A Guide to Hunting Seasons around the country

With hunting seasons underway throughout the country and changing again in the coming weeks and months, it was time to post one of the best websites we’ve found for finding all regulations, dates and guides in one place –  the HuntingSeasonHQ.com website.  We suggest you do check out the regulations for  each state before you go as there have been many changes due to COVID.

You’ll find this link in our Resource Library, along with links to the state hunting regulatory agencies for Arkansas, Alabama, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota and Mississippi.  You’ll also find more articles there about hunting and things you can do to plan for the upcoming season.

At PotlatchDeltic, we specialize in preparing and selling recreational property that hunters will love. Call one of the experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network to start the process, so you can have a hunting home base to call your own!

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How many mock deer scrapes should you have on your property?

Areas with a deer scrape – a low-hanging tree branch that offers a place for deer to get a nice scratch – have long been known as attractive spots for bucks to visit.

So you might think that the more mock deer scrapes you create on your recreational property, the better, right? Not so fast.

As Jeff Sturgis explains in a video on his Whitetail Habitat Solutions blog, it’s important to be thoughtful on where you put mock deer scrapes. And more is not necessarily more effective.

“Just like deer waterholes, the more (deer scrapes) that you have, the lower the value of each one, to the point of insignificance,” Sturgis writes in the video intro. “How many mock scrapes should you have on your land? Just enough!”

As fall hunting season gets into full swing, there’s still time this year to buy a home base for your hunting trips. PotlatchDeltic sells excellent recreational properties in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Call one of the real estate experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network to find out more.

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Tips for Deer Hunting during the Rut

The “rut” – when deer are mating – is an optimal time to bag a buck, since bucks are more active during the daytime hours. Mike Hanback of Petersen’s Hunting magazine did a ton of research, and determined the 10 best days for hunting during the rut, based on a variety of factors.

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Mid-October is the start of the rut in the northern two-thirds of North America, with excellent hunting conditions continuing into November. (The timing of the rut is more unpredictable in the South, since that can vary depending on how mild the winter is that year.)

Beyond talking about the 10 best days for hunting in the rut in Northern states, Petersen’s Hunting story offers a number of solid tips for hunting during the rut, such as:

  1. Cooler weather is optimal, but don’t let warmer weather keep you out of the woods.
  2. An excellent spot for your deer stand can be at or near where an overgrown pasture and a crop field merge. Bucks will run through the area, rubbing and scraping as they make their way.
  3. Certainly, having a grunt call ready and on hand is helpful, but being ready to take the shot at the exact right time can make all the difference.
  4. Consider the hunting pressure in popular areas as you determine where to hunt during the rut. It can definitely be worth the time to find a less-frequented area that still offers what bucks are looking for – food sources, water, and of course, does.

As you’re preparing for the fall hunting season, there’s still plenty of time to buy a home base for your hunting trips. PotlatchDeltic sells excellent recreational properties in Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. Call one of the real estate experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network to find out more.

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Hiring a Recreational Land Expert

If you’re looking to buy recreational land for sale, it’s important to know that it isn’t the same as hiring a Realtor® to help you buy a house.

In fact, being an expert in recreational property sales requires years of specific experience, along with a completely different skill set from knowing how to help people buy or sell homes. Learn how to work with a recreational land expert in the great article from one of our Idaho Preferred Brokers, Sean Wilson of Latah Realty – click below to read the full article.

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Sean, like other members of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network can help you as you seek out recreationally distanced land buying options from site visit through closing.  Contact the one nearest where you’re interested in taking the next step toward buying.

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It’s a great time to get away from it all in Idaho

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, PotlatchDeltic’s properties in Idaho were popular with urbanites in West Coast states like Washington, Oregon, and California. But now, with more people than ever looking to get away from it all, interest in rural properties is surging.

We like to call this trend “recreationally distancing” – leaving the city to have a second home or to live full-time in a place that offers everything from hunting and fishing to camping, kayaking, and hiking.

Nationally, page views of homes in towns with fewer than 50,000 residents were up 87% year-over-year in May on the redfin.com real estate website, more than triple the 22% increase in page views of homes in cities with more than 1 million residents.

And in Idaho, we saw the number of visitors checking out our PotlatchDeltic properties online increase 118% year-over-year in June, with potential buyers viewing a total of 6,700 Idaho featured pages, an increase of 130% over the prior year.

