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Auction, Othala Moon Hunting

Fairbury, NE 68352

Jefferson County, Nebraska

190 Acres
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April 15, 2024 8:00 AM
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Live And Online Auction - Online Auction starts April 15. Live Auction starts April 18 in Fairbury NE at 10 am Cst. Othala Moon Hunting and Grassland Auction is an excellent opportunity to bid on a terrific parcel of hunting land with income potential from running cattle.

Property tour date is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. or by appointment with Gene Bock.

Auction is pending Seller confirmation.


The property consists of 190 acres more or less.

The rolling hills are covered in native grass and a combination of hardwood including several Oak and Walnut and Cedar trees.

There has been a significant amount of strategic tree removal, shearing work has been done to clear it of Locust, Hedge and some Cedar, while leaving the much-desired Oak and Walnut on this property. There is ample Cedar on the steeper slopes to ensure plenty of cover for wildlife habitat. This work has been done to optimize the grazing and still allow the hunting enthusiast a tremendous amount of pristine hunting land.

The native grasses are showing substantial recovery in the sheared areas.

The property is accessed by a minimum maintenance county road that dead ends at the property so you get the feeling of being remote.


The property has above average perimeter fencing with a water well that is centrally located.

There is a brand new solar panel and pump that has replaced the windmill at the well on the property, providing an excellent and reliable source of water for the cattle and wildlife alike.


Othala Moon Hunting and Grassland Auction property provides incredible recreational opportunities.

The beautiful rolling hills overlooking the Little Blue River valley are covered in native grass with hardwood including several Oak and Walnut and Cedar trees, providing excellent habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

This property offers excellent opportunities to hunt pheasant, quail, turkey, snow geese and whitetail deer.

There are also several species of small game and varmints on the property including coyote, bobcat, fox, rabbit and raccoon, just to name a few.

The property has several Utv/Atv trails and multiple hunting blinds already in place.


This property consists of native grass and a mix of hardwood including several Oak and Walnut and Cedar trees and has been traditionally used as a pasture running cow/calf pairs.

Water/Mineral Rights & Natural Resources

All appurtenant water rights associated with this property will transfer to the Buyer upon Closing.

All mineral rights currently owned by the Seller on this property will transfer to the Buyer upon Closing.

Region & Climate

Fairbury, NE has a humid continental climate with cold winters and hot summers. The average annual temperature is around 52 F, with average temperatures ranging from 35 F in January to 73 F in July. Precipitation is distributed fairly evenly throughout the year, with an average of about 28 inches per year. Snowfall is common during winter months, averaging 25 inches annually. Spring and summer tend to be dryer and hotter than the rest of the year while fall tends to be cooler and wetter.

Fairbury, Nebraska gets 32 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Fairbury averages 25 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 216 sunny days per year in Fairbury. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Fairbury gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 79 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least.01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High the July high is around 90 degrees

Winter Low the January low is 15

Rain averages 32 inches of rain a year

Snow averages 25 inches of snow a year

Information provided from website.


Fairbury County Seat and Jefferson County are steeped in history.

In 1868, James B. Mattingly, a freighter originally from Kentucky, established a sawmill on the banks of the Little Blue River. Shortly thereafter, Woodford G. McDowell, a capitalist from Fairbury, Illinois, came to Nebraska to plat a town along the route of the St. Joseph and Denver City Railroad, which was to follow the Little Blue. In 1869, Mattingly and McDowell each contributed 80 acres for a new townsite, which they named after McDowell's hometown.

The new town grew rapidly, even before the railroad's arrival. In 1870, a population of 370 was reported in that year, the Fairbury Gazette was established. A year later, Fairbury was chosen as the county seat in early 1872, the city was incorporated. By this time, its businesses included three hotels and five blacksmith shops.

In 1872, the St. Joseph and Denver City reached Jefferson County. The railroad was subsequently acquired by the Union Pacific and operated as the St. Joseph and Grand Island branch. Fairbury became a shipping center in the first half of 1873, it shipped 255 cars of grain and received 143 of lumber. By 1874, there were 600 residents 44 businesses operated in the city.

The 1910S and 1920S were the peak years for the Rock Island Railroad, with fourteen passenger trains passing through Fairbury daily, and with hundreds of Fairbury residents on the payroll. To accommodate this traffic, the railroad constructed a new depot, at a cost of $40,000. The city's commercial district underwent a considerable expansion, including two movie theaters and several large retail stores. In 1915, civic leaders began promoting the brick paving of Fairbury's downtown streets by 1930, there were 10 miles 16 km of paved road. The 1920S and 1930S saw a proliferation of automobile-related businesses, such as garages, gas stations, and repair shops.

Fairbury was better situated than many communities to weather the Great Depression. Beside the railroad, it had a variety of industries, including the Fairbury Windmill Company, with a payroll of 50 people in 1930. The city continued to grow through the Depression, despite the difficulties of the Rock Island, which went into receivership in 1933 and did not emerge until 1948. The population of Fairbury peaked in 1950, at 6,395 residents.

Today, Fairbury continues to be a thriving community surrounded by very productive agricultural and hunting land.


Othala Moon Hunting and Grassland is located approximately 3.5 miles northwest of Fairbury off of a well-maintained county road.

Fairbury is home to the Fairbury Municipal Airport.

Fairbury is 2 hours from Omaha, an hour and 15 minutes from Lincoln, 3 1/2 hours from Kansas City, MO and an hour and a half from Manhattan, Ks

Fairbury is located at the intersection of Hwy 15 and Hwy 136 providing easy access from several directions.

Directions to Land

From the west end of Fairbury on Hwy 136 you will turn north/northwest on the River Road and go approximately 3.5 miles to the driveway and go east to the property.

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