Winter Property Visits can be Rewarding, but Plan Ahead

If you’re looking to buy recreational property in northern states like Minnesota and Idaho, you might wonder whether you can have a productive property visit when its’s cold and snowy.

The answer is yes: There is no reason you should have to wait until spring to figure out where you want to buy. In fact, seeing property in the winter can be great fun and is often an experience many buyers have never been exposed to.

In the Ely, Minnesota area, where Charlie Chernak of Bear Island Land Co. sells property, his land showings often involve driving, then unloading snowmobiles, and finally strapping on a pair of snowshoes. But the effort is worth it, says Charlie, a member of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network.

“Even if there’s snow on the ground, an experienced land broker can show you the property in a way where you’ll have confidence in knowing what the terrain is like,” he says.

First, plan ahead for your outdoor property visit. Wear proper clothes and headgear. If you’re going to be snowshoeing, practice ahead of time. Carry extra batteries for your GPS unit. Bring water. And make sure you are with someone who knows the area and is experienced in the outdoors.

With the proper precautions, here are four reasons why looking at property in the winter doesn’t have to be a hindrance for you as a buyer, from Charlie Chernak and from Brett Anderson of by Close-Converse, which sells properties in the Brainerd, Minnesota area:

  1. Between using topographical maps and knowing what kinds of trees are found in lowlands, you can learn a property’s topography even if there’s snow on the ground.
  2. Winter is a great time to get wide views of a property, because there are no leaves on the trees or in the brush.
  3. Often, there is greater access to the wetland portions of a tract due to freeze-over.
  4. Winter visits can provide an excellent opportunity to see wildlife habitat due to the visibility of tracks in the snow. (And there are no bugs!)

Also, with the help of your broker, you can still see how a property looks during the spring, summer and fall with the help of photos and videos of the property.

So don’t delay. Contact one of the recreational property experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network, and start your land search now so you’ll be ready to have a home base for your outdoor adventures every season of the year.

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at PotlatchDeltic!

May the good things of life be yours in abundance,
at Thanksgiving and throughout the coming year.

If you cannot reach us this week, it’s because we are spending the holidays with family & friends.  
Please visit with us online or contact us on Monday, December 2nd.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Do you know your hunting seasons?

We ran this a few months ago, but now that hunting seasons are well underway throughout the country and will be changing again in the coming weeks, we thought it was a good idea to share the information again.

The best website we’ve seen for finding all this information in one place is the website, which easily gets you hunting season timeframes in each state.

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 this fall.

Happy hunting!

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PotlatchDeltic Brokers named as Best Brokerages 2019

These brokerages have been named among “America’s Best Brokerages 2019” by the prestigious Land Report for the 10th consecutive year! We’re proud that our brokers have consistently been included in the list since its inception. Congratulations to every member of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network for making Land Report’s annual list of top land brokers!!

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AND, through their United Country Real Estate affiliation (National, p. 82):

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Brokers in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network are experts in all aspects of recreational property sales. With decades of experience and deep knowledge of their geographic areas, they understand everything from what makes a quality hunting property to understanding how to ensure that a property fits a buyer’s exact needs.

Congratulations to all.  Keep up the good work!

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Busting Some Myths about Buying Land

79.3 Acres in Carroll County, MS. Listed with PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker, Tom Smith Land and Homes

When you’re first thinking about buying recreational property, you may hear a number of myths about whether it’s a good idea to buy land.

The folks at Realtree United Country have a helpful blog that busts five of the predominant myths out there.

In a nutshell, here are the facts:

  • The land-buying process doesn’t have to be complex.
  • Buying land as an investment can be a smart move if you do your homework and have expert help.
  • You don’t have to have a ton of money to buy recreational property.
  • Buying land can be a better use of money than putting cash into a leased property.
  • Understanding the quality of wildlife in a certain area is critical, because not every piece of land is a good hunting property.

The recreational property sales experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network are experienced myth-busters, helping both novice and repeat land buyers through the process. Call or email one of them to get your own piece of property this fall!

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Key Questions New Recreational Land Buyers Should Ask

New to buying recreational property? See what Rod Osterloh of by Close~Converse suggests as some key questions to get you started – click to read the full article.  Even though it’s Halloween today, the process does not have to be scary!

Rod, like other members of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network can help you through the buying process by answering your questions, helping you find the perfect property, arranging site visits and so much more.

5 Key Questions for New Recreational Land Buyers to Ask

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Tips to keep your trail cams from being stolen or damaged

If you worry about having your trail cams stolen or damaged, you’ll be interested in the tips Alex Gyllstrom gives on the website, which can keep it from happening to you.

Some of the tips are common-sense ideas designed to make it harder for thieves to take your cameras: Lock them up with cable locks. And put them high, out of reach to those on the ground.

Other tips are tied to catching a thief. For example, use an old, non-functioning camera as a “decoy,” with a functioning camera aimed to catch anyone who takes the decoy. Also, newer cellular cameras that send images to your phone can also serve to notify you of a theft in progress.

And some of the tips are designed to help you get your camera back if it ends up in the hands of someone who would be motivated to return it if they knew it was stolen. Etching your name and phone number works in this regard, and posting about a theft on social media to folks in the area might also be helpful.

As hunting seasons get going all around the country, it’s a good time to think about buying a recreational tract to call your own – a home base for your hunting expeditions. Call one of the land sales experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network to start your search.

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A State-by-State Look at Deer Hunting Prospects this Fall

What’s the outlook for deer hunting in your state this fall? The Outdoor Life website has a good state-by-state overview of how things are looking in each deer hunting state, and overall, the outlook is good.

