Chad Thelen

Chad is a lifelong resident of the central Southern Michigan area.  This region of Michigan is dominated by rich farmland and is home to some of the nation’s largest dairy farms.  Chad grew up on a pig farm in Clinton County, helping his father farm around 400 acres along the Stony Creek.

Growing up on the ‘Stony’ was and still is an amazing place for an outdoor enthusiast.  Camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, and exploring were almost daily activities for Chad growing up.  Now, Chad and his wife Kendra and 3 children (Hunter, Haidyn and Harper), enjoy spending time on this farm doing all the same activities.

Chad has been in real estate since 2008, specializing in the sales of hunting, recreational and farm land.  Chad has sold millions of dollars of land all throughout Michigan.

Prior to this and still today, Chad owns and operates Stoney Creek Outdoor Properties, a wildlife habitat management company.  He travels all over the Great Lakes region, consulting with landowners and helping them achieve their goals of being a better steward of the land by providing wildlife with the best possible habitats to thrive in.

If you are looking to live in a state with a rich hunting and fishing heritage, then Michigan is for you!  Thousands of lakes, thousands of miles of rivers and streams, thousands of miles of ATV/utv/jeep trails, thousands of miles of hiking trails, thousands of miles of great lakes shorelines and the list goes on and on.  Don’t forget all the amazing resort towns all up and down the shores of the Great Lakes.

Chad’s favorite Michigan activities are hunting the farmlands for deer and floating the northern MI rivers and lakes for game fish. He has also traveled to Ohio, Illinois, and Iowa to hunt and guide deer hunters.  Several trips to Colorado for elk and mule deer have resulted in a notched tag on a large mule deer buck.  Several ‘spring break’ trips to Florida have resulted in a newfound passion for ocean fishing!

Chad is a member of the Quality Deer Management Association/National Deer Alliance since 2005.  He started the Clinton/Ionia Branch in 2005 and remains the branch President today.  In 2009, the branch was awarded the National Branch of the Year for its work with venison donation programs, youth events and educating 100’s of hunters on the benefits of Quality Deer, Hunter and Land Management.

In 2016, Chad was awarded the National Branch President of the Year for his work in building landowner deer management co-operatives, building the venison donation program, leading the branch for many years and being a mentor to both young and adult new hunters.  Chad is also a Deer Level I and II graduate from the QDMA.

My Listings

Michigan Hunting and Recreational Land for Sale Reduced

Michigan Hunting and Recreational Land for Sale

Shepherd, MI
Michigan hunting land for sale.  Michigan recreational land for sale. Michigan wooded land for sale.  This almost square 37.5 acre parcel is conveniently located between Mt. Pleasant and Midland and just off of M20.  It sits on a very quiet dirt road to give that 'up north' feel.  A campsite sits along Miller Rd and does have an outhouse and storage shed. The campers do not stay with the property.  The tree stands and box blinds do not stay with the property either, but are negotiable in the sale. The seller has been creating bedding areas, creating water holes, and opening up food plots in the woods as the land has been untouched for many years.  His deer sightings have improved with those land improvements.  There are hundreds of white and red oaks throughout the property.  Some could be harvested, but a couple different timber buyers say there are not enough of them to do a harvest just yet.  Let's go walk it!
Michigan hunting land for sale Sold

Michigan hunting land for sale

Remus, MI
Michigan hunting land for sale.  Michigan agricultural land for sale.  Michigan buildable land for sale.  This unique 12.6 acres has road frontage on M20 and Broadway Rd.  Approximately 2-3 acres is wooded that butts up to Broadway road and would make a great place to build a home.  The balance of the acres is tillable farm ground.  Want to have cows, horses or pigs?  This would be a great place to mini farm. Want a very affordable deer hunting property?  Plant the tillable into more trees and food plots .  The neighboring property is all wooded and holds the deer. There was a mobile home that sat on the site at M20.  It has burned and nothing is left but the foundation.  It is in the process of being cleaned up. The property is sold 'as is'.  There are no health department records for any structures, septic or drain field.

