Happy Easter and Happy Passover from PotlatchDeltic!

As the celebrations of spring and rebirth are all around,
we wish you a joyous week with family and friends!

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Ethical Hunting takes game and other hunters into account

What factors into an ethical approach to hunting? Quite simply, it starts with keeping wildlife and other hunters in mind as you head outdoors, writes John Schandelmeier in an interesting column in the Anchorage Daily News.

“When we hunt, we must remember that hunting is similar to a bank loan,” the Alaska outdoorsman writes. “Follow the rules and pay back everything that was borrowed.”

Some highlights of his recommended approach:

  • Don’t shoot if you have any doubts about whether you’ll hit your target.
  • Make sure you don’t just carry out what is edible to you; carry out the parts that would be edible to most people.
  • And make every effort to track down wounded game.

PotlatchDeltic is a firm believer in ethical hunting practices, matching our commitment to responsible land use for the properties we manage and sell. Contact one of our Preferred Brokers today to learn more about how a PotlatchDeltic property in Idaho, Minnesota, Arkansas, Mississippi or Alabama could be the perfect fit for your hunting needs.

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Spring Tips for Deer Hunters

Serious deer hunters know their sport is a year-round endeavor. To give yourself the best chance for success this fall, it’s important to spend your off-season in productive ways.

As Josh Honeycutt of Realtree’s “Brow Tines and Backstrap” blog writes, much of the fun of hunting is in the preparation. With that in mind, he offers 20 suggested things hunters can do this spring to be ready for next season.

Among them:

  • Check your tree stands, make sure they are safe, and replace them if you have concerns.
  • Cut your shooting lanes now while leaves are off the trees, making sight lines easier to figure out.
  • Take the time to walk the property where you’ll be hunting this fall, learning more about how deer use it. As you tour, map key areas like watering holes, bedding areas and food sources.
  • Practice your shooting skills, which will come in handy when that key moment comes this fall.
  • Look for signs that other hunters have been on the property, so you’ll be able to go to spots where others aren’t.
  • Check out other potential places to hunt. If you don’t own your property, your access may change in the future, so be prepared to hunt elsewhere.

Check out the full blog post, and as you are thinking about the coming hunting season, the best way to have certainty in your plans is to own your own recreational property. Now is a great time to contact one of our PotlatchDeltic Preferred Brokers to start your property search, so you can have a place of your own this fall!


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A new look as you spring into our latest newsletter!

The calendar says it’s Spring and in most areas, buds are forming on the trees, the grass is green again and new growth is happening all around us!  Now is the perfect time to start that land search you’ve been considering. So, whether you’re looking for information about the recreational and hunting lifestyle or want to see what properties we currently have listed, have a look and see what springs up!

In this issue…

              • Why it makes sense to buy recreational land from a timber company.
              • Exclusive campsite leases?  Learn more about  PotlatchDeltic’s recreational land leasing program.
              • Meet one of our brokers – J.D. Neeley and the team from United Country – Neeley Forestry Service in Arkansas. 
              • And, don’t miss the Property Showcase to see some of our best land-buying opportunities. Click here >> Image result for video icon

You’ll find all these great articles and more in this issue of The  Property  Perspective – ONLINE or PDF (to read, just click on your preferred viewing  format).

So, whether you’re a first-time buyer just getting started or you’d like to expand your property holdings, we’re glad you’re here. Before you go, we invite you to:

Preview PotlatchDeltic’s premier property inventory –  Alabama Arkansas Idaho Minnesota Mississippi.  

Click here to tell us a little more about what type of property you’re looking for and we’d be happy to introduce you to a member of our team – each an expert in their neck of the woods and the perfect partner in your search for your dream property. 

Have questions or not sure how to get started?  Send us an email

Happy hunting!

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Answers to your land-buying questions!

Click to choose your FREE Land Buyer’s Guide.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May your troubles be less.

Your blessings be more.

And nothing but happiness come through your door!

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Broker Reputation key in Buyers’ decisionmaking

When recreational land buyers are picking a broker to help them find the perfect property, the broker’s reputation is the top factor in the decision-making process, according to a survey by LandThink.com.

In the survey of LandThink readers, 59.2 percent of respondents listed the broker’s reputation as the most important factor. That certainly explains why the brokers in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network are so successful – they are highly experienced experts who have built reputations as the people to see for recreational property.

Coming in second in the survey results, at 48.2 percent, was the personality of the salesperson, followed by sales fee/commission (45.9 percent) and referrals or references (36.8 percent).

Almost all of these responses come back to the quality of the professional a buyer is going to work with. And there are some simple questions you can ask to determine whether a broker will be a good fit, as Jonathan Goode of the Preferred Broker network wrote about in a LandThink blog post.

