May the good things of life be yours in abundance,
at Thanksgiving and throughout the coming year.
As fall turns to winter, it gets more and more difficult for deer hunters to find bucks. So why would it make sense to sit in a deer stand all day, hoping the deer come to you?
Instead, it’s often a good idea to “still hunt” – slowly and quietly walking the woods to find spots where the deer are, whether they are feeding early in the day or bedding down later on.
This approach requires patience and skill. A blog on the Bone Collector website gives some good tips for hunters who want to “still hunt” this winter. Here are some of them:
- Move into the wind. Even if you stay in the shadows and are extremely quiet, deer could still get your scent if you aren’t careful.
- Bad weather, such as rain or snow, can actually be a positive, making it tougher for wildlife to spot you.
- Set your GPS to flag your vehicle’s location, then don’t worry about where your hunt takes you, knowing you’ll be able to find your way back.
- Make every movement slowly, whether it’s pulling up your binoculars or getting out some equipment you need.
- Travel light to allow maximum movement, knowing you’ll be keeping warm by being on the move.
- Stay alert at all times. When you are walking deep in the woods, you may turn a corner at any time and be in a high-target spot.
PotlatchDeltic sells quality hunting properties in Minnesota, Idaho, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama – properties you can use as a great home base for your hunting trips. Call or email one of the experts in our PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network today to see what’s available.
BROKER SPOTLIGHT: Tom Smith Land and Homes
Tom Smith, of Tom Smith Land and Homes, is known as “The Land Man” for a good reason – he has the largest land brokerage in Mississippi.
Tom’s company has grown from 22 to more than 50 professionals in recent years, and has offices around the state in Ridgeland, Starkville, Oxford, Hattiesburg, Brookhaven, and New Albany.
The reasons for Tom Smith Land and Homes’ success are simple, Tom says. “People want you to do what you say you’re going to do. We do that. And we deliver results, thanks to a close-knit team that has each other’s backs, like a family.”
This approach is nicely summarized in the company’s motto: “Expect more, get more.”
Before becoming one of the Southeast’s top land sales experts, Tom spent a number of years climbing the corporate ladder, including 15 years with Wal-Mart, where he rose to the rank of Vice President of Operations. He lived in 11 different states and traveled the world, but after 27 years in corporate America what he wanted most was to come home.
Home for him is Mississippi. “I was born and raised in Meridian,” he says. “As a kid, I hunted and fished; I was always outside.”
Still an avid outdoorsman, Tom wanted to live and work in a place that would offer him plenty of opportunities to pursue his hobbies. For him, Mississippi has it all. “We have amazing deer and duck hunting as well as terrific bass fishing,” he says. “Best of all, nothing freezes here, so I can fish year-round.”
Mississippi is a great place to raise a family, and Tom, his wife Ellen, and their two daughters, Kathleen and Samantha, spend many happy hours boating on Lake Caroline.
In 2002, he launched Tom Smith Land and Homes and quickly found his niche. “No one was really focusing on land,” he says.
The company has grown exponentially in recent years, and Tom is delighted to be a PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker. “Buyers like the certainty of knowing the property they’re buying has been taken care of,” he says. “Whether they’re looking for great recreational opportunities, potential investment opportunities or a well-managed forest with quality wildlife, they know a PotlatchDeltic property is quality real estate.”
As an Accredited Land Consultant, Tom provides specialized knowledge to his clients. “I don’t just sell you land,” he says. “I can offer advice on how to design, develop and maintain it.”
And he ensures that the other land specialists on his team have that knowledge. His team includes several other ALCs, and a number of his team members are working on the hard-to-get ALC designation, which requires specialized education and a proven track record in selling land.
The team’s specialized knowledge and excellent personal service combine for a winning formula. “Two factors drive our company’s business,” Tom says, “the loyalty the public has in our brand, and the work we do to get the word out about our company around the state.”
As he cruises properties and talks to buyers, Tom doesn’t miss his days in corporate America a bit. “I have a passion for what I do,” he says. “I don’t have to go to work – I get to go to work!”
For more information about Tom Smith Land and Homes
or its PotlatchDeltic land listings
601 Crescent Blvd, Suite 103 | Ridgeland, MS 39157 | Phone: 601-898-2772
Website: www.got-landcom | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Witching” you and yours a spooktacular Halloween!
As with any major buying decision, it’s important to ask the right questions if you are thinking about investing in timberland. A recent blog post on Land.com lays out a number of good questions to ask as you determine whether such an investment is right for you.
What are the advantages of buying timberland?
To highlight a few: Timberland investments have acted as a good hedge for inflation over time. Trees grow on a property no matter how the economy is doing. And of course, you can use the property for recreation while the timber grows.
How important is timber investment to you in your property purchase?
For some rural property buyers, it’s all about the investment. For others, the timber value is simply a bonus on a property that will be used for hunting, hiking, ATVs or other recreation.
Do I need to know how the land has been managed?
Land management is an important factor to consider, both in how the seller has managed a property up to now, and in how a tract matches up with your plans for future uses and management.
Should I know what types of trees are on the property? How does that play into my investment?
Some types of trees grow faster than others, and each type of tree carries its own unique value. It’s important to understand the types and ages of trees, along with the soil conditions on a property you are considering.
Where can I get help with understanding all this? I’m not an expert in timber investing or land management.
A great place to start is with one of the recreational property experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network. Their job is to understand your needs, and to match up the right property with those needs. They sell recreational properties that have been cared for by PotlatchDeltic, one of the nation’s top timber companies. And they have deep experience and knowledge of timber, both as an investment, and as one facet of a property that you and your family can enjoy for years to come.
Using a safety harness and having safety ropes on your deer hunting tree stands simply makes sense. After all, a fall from 10 or 15 feet could lead to serious injury.
Writing in Bowhunting World, Dave Maas admits he doesn’t always use a harness, since it isn’t always convenient for him. That said, he says he is focusing more and more on safety in his hunts, having heard too many stories about hunters who’ve have tree stand spills with disastrous consequences.
Maas says he has been extremely lucky, since he’s never fallen out of a tree even though he’s been hunting for more than 40 years. But he remembers several scary moments when faulty tree steps have snapped under his boots. Thankfully, he was holding on to other steps when that happened.
He also offers other good common-sense safety tips like these:
- Don’t climb with your bow; use a hauling rope to bring the bow up to you.
- If tree steps or ladders are slippery, or if the wind’s blowing more than 25 mph, hunt from the ground.
- And keep your cell phone close by, in case you have an accident.
As deer seasons open around the country, PotlatchDeltic urges hunters to take the time to make sure they are following best practices, whether it’s by following gun safety rules or ensuring that tree stands are secure. We are proud to sell quality hunting land around the nation, knowing that getting outdoors can create memories that last a lifetime.