Sold: 1149 acres +/- in Dallas County, AL

Status: Sold
Acres: 1,149 +/-
Type: Ranches
Address: 8900 AL-8
City, State: Selma, Alabama
County: Dallas
ZIP Code: 36701
Presented By: Jonathan Goode


Sold: 1149 acres +/- of land for sale near the Tyler community of Dallas County, Alabama. This is one of the finest recreational properties in the Black Belt of west Alabama. Over the past decade the property has been intensively managed for whitetail deer, wild turkeys, and other wildlife. The owners have carefully crafted the food plots, bedding habitat, forage, and timbered areas on the property. They have shaped this into one of the finest hunting properties I have ever been associated with. Over 1,000 nut and fruit producing trees have been planted specifically for wildlife, including species like: apples, pear, sawtooth oaks, Chinese chestnuts, and many others. There are even dogwoods planted to enhance the beauty of the property.
The view from the lodge is spectacular! You can easily see over 10 miles from the comfort of this spacious great room. The lodge is well-crafted, built in 2006, with luxurious stone floors, wood walls, beautiful bathrooms with tile showers, and generous porches overlooking the miles-long view. The home is great for entertaining with 3 levels, boasting 7 bedrooms and 3 full baths. The great room is cozy and has a massive wood-burning stone fireplace. The combination of the antler chandelier in the great room joined with the massive stone fireplace and breathtaking view will make you think twice about leaving the comfort of the lodge. The kitchen is perfect for serving up that Southern Hospitality, and the dining room has the views your guests will rave about.  Just off the kitchen is a small sitting area with a stone fireplace (propane) that invites the intimate conversations you go to the lodge to enjoy. There are 2 bedrooms and 1 bath upstairs, 1 bedroom and 1 bath on the main level, and 4 bedrooms and 1 bath on the basement level. The basement level has a walk-out screened porch and a gas grill and barbecue pit area for firing up those tasty steaks. The house is served by county water and is on a septic system. A large (60’x50′) enclosed barn with concrete floor provides excellent equipment storage and workshop area. The barn has an office/apartment room and full bathroom with tiled shower. There is a skinning area and walk-in cooler for tending to the game. The interior is so tall, you could almost play basketball in the main area. Large automatic roll up doors grant entrance into the barn area.
Soapstone Creek is one of the truly special features this property offers. Soapstone is a large, clear stream that makes up almost the entire eastern boundary of the property. There is a nice woods road that follows the creek through hardwood stands draped with Spanish moss. You will want to stop and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rushing creek, and children would happily spend the whole weekend splashing about in the water.
The owners have done much to enhance the deer hunting experience on the property, and have gone to great lengths to create an environment where the game feels very little pressure. The hunters have established and observed strict management criteria for a decade, and the result is evident in the trophy deer taken from the property. Much of the hunting is bow only with age limit restrictions on bucks. Travel through the property during hunting season is done by electric UTV’s to avoid disturbing the game. The food plots are numerous, and are strategically located throughout the property to attract and hold those big bucks.
The timber on the tract varies from areas of beautiful hardwood drains to long straight rows of planted loblolly and longleaf pines. Approximately 118 acres of pines were harvested in 2016, and some trees were left to create the opportunity for quail habitat. There is significant pine plantation throughout the property, and some will likely need to be thinned in the next 3-5 years. The site index for growing timber over much of the property is very high. I have included a soils map and site index report below. The owners have been able to harvest pine straw from some of the stands of the plantation.
The terrain on the property is gentle, dropping gradually from the lodge down into the large open fields below. There are approximately 120 acres that were farmed in peanuts in 2016, and could be put into some other type of row crop to create even more forage for the wildlife. The roads throughout the tract are fantastic, many of which have been constructed of gravel taken from a pit on the property. You can see most of the property in a pickup truck. There is a duck hole on the western property that could be further developed for wing shooting. This tract has unlimited potential for someone that wants to hunt deer, dove, turkey, quail, and ducks. The large contiguous shape and being bounded by a road on the west and south, a large creek on the east, and a railway to the north make this a great shape for someone looking to high fence a property. There are several small ponds and watering holes throughout the property, and there is a potential larger lake site.
This property is located approximately 10 minutes from Selma, 45 minutes to Montgomery, 90 minutes to Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, 2.5 hours to Mobile and Pensacola. The Montgomery Airport is 30 minutes east and Craig Field in Selma is only 5 miles west. The Alabama River is in very close proximity to the northern boundary.
There are rare opportunities to own such a fine property that will give you the same pride of ownership as when you share the experiences made here with friends, family, and clients. Showings are strictly by appointment only please, with 24 hours advance notice. The listing agent will be present at showings. Please contact Jonathan Goode at 334-247-2005 to schedule your visit to the property.

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