we have already decided IF we won the lottery (a really big one) :
that we would attempt to buy all the land, surrounding us, for at least 2 square miles. at this time it is pretty much all owned by 3 families and the majority of it is fenced pasture land, or planted in wheat.
we would continue to live in the house we are presently in, but add onto it, with at least one more bedroom and a full ADA bathroom, enclosed screened patio off our bedroom, and a screened patio at the front door. we would also add on a two car garage with a canning kitchen on one end, and an attached greenhouse.
we already have the blueprints for the barn that we want. it will have two stalls on the north and south sides both, with an 11' walkway in the middle that will have access to each stall, the feed/tack room, and it will have a wash bay also. each stall will have a separate fenced run/paddock but also have access to the full pasture when needed/wanted.
we want to use some of that pasture land (neighbors) to build a hunting preserve for the purpose of hunting pheasant, quail, turkey, and deer. (also a few coyote and bobcats) the land is already prime for that with crops planted in some areas but we would swap out some of the wheat for corn, milo, soybeans, etc. those crops would attract even more game than is already there.
once we had the game preserve started, we would bribe
our daughter and son-in-law to move home, from mississippi, to run the hunting aspect of it. they are perfect for it. all he thinks/dreams/talks about is hunting and guns,
and she is usually right there beside him, although not as obsessed as him.
i'm sure we would find a job for the other three daughters, although none of them are interested in hunting. :roll: maybe something in the public relations area......