Buyers Value Proximity to Public Lands


We were happy to sponsor the January 2021 LandThink Pulse question, “When buying rural land, how important is it that your property be located near public land?”. It was the general consensus of the LANDTHINK audience that owning land adjoining a national forest, park or wildlife refuge is highly desirable.

Click on the article to find out more about public land and the advantages and disadvantages to owning property near it. The recreational land experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network can help when you’re ready to explore your land buying options.  Start your search at our website,, and then contact a member of our team so you can start enjoying your own recreational land!

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Land Sales Staying Strong during Pandemic, RLI Members say

The Realtors Land Institute, the top association in the U.S. for land brokers, holds occasional member roundtables to hear how things are going. In a recent roundtable, participants were bullish about how land sales are going despite the pandemic.

A Colorado broker talked about heavy interest from California land buyers for properties in Idaho, and in turn, Colorado. And a Texas broker noted that recreational tracts under $1 million are his hottest item, with buyers looking for uses from deer and duck hunting to timber investment.


This matches what we’re hearing from the experts in PotlatchDeltic’s Preferred Broker Network, with continued interest from buyers of our properties in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, and Mississippi. It’s all part of a trend that we call “recreational distancing.”

As Russell Riggs of the Realtors Land Institute noted in a blog post:

“If real estate is still viable, land real estate may be in an even better position to take advantage of changing social trends and shifting demographics,” he wrote. “Increased time inside close quarters during the coronavirus pandemic is causing some urbanites to consider moving toward the suburbs and even further, a recent survey shows. …

“Anecdotal evidence from agents in Seattle and along the West Coast indicates that smaller cities in the region like Boise, Idaho, are becoming increasingly attractive.”

Clearly, buying recreational land is being seen by many as a viable option for investment. Looking for your own spot to enjoy and to build a legacy of your own? Contact one of our Preferred Broker Network experts today.

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New to Hunting and the Outdoors? Tips to help you get started!

For those of you who are new to hunting, it can seem a bit overwhelming, whether it’s knowing what gear to buy, where to take your first hunting trip, or how to get advice.

Tom Claycomb, an outdoors writer for the Idaho State Journal and a number of other media outlets, recently offered some thoughts that can be of help in sorting everything out.

For first-time hunters, he emphasizes that there’s nothing more important than gun safety. Take the time to learn how to handle a firearm correctly and establish a rule with your companions that anyone is encouraged to speak up if spotting an unsafe practice.

As for getting assistance with learning how to hunt and what equipment to get, having knowledgeable friends to tag along with is a huge help. In addition to that, there are tons of online videos available for everything from how to evaluate a property for hunting potential to tips for what to wear in different kinds of weather.

Also, once the pandemic is over, consider going to a hunting show in your area, which will probably include educational seminars about all things related to hunting. And while many of these shows are currently being held virtually, the information passed along can still be quite helpful.

And finally, think about logistics. If having a property near the best hunting areas in your state means less travel time, you may want to think about buying recreational land that you could use for a home base, whether you are camping on the property or building a cabin there. Then, you’re able to take advantage of all that’s close to your property, which in some cases may be public lands that offer quality hunting opportunities.

PotlatchDeltic has numerous recreational properties for sale in Alabama, Idaho, Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Mississippi. The experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network can help you find a property and think of resources for revving up your outdoor life and hunting activities. Contact one of our experts today, so you can use your property this spring and summer.

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Hunting on a smaller tract? Here’s 5 helpful tips.

When it comes to owning a quality hunting property, bigger isn’t automatically better. Indeed, even if your recreational land tract is relatively small, there are ways to maximize your hunting experience.

Here are five tips that can be helpful for hunters who own smaller properties, with the help of writer Huston Martin on the Grand View Outdoors website. Martin owns 60 acres in an extremely popular hunting area, but has found ways to still take quality deer on his property.

  1. Where allowed, having quality food plots will help keep quality wildlife on your property, instead of just watching deer leave for your neighbor’s tract. This strategy, which is popular in Southern states, requires planning and care, but the payoff can be significant.
  2. Create a buffer between your food plot and your neighbor’s property. If you are planning a food plot, don’t plant it near the property line, and use trees and thick cover as part of your own private hunting sanctuary.
  3. Box blinds can help you watch deer without being detected, even on a smaller property. They are also a good way to keep dry and warm in inclement weather.
  4. Be careful to make sure there aren’t too many people hunting on your property at once.
  5. Think about what’s near the property you are thinking of buying, remembering that you are buying a home base for your hunting activities and that not all your excursions need to be on your own property if nearby properties are accessible to you.

PotlatchDeltic sells recreational properties of all shapes and sizes, and the experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network can help you find a tract that will fit your hunting needs. Contact one of our brokers to get the process started.

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Avoiding Pitfalls when Buying Recreational Property

When you start thinking about buying recreational land for sale to call your own, it’s important to realize that this is quite different from buying a house. Every piece of property is different, and it’s important to work with a recreational real estate expert to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls recreational buyers sometimes experience.

Recreational land buyers we work with at PotlatchDeltic often talk about how they haven’t made this type of purchase before, so they appreciate it when an expert helps them along the way, and when they find a property where there are no significant issues, reducing the chance of surprises in the buying process.

For some assistance, this article published on by Mark Bice, a Senior Real Estate & Acquisitions Manager for PotlatchDeltic, offers up six tips to help a buyer go through the process of buying recreational land with no pitfalls! Click below to read the full article.


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 broker nearest where you’re interested in taking the next step toward buying.

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New Year, New Newsletter! What’s your land buying resolution?