Here’s a look at what the experts are saying about the states where PotlatchDeltic sells hunting property, along with some notes about PotlatchDeltic’s hunting properties for sale in those states:

  • Minnesota:
    Prospects look good, as most deer population trajectories are stable or improving. Deer densities in northern Minnesota can vary, so it’s important to know about the area where you’re looking to buy property. (That’s why it’s important for buyers to work with local experts who specialize in recreational land sales, like those in PotlatchDeltic’s Preferred Broker group.)
  • Mississippi:
    About 75 percent of the state’s deer harvest consists of bucks 3.5 years or older, with the Delta region producing many of the state’s largest deer. (Hunting property buyers should note that PotlatchDeltic has added more properties for sale in Mississippi this year with good access to hunting.)
  • Arkansas:
    Deer population trends are stable or improving slightly, reversing some trends of recent years. (PotlatchDeltic also has new properties for sale in Arkansas, many of which have features that promote quality wildlife, like water features and plenty of vegetation.)
  • Idaho:
    The best opportunities for whitetails are in the northern Panhandle and Clearwater regions, though hunters will be able to find older-age-class bucks throughout the state. (PotlatchDeltic has created some great small acreage properties located in prime hunting areas with access to vast public hunting land. These properties offer a great base camp location for a private hunting lodge or cabin or could even be used for a permanent home site.)
  • Alabama:
    Prospects look good for the coming season, and experts recommend that hunters spend time getting to know the state’s Wildlife Management Areas, such as the Barbour Wildlife Management Area and the Black Warrior Wildlife Management Area. (PotlatchDeltic has a number of new hunting properties for sale in Alabama, including listings in Montgomery and Crenshaw counties, within easy reach of the Barbour Wildlife Management Area.)

It isn’t too late in the year to buy a recreational property that you can call home base for your hunting trips this fall and winter. Contact one of our hunting land experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network to start your search today.

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Tree Stand Safety while Hunting

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. Click on the article from our Resource Library to learn more and if you’re interested in other outdoor & hunting lifestyle information, be sure to visit the full Resource Library and find the topic you’re interested in!

We’re proud to sell quality hunting land around the nation, knowing that getting outdoors can create memories that last a lifetime. If you’re interested in starting your land search, please contact a member of our Preferred Broker Network today and let the hunt begin!

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Dreams of owning your own property are in sight!

Summer is winding down and Fall is just around the corner.  Cooler weather. Kids are back in school. The boys of fall are back on football fields. New hunting seasons are starting.  Why not look now for that dream property?  There’s plenty of time to buy and get out on it any time you want this year!   With hunting, recreational, timberland and rural land listings from 20 to over 200 acres and prices to fit any budget, your search starts here!

Pennington, Minnesota | 40 acres | $52,500

Beautiful recreational and hunting opportunity near Kitchi Lake, northeast of Cass Lake. Level high ground with maturing red pine that could be thinned or harvested for potential future timber income and young aspen that provides great grouse habitat. Public Chippewa National Forest land adjoins the east and west sides and connects to Pennington Bog Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), a virtually undisturbed tract of coniferous forest providing critical habitat for beautiful and unusual plant species.

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Jody Osterloh by Close~Converse

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Clearwater County, Idaho
20 acres | $71,250
Located in a beautiful rural setting, Bugle Ridge is only a 15-mile drive to downtown Orofino and the Clearwater River famous for world-class Steelhead and Salmon fishing. Another 15 minutes and you’re at the Dworshak Reservoir. All-season recreation is available with summer four-wheeling, camping & hiking, fall wildlife, such as deer, elk, turkey, & bear who are attracted to this private land from adjacent State Land and winter snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. With scenic territorial views of the Idaho hillsides, you’ll also find seclusion for your rural campsite or off-grid cabin and an opportunity to escape from the busy day to day life.

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For more information contact:
Earl Musick
United Country – Musick & Sons

Butler County, Alabama | 78 Acres | $146,250  
This tract would be great for a home site or hunting tract. Power is available and the property has county road frontage on two sides. The timber is mostly loblolly pines that were planted in 2014. There is also some hardwood along the creek drains and a small pond on the property. There is an additional 26+/-acres adjoining this tract that can be purchased as well.
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Jonathan Goode
Southeastern Land Group

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White County, Arkansas | 
119 acres | $214,200Pine Plantation timberland with waterfront land and water views on a private lake. Deer hunting and turkey hunting are popular in the area, with a high game population. Good interior road system to make getting around easier. With direct lake access for bass fishing, you’ll be enjoying your outdoors all season long. Don’t miss this great opportunity!!

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Mark Knight
Davis DuBose Knight Forestry & Real Estate

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Pelahatchie, Mississippi | 101 acres  | $279,750This Rankin County property consists of 101+/- acres and is located approximately 10 minutes north of Pelahatchie, MS. The primary makeup is 89.7+/- acres of plantation pine planted in 2001 and 8.5+/- acres of hardwood-pine mix planted in 1957. The property has been used for growing timber and can continue to be used for a future investment! An established trail system runs throughout and is loaded with deer tracks. This will be an ideal place for someone wanting both hunting and a nice timber stand.
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Tom Smith
Tom Smith Land and Homes





So, whether you’re a first-time buyer just getting started or you’d like to expand your property holdings,  we welcome you to PotlatchDeltic – the only name you need to know when it comes to buying recreational property.

Click here to tell us a little more 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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