“PotlatchDeltic’s rural properties offer the potential for a great secondary home or simply a weekend camping property,” said Ben Ballard, PotlatchDeltic’s Idaho real estate manager. “Our properties offer the buyer immediate use, with the benefit of having a place to go when the city gets to be too much, either for the weekend, or right now, during the coronavirus crisis.”

Ballard and the Idaho members of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network offer attractive, reasonably priced tracts in several rural planned communities that have proven to be popular with buyers from metro areas like Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.

Three of the communities are in the prime Clearwater County recreational area of Orofino:

  • Huckleberry Estates has elk, white-tailed deer and wild turkeys roaming the area, as well as the occasional ruffed grouse and other small game animals.  The year-round water in Whiskey Creek and other tributaries, along with lush vegetation, create a terrific wildlife habitat.

While the area gets snow in the winter, it doesn’t get as cold as higher elevations, making this a great wintering habitat for most of the area’s game species. In addition to hunting on the property, there are tens of thousands of acres of publicly accessible lands just up the highway, offering you the opportunity to both hunt on your own land and venture out to a wide expanse of hunting opportunity.

Parcels range from 7 to 30 acres, all priced under $100,000. The community is within 10 miles of the quaint community of Orofino and is appealing to rural buyers who are looking for a property without covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs).

  • Tie Creek, also near Orofino, has only a few parcels remaining out of the original 25.  Several of the owners have built homes with stunning views overlooking the Dworshak Reservoir and are taking advantage of the Canyon Creek boat launch, which is just down the road.

Parcels range from 20 to 24 acres, with attractive pricing in the $50,000-$60,000 range. The parcels are very suitable for building, are nicely wooded and offer privacy from your neighbors.

The Clearwater River is well-known for its great steelhead runs as well as chinook salmon, while the Dworshak Reservoir, the dammed north fork of the Clearwater, is popular for Kokanee Salmon and small-mouth bass.  In fact, the state record smallmouth was just caught in early May 2020 from Dworshak Reservoir, at 22.75 inches.

  • Sportsman Estates near St. Maries has sold out of its first phase, but a second phase is coming online soon.  In fact, some of the parcels in this next phase are already being spoken for, before even going online.

The second phase of Sportsman Estates includes four parcels from 6.5 to 11 acres and four parcels that are 20+ acres in size.  It’s located near the nationally known St. Joe River, an exceptional fishery for cutthroat trout and great rafting/tubing recreation spot, while the St. Maries River, the tributary to the St. Joe, is just a few miles away, offering a quieter fishing experience.

In addition, Sportsman Road, which passes through Sportsman Estates, offers access to tens of thousands of state-owned and privately-owned timberlands that are open year round for hunting and recreation, along with providing opportunities for foraging for huckleberries in the summer and prized morel mushrooms in the spring.

 

“A PotlatchDeltic property in this part of Idaho is a wonderful getaway that’s within easy reach of nearby cities, yet it makes you feel a world away from urban life,” Ballard said.

To learn more about all the things our Idaho properties have to offer, contact a member of the Idaho PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network and recreationally distance.

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Latah Realty Joins Idaho Preferred Broker Network

Latah Realty is a full-service real estate broker based in Moscow, Idaho. Their team have a collective 144 years of real estate experience. As one of the longest running and the oldest continuously locally owned/managed real estate brokerage firms in Latah County, their agents are primarily long-time, local residents who understand the greater Latah County area and the communities and neighborhoods within it. Welcome to the team!

To learn more about Latah Realty, read their profile or visit with them online at www.latahrealty.com.

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Arkansas Preferred Broker Profile: Davis DuBose Knight Forestry & Real Estate

At Davis DuBose Knight Forestry & Real Estate in Arkansas, knowing both recreational real estate and forestry creates a win-win for buyers. With real estate experts and registered foresters on staff, the Davis DuBose Knight (DDK) team helps people find properties for hunting and recreation that also provide long-term value as the trees grow.

“Our buyers tend to come from Arkansas, and also from Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma,” said Mark Knight, part owner and CEO for DDK. “We specialize in rural properties and are well-suited to help someone navigate the ins and outs of a land purchase.”

