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What Did/Do You Look For When Purchasing A Camp?

What did/do you look for when purchasing a camp. Were there certain amenities that you looked for. Would love to hear some opinions if you could share your experiences. Thanks!
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I made sure that before I bought the place that my wife was happy with it too... I found that if she enjoys going then that's more time that I would get to spend there. A few of the stipulations we figured out prior to buying was septic system/toilet, shower/plumbing, no major projects/repairs prior to buying, and no mobile homes. The last thing I wanted was to drive 3 hrs to camp and work continuously on repairing the place. I wanted a place to hunt, fish, relax, and enjoy time with family and friends. Although there were some minor projects/updates that needed completed, I never left more tired than when I arrived from busting my butt the whole trip. I didn't buy a lot of land with my place either. although it would be nice to own, I enjoy not having to mow acres of grass when I get there as well. Location was important for me as well, Needed to be close to open hunting land. I have the ANF outside my front door, and state gameland 29 across the road. you don't have to go more than ten minutes to be on a trout stream either.
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Re: What Did/Do You Look For When Purchasing A Camp?

Depends on your needs. If you need the amenities like Wash.Co. listed, go that way.

If good hunting access is more important, then being near state land is a good idea, if for no other reason than you'll never be "posted out" of hunting land nearby.

My camp is on land that once belonged to an uncle's dairy farm. So I kinda fell into a good deal over 40 years ago and have no regrets.

Can still hunt on most of the adjoining land, but lots of the places I hunted on around there as a kid, are now posted and off limits due to being bought as camp land by non-locals.

A friend of mine has owned three camps south of Galeton over the past 30 years. None of them had any hunting land, so he's always had to hunt on SGLs or SF land nearby.

The one he has now, is more like a new house with every amenity. It is on about 5 acres, little of which can be hunted due to safety zone issues with nearby camps. So his wife likes it, but he grumbles constantly about lousy deer hunting on the state land.

Suggested years ago that he forego the pleasures and spend the money on hunting land, instead of putting it into a nice camp with little else to recommend it. He's right back where he started with his first Potter camp: No hunting land, but his current wife loves the place.



For the amount of money he has in the "new house", he could've purchased a few hundred acres of decent hunting land up there and used a camper.

Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B
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Re: What Did/Do You Look For When Purchasing A Camp?

I wasn't part of the buying since my dad and friends bought our place before I was born but they looked for same as Wash Co Archer, also ease of getting to in winter if you want to use year round. You also need to decide how close your neighbors are. There are plusses to haveing a community or cottage setting, but it is also nice to be secluded
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We've built two over the years. The only absolutely firm requirement in both cases was that it had an open fireplace to fall asleep in front of after a day's hunt! My buddy and I both love a watchin' fire! I just happened upon the land our two cabins were built on. Not much thought went into it.

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Privacy- got it
A view- got it by cutting some trees= firewood
Place to hunt- 100 feet from state forest
Place to stretch out- 24 x 36 cabin
Access to water- less than a mile- no big deal to haul 50 gallon at a time.
Game- deer,bear,turkey,elk,coyote's, bobcat- seen or have pic's less than 100 feet from the camp

All in all pretty fortunate to have what we've got,still a work in progress but built 80 percent in less than a year.
Work at camp is way more enjoyable than work at home

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location, location, location.....anything can be built but ya cant change the location!

Are we at camp yet?
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Land, lots of land. But the acres have to productive. I got Pa Sportsman in the 1980s and they always had large parcels of big woods land for sale at low per acre prices advertisements. They were usually lumber company or mining company parcels. They were 2+ hours away so I never was serious about buying but thought it would have been nice.
Instead I ended up with a reverting dairy farm. With productive land you can manage the habitat and have it respond quickly.
A roof, electricity and flush toilet are nice, but you can't hunt it. I have all those things at home.

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Re: What Did/Do You Look For When Purchasing A Camp?

Isolated.
Acreage (gas/oil parcel in big woods sub-divided into large parcels).
Adjacent to State Forest.
Price (was right).
Capable of building cabin with indoor plumbing (happy wife, happy life).

About an hour away so I can make day trips.

Being isolated, the only down side is winter access. With gas wells in, partial road maintenance. If another well goes in may get winter access to within a half mile.

Other down side of isolation is cell service. Spend a lot of time solo and like to know what's happening on the home front.

Wouldn't trade the cost (investment) and work involved for anything.

Also: Wife pointed out that hunting was priority and water feature (stream) for her. There are deer (buck of my lifetime), bear (one so far), turkey, grouse, woodcock, geese, and ducks also visit us. Have also seen coyote, bobcat, and my wife says she has seen a fisher.

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