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Happy New Year! ‘Getting away from it all’ has been a theme throughout 2020, and that need for ‘recreational distancing’ is stronger than ever as we move into the new year. So if you’re ready to find your getaway to hunt, camp, fish, kayak, hike, or just relax, make a resolution to start your land search in 2021! Begin with a read of this newsletter, where you’ll learn more about:

  • Steps to take before you start your rural, recreational land buying journey.
  • Meet our newest Idaho Preferred Broker team- Latah Realty.
  • Check out the Property Showcase to see some amazing land-buying opportunities. Prefer to watch the video? Click here.
You’ll find all these great articles in this issue of The Property Perspective! To read, just click on your preferred viewing format – ONLINE or PDF.
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.
All of us at PotlatchDeltic wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous, and safe recreationally-distanced 2021!
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Happy New Year from all of us at PotlatchDeltic!

All of us at PotlatchDeltic thank you for your continued support and wish you a very Happy New Year! 🎉

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Buying Recreational Property near Public Land – ARKANSAS

If you’re looking to buy recreational land in Arkansas, the advantages of being near public lands are pretty clear. In addition to being able to use your property for hunting, four-wheeling, hiking, camping or other outdoor activities, you can have easy access to thousands of acres nearby for all your activities.

There are a number of factors to consider if thinking about focusing your land search on tracts near public lands. With that in mind, here are six things to think about:

Sugar Loaf; Van Buren County, Arkansas
The property is adjacent to the Sugar Loaf Recreational area, Arkansas’ first National Trail.

  1. Being near public lands can be a positive for land value.  As a general rule, having property that’s contiguous to public land is almost always a benefit and can have a positive impact on value. That said, the level of enhanced value will vary, depending on the quality and attractiveness of the public land use area, along with other factors like the level of access between properties.So as you consider different properties for sale, also consider the quality of the public land nearby. If that land has quality wildlife, attractive scenery and a good water supply, those are significant bonuses. Another tip: If you don’t want to be near crowds, consider buying near the National Forest in an area that doesn’t appear to have easy access for the average hunter or outdoor recreationalist.
  2. It’s important to know all applicable hunting regulations as you think about how you would use a property. The best place for hunters to find the applicable regulations, along with a wealth of other information, is on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website. Certainly, it’s important to know when the various hunting seasons run, for your planning, and it’s also good to know about such things as rules for hunting on public land.
  1. Do your homework as you start looking for recreational properties near public land, so you can focus on certain geographic areas. The Arkansas recreational land sales experts at Davis DuBose Knight Forestry & Real Estate have a number of public lands they would suggest for starting a search of nearby properties, such as the Blue Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Hope Upland WMA, Ouachita National Forest, Sulphur River WMA, Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA, Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge, and Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge.
  1. Of course, you don’t have to have a recreational property next door to public lands to enjoy them. Many recreational properties are not right next to public lands, but within easy reach of them. In many cases, these properties can provide the best of everything, combining the peace of quiet of a tract that isn’t well-traveled, along with being a short drive away from popular, more highly frequented public lands.
  1. Working with a real estate professional that focuses on recreational land is a key to success in finding the right property for you. Real estate agents who specialize in selling homes usually don’t have the experience and knowledge needed to find a quality recreational property.In addition to knowing where to look, a recreational real estate pro can help a buyer navigate everything from ensuring that a tract has sufficient access, to determining the quality of timber on a property, to gauging the quality of wildlife on the land.And it’s important to have a real estate pro at your side if  you’re looking for the most in-demand tracts. Owners tend to hold on to recreational properties next to public lands for years, so when a quality property goes on sale and is priced right, it will sell fast.
  1. Advantages of owning recreational property near public land can be maximized with a little extra work on your part. There is a bonus for hunters of private land near public lands. In most areas, public lands will not have food plots, so growing quality food plots on your property can make your land very attractive to deer and other wildlife in the area.Keep in mind that while you can access and use nearby public lands, there is also a possibility that hunters, hikers and others may cross over into your property if your boundaries are not clearly marked. A professional land broker can recommend someone to help you paint your boundary lines or establish other markers clearly identifying where your property begins.

PotlatchDeltic sells recreational land around Arkansas that appeals to anyone who loves the outdoors and wants a home base for their activities. Visit our website to see Arkansas recreational properties for sale and the contact a member of our Preferred Broker Network to get your land search started.

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Getting better at turkey calls takes practice and more practice!

Are you trying to sound like live turkeys, or other turkey hunters? (John Hafner photo)

Photo credit: John Hafner

It’s a few days after Thanksgiving.  Still have turkeys on the brain?  Certainly, one of the many skills that are helpful in hunting turkeys is the ability to attract birds with a call.

It’s as much of an art as a science, and there are many potential reasons why your calls aren’t working. As a story on the Realtree website points out, the problem could be anything from using the wrong cadence, to being in the wrong spot, to not taking your time.

Like many things in life, the best way to improve is to practice. A lot. It’s also helpful to learn from friends who are masters at calling, whether it’s imitating their rhythm, or seeing what equipment works best for them.

And while many hunters tend to use traditional types of callers, like boxes, pots and diaphragms, there are also other options. As a blog post on the National Wild Turkey Federation notes, tube calls, scratch boxes and trough calls can also be effective. So try different types and see what works for you.

As you get out in the woods this winter, think about how nice it would be to have a spot nearby to camp or build a cabin. PotlatchDeltic has numerous recreational properties within easy reach of quality turkey hunting spots, so contact one of the experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network to get a spot of your own.

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