Knight, who has a B.S. in Agricultural Business/Agronomy and an MBA from the University of Arkansas, heads up sales of PotlatchDeltic properties for DDK, and says PotlatchDeltic properties are an excellent value for recreational land buyers. “PotlatchDeltic has quality properties for sale, and a major plus is how the professional land managers at PotlatchDeltic have cared for the property, and they are always so helpful in providing property data for potential buyers,” Knight said. “Also, the company does much of the paperwork, reducing the hassles for a buyer.”

Deer and turkey hunting is a big attraction for many of DDK’s PotlatchDeltic buyers, while buyers are also often looking to add to an existing land holding or to have the opportunity for other recreational pursuits like RV-ing or hiking. And for many, taking some of the economic value of the timber on a property can make owning it and caring for it more affordable over time.

Knight, who leads the company with business partners Pat DuBose and Ray Galloway, says technology continues to help the buying process in a significant way. “We can direct someone to a property even if we aren’t able to meet them right away, instead of waiting a week, or sometimes more, to schedule a showing,” he said. “And
with all the tools available online, buyers can get a tremendous amount of information about a property before they ever set foot on it.”

DDK and PotlatchDeltic real estate team members on a duck hunting trip (L to R): Cole Westbrook (DDK), Mark Knight (DDK), Mark Bice (PCH), Scott Corley (PCH) and Derek Franklin (DDK).

Knight and a team of six professionals manage as many as 50 PotlatchDeltic property listings at any one time. His team works closely with PotlatchDeltic to pick out tracts for sale that offer prime recreational opportunities, whether it’s a tract in Perry County that has hardwood trees and a creek on the property, or recreational land in Van Buren County that’s near the Sugar Loaf Recreation Area and all it has to offer. Knight loves visiting new places around the state and sharing these undiscovered parcels with buyers who love the land the way he does.

With buyers ranging from retirees looking to build a vacation home to couples that have purchased land for camping and fishing with their younger children, Knight shares his clients’ passion for recreation. In fact, he and his wife, Tiffany, are passing along this love for the land to their sons. “Our kids are at an age where soccer and baseball are a big part of life, but they are also developing an appreciation for the outdoors,” Knight said. “That is such a wonderful thing to pass down through the generations, I think.”

For more information about Davis DuBose Knight Forestry & Real Estate or its PotlatchDeltic land listings: 
1100 Asbury Road | Little Rock, AR 72211 | Phone: 501-219-8600
Website: www.forestryrealestate.com | Email: mknight@forestryrealestate.com

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Arkansas Game and Fish Commission – making a difference

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission manages:

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  • 60,000 miles of rivers and streams,
  • 600,000 acres of lakes,
  • and cooperatively manages 3.2 million acres of public land.

In addition to growing the white-tail deer population and keeping education and future conservation efforts active, AGFC supports the growth of outdoor recreational tourism in The Natural State! Thank you AGFC!!

 

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Recreational Distancing featured in our latest newsletter!

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More people than ever are looking to get away from it all – we call this trend “recreational distancing.” So if you’re ready to find your getaway to hunt, camp, fish, kayak, hike, or just relax, now is a great time to look as people are returning to normal, albeit adapted, routines. You could buy now and be out on your land this Fall! So, if owning your own property is something you’re considering, we invite you to read our latest newsletter issue! It’s chock-full of interesting tidbits like…

  • Keys to hiring an expert to help you buy recreational property. Did you know there’s no extra cost to you when you work with one of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Brokers?  
  • It’s a great time to get away from it all in Idaho.  Read about all that north Idaho has to offer, including several of our popular rural planned communities.  
  • Don’t miss the Property Showcase to see some amazing land-buying opportunities.  Prefer to watch the video?  Click here.  

All this and more… don’t miss a single tidbit!  You’ll find all these great articles in this issue of The Property Perspective – ONLINE or PDF (to read, just click on your preferred viewing format).

We invite you to preview PotlatchDeltic’s premier property inventory in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana or Mississippi.  

We’re here when you’re ready to take that next step. Have questions or not sure how to get started? Send us an email.     

Happy recreational distancing! 

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PotlatchDeltic a Top 5 Timberland Owner & Manager

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Remaining in the top 5 for another year, PotlatchDeltic was ranked #5 in the 2020 ranking of top timberland owners and managers in North America.

A small percentage of our overall ownership is available for sale in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota and Mississippi.  We are proud to be able to share our heritage of conservation and our commitment to renewable resources.

Looking to become a private timberland owner yourself? Contact us today and let us help you get started!

 

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