FOR SALE: 730+- Acres Franklin County IL / Hunting Farm Whitetail Wooded Farmstead / 2866L

Franklin County| 730 Acres| $3,300,000| Benton IL

Incredible Hunting Farm!

730 Acres in Franklin County Illinois just outside Benton Illinois

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An incredible hunting farm! 730+- acres of woodlands, food plots, ponds and farmstead located just West of Benton Illinois in Franklin County along the Big Muddy River.  The farm has been managed for Whitetail for the past 15+- years under the supervision of Don Higgins of ”Higgins Outdoors”.  The owner tells me the difference Don has made in the quality of the Whitetail hunting on this property is unbelievable. There are several large shallow water bodies on the South part of the property that draw waterfowl, but the owner has not developed or hunted waterfowl and chooses to concentrate on developing a first-class Whitetail property.

The South 275 acres is secluded. It is made up of 165+- wooded acres, 14+-  food plot acres and 31+- acres of shallow water ponds / wetland areas. This tract also has grassland areas and trails throughout.  It would be an excellent waterfowl property, but the owner does not hunt waterfowl so as to develop the Whitetail hunting to its full potential. There are 3 tower stands and numerous tree stands on the property that stay. The food plots, proximity of the river and seclusion make this a favorite place to fill those tags…

Just South of IL Hwy 14 is 104+- acres made up of a 2+- acre pond, some old growth timber food plots and new growth timber with the Big Muddy River meandering through the property. Along the River is a “Trailer-Mindeum” for the guest hunters/boaters/fisherman or campers.  This is also a good hunting property with potential for waterfowl.

North of Hwy 14 and East of the Rend City Road is 312+- acres with the Big Muddy River meandering through the property from the NE corner South to Hwy 14.  Approximately 18 acres is open ground used as food plots.  The balance is wooded with a shallow water area.  The timber is a mix of white oak and other hardwoods that has not been cut in many years.  There are trails throughout.  Another outstanding whitetail property…

East of Rend City Road is 39+- acres with a home, rental apartment and a doublewide home, garage and 2 machine sheds, all in excellent condition. The main home overlooks a 2-acre pond.  There is also 20+ acres of cropland that is leased.

Included in this sale are several pieces of machinery and ATVs plus all tree stands, stationary blinds and trail cameras.

Overall, this is a quality hunting farm and sure to be a consistent producer of quality whitetails year after year. Give the listing land specialist Wayne Keller a call today for more information or to schedule a private showing. You won’t be disappointed!

Note:  The timber has not been cut in many years and a timber harvest could be considered.

Shown by appointment only!

Taxes: $10,219.52 ($14.55 per acre) 2021 paid 2022

Main House

  • 2744 sq ft
  • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
  • Sunroom
  • Game room w/pool table
  • Office
  • Wrap around porch
  • 5-car garage (unattached)

Double Wide

  • 1820 sq ft
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • Storage shed

Main Shed

  • 4884 sq ft
  • 4 garage bays
  • 1/2 bath
  • Apt w/1 bedroom, 1 bath, kitchenette & living room

 Machine Shed

  • 21x50


  • 1996 John Deere 5300 4-wheel drive Tractor and loader
  • Forks -   Bucket - 3 point hitch (Cat 2)
  • 2012 Kubota MM9960M Tractor
  • Front Loader - 3 point hitch (Cat 2)
  • Fast Ag Solutions Sprayer - 240 gallons
  • John Deere M7 Bush Hog
  • 2012 Bush Hog 2515
  • 2012 Dirt Dog Disc DD-300-26
  • Old 14 ft Harrow
  • Kewanne Field Cultivator
  • John Deere 1600 Chisel Plow
  • Kunz Engineering, Inc Cultipacker
  • King Kutter Rotary Tiller
  • Billion Culti-muncher - 15 ft
  • 2016 Polaris Ranger (Trax)
  • 2016 John Deer Gator
  • 2012 Polaris Range EV
  • Pull Behind Broadcast Spreader
  • Earthway Front Wear Spreader
  • Hand Spreader


  • Deer
  • Duck
  • Turkey
  • Squirrel
  • Rabbit
  • Dove
  • Coyote
  • Bob Cat


  • River Otter
  • Muskrat
  • Mink
  • Beaver
  • Raccoon


  • 2-acre pond (onsite)
  • Big Muddy River (onsite)
  • Rend Lake
  • Crab Orchard Lake
  • Little Grassy Lake
  • Devil's Kitchen Lake
  • Kincaid Lake
  • Lake Egypt
  • Ohio River
  • Kentucky Lake

Ag Dealers/Machinery

  • FS in Mulkeytown & Macedonia
  • John Deere & Kubota in Benton

Area Attractions

  • Southern IL Wine Trails
  • Big Muddy River (onsite)
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Shawnee National Forrest
  • Walker's Bluff Casino Resort
  • Giant City Lodge
  • 5 miles to I-57
  • 2 miles to Benton - Walmart, Rural King, Ace Hardware & Polaris dealership
  • 6 miles to West Frankfurt - Honda dealership
  • 20 miles to Mt Vernon - Menards & Lowes
  • 20 miles to Marion - Menards, Home Depot & Sams
  • 25 miles to Carbondale - Lowes

Property Map

Illinois Route 14, Benton, IL