Among Jonathan’s tips:

  • Ask family and friends.
  • Do online searches for “land for sale” in your geographic area of interest, and see what brokers are listing property there with a quality marketing presence.
  • And, check for the broker’s experience and professional designations.

Odds are that when you look for recreational property in Minnesota, Idaho, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi, you’ll see that the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Brokers are among the top land brokers in each of those states. In fact, 11 brokerages in the Preferred Broker network were named to the Land Report’s “America’s Best Brokerages 2018” list.

And not only are these brokers successful, they have built their businesses by doing things the right way and focusing on the customer first. Call one of them today to get your own process started!

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HUNTING TIPS: Deer Hunting with a Minnesota Outdoorsman


The real estate experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network know all about hunting, fishing and other popular recreational pursuits.

So we asked some of the outdoor enthusiasts on our team for some deer hunting tips as fall turns to winter around the country. Our next set of tips comes from Charlie Chernak, whose brokerage, Bear Island Land Co., Inc., helps buyers around northeast Minnesota, focusing on the area around Ely.

  1.  Before you walk into your deer stand, put a little scent on the bottom of your boots.  I shot a nice buck once who followed me in.
  2. Walk slowly down trails or logging roads on windy days with your face into the wind.  I have crept up on many deer by using this “slow stalk” strategy.
  3. Practice doing a basic buck grunt without the benefit of a call.  This can really be helpful when trying to stop a walking or trotting buck as you are trying to make the shot. Handling a call and putting the crosshairs on the right spot can be cumbersome.

Charlie Chernak

Charlie and his Bear Island team know how to help Minnesotans pick recreational properties that meet their needs, whether the buyer wants to hunt, fish or just relax. Call Charlie or one of the other experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network to get started.

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Mapping Website helps you Understand your Property Soils

As you determine the value of a recreational property you’re thinking of buying, understanding the soils on the property is extremely important.

Delineating a property’s different types of soil is an important part of developing a solid timber management plan, because some trees grow better in more sandy soil, while other types of trees do better in other types of soils.

And healthy trees and underbrush play an important role in helping wildlife thrive – a key factor in driving the value of a quality recreational property. As just one example, acorns from oak trees supply a good food source for deer.

So how do you figure out the types of soil on a property? Perhaps the best online mapping source is a mapping website run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that’s based on the department’s surveys of properties around the country.

“The USDA soil map website is the best one we’ve found in terms of quality and accuracy of soils information,” says Rod Osterloh of Close-Converse in Brainerd, Minnesota, a member of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network. “It’s important to get the right information on soils, because that could impact everything from an area’s potential to hold water to how you will be able to access a property.”

To use the USDA mapping website, an effective way to find a certain property is to use its latitude and longitude, since the USDA site doesn’t index properties by parcel. The information in the USDA maps doesn’t go out of date quickly, Osterloh says, with a shelf life of 20 to 30 years.

The real estate expert helping a buyer needs to know how to interpret the USDA maps, how to understand what the soils are and how the soils impact the quality of the property. So it’s critical that a recreational land buyer work with someone who knows rural property sales.

The experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network fit the bill, with deep experience in understanding everything that goes into a recreational property’s value, whether it’s the soils, the timber or the wildlife. Contact one of our experts today to get the buying process started.

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HUNTING TIPS: Stay scent-free with advance planning


We’ve been asking the recreational property experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker for deer hunting tips, and Tom Smith of Tom Smith Land and Homes in Ridgeland, Mississippi has three strong recommendations:

  • Hunters can spend hundreds of dollars on scent killers and enhancers for their clothing, but the secret to keeping your clothes scent-free is to store your clothes in a large zip bag or trash bag. Then, the night before your hunt, place a couple of branches from a pine tree or other native species inside the bag.  This scent will be 100 percent natural and better than any store-bought scent you can find.

  • Hunters absolutely love their hot piping coffee in the deer stand –  so much that they’ll carry a fresh brewed batch in their thermos to the stand. But remember, we can all smell fresh coffee in the morning, and so can the deer.   To help control the smell, take a couple of sheets of saran wrap, rubber bands and a straw with you to the stand and cover your coffee as soon as you pour it and stick a straw through the saran wrap. Enjoy your coffee and your hunt.

  • We all hear of hunters being injured from falling from stands or shooting houses. The biggest culprit causing this is wet, muddy steps and boots. To be safe, stop by your local auto parts store and get a can of rubberized undercoating spray, then spray the steps of your ladder stand or shooting house. Better to be safe than sorry!

Smith is an expert in finding the right hunting properties for buyers in his neck of the woods, as are the other pros in the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network. Call one of our brokers today to get your land-buying process started.

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