Michigan Hunting Land for Sale in Ionia…

Fenwick, MI
Michigan Hunting Land for Sale in Ionia County! Michigan recreation land for sale in Ionia County! This 12+ acre parcel is made up of an 8 acre parcel and a 4 acre parcel. They are not connected, there is a 4 acre parcel (owned by another party) that sits between the for sale land. As a new owner, you have several options for this property. The 8 acre parcel has an approx. 1120 sq foot A frame home on it. The 4 acre piece is vacant, all wooded, and buildable. If you are looking for a weekend getaway and a place to run the dogs, this is it. If you are looking for a hunting cabin and be able to walk out your back door to hunt, this is it. If you are looking to downsize from your large city home and move to the quiet countryside, this is it. If you are looking for an investment and want to run a bed and breakfast, this is it. Take the 4 acre parcel and install an Amish built cabin and have a second rental bed and breakfast or deer camp to rent out to hunters using the nearby public lands. This property sits within the Bacon Creek QDM Co-Op, giving the opportunity for some great deer hunting even on a smaller parcel. There are a couple of thick bedding areas on the property, and with some timber stand improvement and a small food plot, the hunting could be even better. The 1120 sq ft home was hand built by the seller in 2018. It has 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath on the ground level. The loft has lots of storage and room for several bunkbeds. My favorite feature is the white cedar interior made from trees from northern Michigan, and the red pine railings from one of the sellers' other properties. A small wood stove ads extra heating opportunity but the main source of heat is in floor radiant heat. The floor is stained concrete. The exterior is knotty white pine with a metal roof. A 32 by 10 covered porch is a great place to sit and relax on the porch swing and watch the bird feeders. There are 2 frost free hydrants supplied by a 200 foot well. A 10 by 22 storage shed is heated and is partially used as a dog kennel with an outside run. The taxes are approx. $3200 for the 8 acres with home. The taxes for the vacant 4 acres is approx. $465. The parcel ID for the 4 acres is 150-003-000-015-10.

71 Acre Parcel with Tillable Portion Gratiot…

Riverdale, MI
This listing/parcel can be purchased along with an adjacent 89 acres with MLS number 23143971 and the sale of both parcels is contingent upon the other selling. The sellers and myself have done a lot of detailed habitat work on this property that I rarely see on a listing. This 71 acre parcel has approx. 35 acres tillable with the potential to convert more into ag.  Property has access from the east and west via 2 N/S roads for great tree stand access for predominant winds!  An approx. 7 acre apple orchard and several food plots complement the thick woods to make for some great deer hunting.  Check out the aerial photos to see all the woods/swamp/cover on the neighboring properties.  Some tree stands and box blinds will stay. Sellers to retain mineral rights, but are negotiable

Phenomenal 88.8 acres of hunting and recreational…

Riverdale, MI
This listing/parcel can be purchased along with an adjacent 71 acres with MLS number 23143991 and the sale of both parcels is contingent upon the other selling. Phenomenal 88.8 acres of hunting and recreational land.  A 40x33 pole barn with 16x33 finished bunkhouse inside that is furnished.  Barn built in 2015.  Electricity and a newer well for power and water at the barn. I have personally done a bunch of habitat work on this property over the years.  I have rarely seen a property with this much detail habitat work done by the sellers and myself.  You really need to walk this property to appreciate it! A lot of blood, sweat, tears, and love has gone into making this an outstanding hunting property.  Food plots, fruit/nut tree plantings, and prairie and switchgrass plantings are all there.  The Pine River runs through the property and has a trout population.  Some tree stands and box blinds stay. Mineral rights are reserved by the seller but are negotiable.
35 Acres of Whitetail Heaven Montcalm County MI Sold

35 Acres of Whitetail Heaven Montcalm County…

Fenwick, MI
A gated and locked entrance and tree and brush screened road frontage give you peace of mind on this 35 acres of whitetail heaven.  An Amish cabin that will sleep 4-5 people with power and propane heat, an outhouse with septic tank, and a well that hasn't been connected to the cabin give you most of the comforts of home while you are out hunting for the day or weekend.  Jeff Sturgis wrote a habitat management plan for this parcel and it has transformed this once open field into a wildlife sanctuary.  Several small ponds hold waterfowl and provide water for lots of different wildlife. The property sits within the Bacon Creek QDM co-op that has a track record of harvesting big bucks.  Neighboring parcels have taken 160+ inch bucks.  This is also in rifle zone territory. The address listed is a 1 acre parcel and the adjoining approx. 33.5 acre parcel makes up the balance of the for sale property.  That parcel ID is 010-024-002-30. This is what the seller has to say... "Great piece of land to chase whitetails.  35 minutes from Grand Rapids.  Rifle Country.  Cabin to keep dry and warm up.  Small Man Cave to get away to watch games. Land contains 3 Ponds.  Whitetail Habitat inspired designed with hinge cut property lines.  3 Raised Enclosed Hunting Blinds and 7 Tree Stands.  Switch Grass screening planted 2 years ago on the East Property Line and 2 acre plot of switch grass planted to create more bedding areas for Whitetails.  ÿSwitchgrass should grow to 6-7 feet tall by next year.  Property has it all.  Walks like 50 acres and holds deer over 12,000 trees planted throughout the property with spruce, poplar, and cherry trees.   You will not get skunked on this property.  If whitetails are your passion this property is all you.  Big Buck country.  Perfect for the hunter that likes to get away from home but close enough where you can go home for the night and return easily in the morning to hunt."