or pay all the back taxes.
"its funner if you have 6 buddys to help you with all the work,you work hard on it and you will be rewarded!!"
That is how our camp runs. We've got a handful of guys. Everyone has a certain number of work days they need to get in and the operational expenses(propane, food plot seed/fertilizer/chemicals, fuel, maintenance, supplies, etc) get split evenly. We have a meeting every year to discuss projects, rules, goals, etc. It has become a year long obsession, but has certainly paid dividends in the fall. Much more fun as a group.
As for 1cast-away's post, great advice. Before owning land, we had permission to bowhunt a few hundred acre farm in Waupaca county. Always treated the landowner good and respected the boundaries he set. He wanted a little bit of money per guy, but we would also stop in and bring over some beer throughout the fall. At the end of the season, we would stop by and give him a gift certificate for him and his wife to go to a nice place in Waupaca for dinner and usually a nice tin of nuts or something else as thanks. Now, this was me, my dad, my dad's friend and later his friends son. The first year his friends son hunted, the farmer let him on for free. The next year, the dad didn't want to pay for 2($100 each), so he bailed on us and hunted up by his place up north on public instead(that has since dried up on him). He never told the farmer he was leaving, just left it up to us. Now, we hunted there a couple more years and bought land. After we closed, we made a point in the middle of winter to stop by the farmer, thank him for letting us hunt his land, and let him know we would no longer be hunting there. Hoped that would leave a good impression in his mind of other hunters. Also, left plenty of time before the next season for others to ask and get in there since we now left.
Similarly, I have a buddy who has done well with the time and patience aspect of what 1cast-away mentioned. He has a handful of private land spots in SE Wisconsin that were gained over years of building up relationships with landowners. He would stop by year after year and talk to the same people. Eventually it paid off as he started getting properties to hunt. I think he had a string of about 4 or 5 years in a row of P&Y bucks bowhunting these properties. He has offered to help these landowners with work on their houses or properties since many are older and not as mobile. He also delivers on what is promised.
When we first bought our land, it was just me and my dad hunting. He had asked a handful of his friends if they wanted to go in with him, but they all had different spending priorities. One year there were a few Lake Linkers looking for turkey hunting spots in our area, I think it was unit 22 at the time. I had wanted to put in a food plot, and despite being "rich" I didn't have a 4 wheeler or money to purchase one. Offered a trade with a couple lake linkers of turkey hunting in exchange for them bringing and ATV over and working up an area smaller than 1/2 acre for me to plant some clover. One committed, but then bailed. The other hunted, got a very nice tom turkey, but never delivered on the work. Since I had already purchased the seed and fertilizer, I ended up renting the equipment on my own dime and scrambling to get it done. That really left a bad taste in my mouth. Now, fast forward a bit. We decided to build a cabin. A couple of my friends helped and my dad's friend and kid from earlier helped. They all got to do some bowhunting for helping. To continue hunting, we asked that they put in some weekends each year helping with work. My dad's friend and kid bailed on this after a year or 2. They went back to the north and are hunting an absolute desert now. My 2 buddies really took an hwnership role and went above and beyond and locked in a place in the camp. Both have since purchased land adjoining our property. They have experienced some amazing hunting the past decade or so. Point is, you never know when the opportunity is going to present itself, but I have seen some people toss away some great opportunity by not wanting to work a bit or kick in some money. And none of this would have broke the bank for any of them.
So, there is a valid point of having more money = better hunting land, and therefore a better chance for success. If you have always had private land to hunt through inheritance or other methods, it would be hard to understand. For the average person, buying a decent sized parcel of land is just a dream.