This 370 acre tract has it all. From big black bears, whitetail deer, wild turkeys, and waterfowl, plus its' own 18 fish pond, there's not much more you could ask for. This property is located just a few miles north of Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge and even closer to the Alligator River, putting it in a great flyway for ducks, geese, and swans. The tract has also been managed for wildlife for approximately 18 years.
This property started out as a 185 acre farm with a small impoundment on it. The new owner put several acres in CRP and other programs, planting several acres of pines, and various species of oaks, and some cypress trees, creating buffers and a food source for wildlife. There we also filter strips put in to add more habitat for quail and other small game species. Also added was a large pond constructed to provide refuge and nesting areas for waterfowl. The pond was also stocked with largemouth bass, bream, and shellcrackers, and the fishing for these species of freshwater fish is out standing. The next improvement was the conversion of approximately 45 acres of farmland, next to the pond, into three waterfowl impoundments. Over the next few years, and careful management, these proved to be some of the most productive duck ponds in the area. After all these improvements and changes there are still roughly 40 acres of tillable farmland that can be leased or planted for wildlife. As time went on, another 185+- acres of timberland was added, to really make this tract complete.
The fish ponds banks to the south and west are planted in sawtooth oaks, crab apple and pear trees, and a few persimmons. It's a beautiful sight in the spring when they are in full bloom,plus it offers a great food source for wildlife in the fall and winter. The pond has a small pier and boathouse and several wood duck boxes set up for local nesting pairs. There is an eight inch well that is set up to maintain water levels in pond and also furnish water for impoundments. A septic permit has been issued, and would need be renewed since it has expired. There is a one inch well and electric panel in place for a cabin, or any other structure desired, on a beautiful building site overlooking the pond.
The three duck impoundments are approximately 15 acres each, and can be flooded separately. Each pond has its' own water control structure and can be gravity fed from the fish pond. This unique design does away with the need and cost of running pumps. Being able to flood in stages makes it possible for the food source to last to the end of the season. The fish pond also hold ducks and geese as well, providing gunning in the early teal season, geese in the September season and the last two weeks in January. Managed properly, these ponds are as good as any, and better than most in the area.
Hyde County is known for big black bears and this property is no exception. With the agriculture crops, and the adjoining timber, the bears have plenty of food and cover. With the new baiting laws, there should not be a problem keeping as many bears around as you would want. There is also good deer hunting in this area. There are several nice stands set up and ready to hunt. In the timber part of the property, there are several shooting lanes and food plots also ready to go. The wild turkey population continues to grow in this area as well. It's not uncommon to see several when riding in to go fishing or just to check on things. Several nice long beards have been taken in the past few years.
The CRP programs have expired, so there are no restrictions on the farm part of this property. The woodland that was added is in the WRP program and has some restrictions on drainage. Timber can be harvested, but under certain guidelines. There are approximately 16 acres of planted pine trees that are 18 years old and could be harvested. There are about 35 farmable acres cleared. If the filter strips were removed and pines and hardwoods taken out, ther could possibly be around 125 acres of farmland including the impoundments.
This is a rare find and the possibilities are endless. This property has everything one could ask for, making this a true sportsmans' paradise. Come take a look for yourself and see what this Hyde County gem has to offer. I know you will be impressed.
Heading east on Hwy264 from Swanquater, turn left on Hwy 94 and go across the lake. Turn right on North Lake rd.and go approx. a mile and turn left onto Carmur Rd, after you make a hard right, look for a yellow gate on the left at Carter Canal Rd. Turn onto Carter Canal Rd., property is approx. three miles on the right.
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