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Gornto Springs Preserve

Dixie County, Florida212± ACRES

High-fenced Recreational and Social Storm™ Property with all the Amenities Ready to Step In, and Enjoy

Recently Sold
$1,650,000
  • 212+/- acre high-quality Social Storm™ high-fence sporting property in Dixie County, Florida
  • 150+/- Whitetail deer with improved genetics
  • 10-12+/- Axis
  • 3+/- Fallow deer
  • 8+/- Black Buck
  • 2+/- acre transition pen
  • Three 1k mineral feeders and 7 Texas feeders
  • 6 deer stands (3 Muddies, 3 Rednecks)
  • 1/4 acre stocked catfish pond
  • New build (2023) 1BR/1BA log-sided cabin/agricultural office
    • Built up for viewing the wildlife
    • Tongue & groove walls
    • LVT flooring
    • Granite countertops
    • Stone fireplace hearth
    • Wraparound porches
  • Great road system
  • Equipment barn
  • State-of-the-art processing facility (automatic cranks, meat grinder, deep freezer for 20 deer, built-in drainage, etc.)
  • 3/2 mobile home just outside of high-fence provides long-term rental income
  • 2.5 miles of Perimeter fencing
  • Strong Spring Osceola Wild Turkey population
  • The property is well thought out and both meticulously maintained and improved

For only $1.65M, it's going to be difficult to replicate the outdoor experiences and wildlife offered by this property

Entrance Gornto SpringsGornto Springs Preserve is a 212+/-acre high-quality High Fence and Social Storm™ property in Dixie County, Florida. This property is well thought out and both meticulously maintained and improved. From the gated entrance to the brand-new cabin and top-of-the-line processing facility, the improvements are exceptional. Whitetail deer with some of the best of modern genetics are stocked on the property. The diverse, mostly upland habitats provide very good cover and give this property a feeling of being much larger than the deed shows. Everything about Gornto Springs Preserve was planned and managed in exceptional detail by the current landowner.

"Quite frankly, I'm a little surprised that the landowner decided to sell. I've been watching this place being improved, heard about the genetics he brought in here, and have just heard great things for quite some time. I know how much work and time it took to turn this into a dream place." - Jon Kohler

BucksThe 2.5-mile perimeter is a very well-constructed high-fence with portions of windscreen/privacy cover around the street-view perimeter providing for the ultimate in privacy and wildlife. The fence is primarily there to allow the deer to mature, for superior genetics and for a few exotics to make it truly a year-round hunting property. Those include Axis, Fallow Deer, and Black Buck. The whitetail herd is estimated to be around 150 with superior genetics from the greats in the industry. Having bucks that score well into the 200 B&C range is not uncommon, something never seen in free-range properties.

While technically in a high-fence setting, these deer are not encountered easily. They are wild and have more than 210 +/- acres of ground cover, and native Florida flora to retreat to. The bedding grounds and habitat here are ideal. There is a 2+/- acre transition pen but otherwise, this is a recreational hunting property, not a breeding operation.

"Some folks erroneously believe a high fence means a deer pen. We filmed, shot drone footage, and ran UTVs across the property for hours during the middle of the day and just saw glimpses of a few whitetails. This is great habitat. The owner has bucks in here that can go a year without showing up on camera." - Jon Kohler

StandsFurther contributing to the management of the herd are three 1-k mineral feeders, seven Texas feeders, and a 2-acre transition pen. In all, there are six stands scattered throughout the property, 3 Muddies and 3 Rednecks. Six hunters can hunt at once without interfering with the other in any way. The road system is also exceptional.

The spring turkey hunting is amazing with pure Osceola subspecies. The spring Osceola Wild Turkey population here is very strong as this is a major nesting area for hens coming out of the nearby Suwannee Swamp.  "Essentially what happens is this property offers the best brooding habitat for miles around. The hens need this and flock here to nest bringing with them a seemingly limitless number of gobblers coming from the adjacent Suwannee River Swamp. The neighboring hammocks remind me of an island off the coast of South Carolina. It's great winter habitat and full of turkeys but two weeks before Spring Gobbler season the hens leave to find suitable nesting cover and two weeks later there isn't a turkey on the entire island. A place like this is where they go." - Jon Kohler

A 1/4+/- acre pond with a dock and feeder is loaded with massive catfish. The fishing here is fantastic. Additional water sources include some wetlands and creek bottom.

There is a large equipment barn and the Grade-A processing facility - equipped to store up to 40 deer in the freezer - comes fully equipped with automatic cranks, a hamburger/sausage grinder, and more. The processing facility is fully lit and cooled with stainless steel equipment/sinks/counters, and a built-in floor drainage system for easy cleanup.

Brand new to the property is a beautiful log cabin/agricultural office. The cabin built in 2023, was purposely built up on stilts to provide for viewing opportunities of the abundant wildlife on its grand wraparound porches. Inside features tongue and groove walls, LVT floors, granite countertops, and a gorgeous stone fireplace hearth, one bedroom, one bath and one kitchen. The lodge is the perfect place to rest one's head and unwind after an afternoon harvest/night processing.

Lending itself to 6 hunters at a time, a landowner could completely offset operating costs with paid hunts if one chose to. There is also a three-bedroom, two-bathroom mobile home fenced separately from the preserve that generates $800-$1,000 per month in rental income.

Gornto Spring's Social Storm™ Property Attributes are highly ranked. This Social Storm™ property belongs to a unique asset class with key property attributes that investors gravitate to for safety in bad times and buy for a recreation reward in good times.

Gornto Social Storm

Lending to its namesake, Gornto Springs Park is just around the corner. Also known as Guaranto Springs, Gornto Springs is a 2nd magnitude spring located on the banks of the Suwannee River. The site is perfect for cooling off in its deep clear swimming hole and is perfect for picnicking with friends and family.

The property is located 30 minutes to High Springs, Florida, 43 minutes to Alachua, 43 minutes to the coastal waters of Steinhatchee, one hour to Gainesville, one hour and 45 minutes to Jacksonville, Florida, and two hours to the state Capitol.

This is a rare opportunity on a high-fence preserve with all the amenities ready to step in and enjoy and entertain.

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