Jim Shaeffer

Jim Shaeffer

Serving Southeast South Dakota

Although Jim Shaeffer has had many professional successes, he has always been a conservationist first. When Jim was three years old, his family moved from Alaska to South Dakota. When Jim was eight, his father put him atop a tractor and set him to work on the land. His father and grandfather spent countless hours teaching him to love everything about nature and land, including how to hunt, fish, and use natural resources wisely. Jim has re-established over 4,000 acres of natural prairie for dozens of people in his region. He currently manages over 800 acres of some of the best deer, pheasant, turkey, and waterfowl habitat in eastern South Dakota.


His passion for land and conservation led Jim to Midwest Land Group after 27 years as a CEO for a computer security company. Jim is thrilled his days now consist of walking landscapes to evaluate property potential and sharing his knowledge of national, state, and conservation-funded programs that can help landowners pay for habitat improvements. He enjoys seeing the legacies that clients have created and hearing about their plans for the future.


“Thanks to the mentoring provided by my family, I have a great skill of improving habitat for wildlife and a love of working the land. As an agent for Midwest Land Group, I have the opportunity to help other people enjoy the rewards of land ownership and stewardship. I’m here to help them get the most out of their land.”


Jim and his wife, Vonda, have five children and seven grandchildren, and are active members of Crosswalk Community Church. Jim has held state-level positions with the Quality Deer Management Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation. He’s also involved with Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Safari Club International, and the National Rifle Association.

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Properties Recently Sold by Jim

  • Turner 21

    Quiet, Secluded Acreage, Perfect for Horses or a Hobby Farm

    • Acreage: 21
    • County: Turner
    • State: SD
  • Clay 288

    Great Rotational Grazing Pasture Property

    • Acreage: 288
    • County: Clay
    • State: SD
  • Clark 321

    Diverse Farmland With Lots of Possibilities

    • Acreage: 321
    • County: Clark
    • State: SD
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