Out of State Camp/Land
I guess I'm one of the fortunate ones that doesn't lack for places to hunt in PA. I've decided I want to branch out and start hunting other states and I am considering buying a camp or land in a bordering state. I'm looking for input from those who own or hunt bordering states on what to look for and what to stay away from. I live in the west hills of Pittsburgh but also own a place in Espyville on Pymatuning so I'd like to keep the driving distance under maybe an hour from either of those places. Further than that and I'm not sure I'd use it enough to justify having it. I spent some time Saturday looking at some places in Ashtabula County, Oh that I found online and learned quickly that this could be a very frustrating endeavor. I started out thinking 10 acres might be ok for a camp but after looking at a few properties it seemed that just wasn't the case with the way these properties were laid out. 10 acres seemed very small. So I think I'm looking at a minimum of 20 acres if I buy in another state. I have a budget in mind, but it seems that even without mineral rights some of these asking prices for properties is very high. With the driving time restrictions I feel I would be limited to Ohio and West Virginia. With all of this being said I'm looking for some input/answers from those that have out of state properties for the following questions:
Is 20 Acres big enough?
What counties should I be looking in in these 2 states?
Are there any restriction on out of state land owners in either state that I need to be concerned with?
Are there any definite areas to stay away from?
Is $2200 to $3000 an acre unrealistic for unimproved land? (no camp, utilities, etc)
Other than online real estate sites and search engines, where would I look for property listings?
I'm sure I'm overlooking some very important questions, but these are the ones I can think of right now. Thanks in advance for any and all input and suggestions.