Longtime Hunting Retreat in Clare County up for Auction


A 616-acre hunting retreat, built more than 100 years ago in Clare County, is up for auction. The property includes a lodge and barn surrounded with wildlife such as deer, turkey, and other game.

“Our family over the years has chosen to keep the land in its natural state, and that has preserved its natural beauty,” says Howard Doss, the owner of the property and a research specialist at Michigan State University. The land, located in mid-Michigan, has been in Doss’ family since the 1940s.

The property has two lots that will be sold as one and includes a creek, which runs through the land, a dam, and a registered airstrip that has not been developed. Doss says the property is enclosed by a smooth wire fence that’s deer-friendly. Three elevated deer blinds are also located on the land.

The 11-bedroom house, built in 1908, has a large dining room with a fireplace, a hand-made dining table, and a basement with a bar and pool table. The property also has a garage and workshop, along with a pole barn.

The retreat is about a two and a half hour drive from Detroit.

Sheridan Realty and Auction Co. will market the property and conduct the online auction. The auction company will host open houses on Aug. 22 and Sept. 13. Bidding is underway and will continue until Sept. 15.

To learn more about the property, visit SheridanAuctionService.com.