Happy Memorial Day

From all of us at Potlatch, thank you for your service.

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Predicting the Deer Rut in the South can be Tricky

If you’re a deer hunter in Mississippi or Alabama and planning your hunting trips for next winter, you may wonder how to know when the all-important rut will occur – that wonderful time when bucks are on the move in areas where does are bedding down.

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t simple, because of the nature of the deer rut in this part of the South.

“It’s often called the ‘trickle rut’ around much of the South, because there usually isn’t a short span of time for the rut like there is further north, where cold weather is more of a factor,” says Scott Lindsey of United Country Gibson Realty & Land Co. in Mississippi, a member of the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network.

The weather is one of many factors that contribute to the unpredictable nature of the rut in the South, writes Jeremy Flinn in a story on the Deer & Deer Hunting website. Another factor: deer were brought into Mississippi from other parts of the country in the early 1900s to repopulate herds in the state, creating an extremely diverse deer population.

Unlike in the North, when it’s easier to identify several critical weeks to be out in the woods during the rut, figuring out when the rut will occur in South takes developing deeper knowledge about the habits of deer in your favorite hunting spots.

“It’s important to build your own database of information, with the help of good note-taking and trail cameras,” says Jonathan Goode, a Potlatch Preferred Broker with Southeastern Land Group who handles Potlatch recreational sales in Alabama. “There is no substitute for spending the time necessary to understand the habits and quirks of the wildlife in a particular area.”

Of course, it’s easier to have access for this kind of research when you own your own hunting property, or own a tract near public land that is available to deer hunters. Now is a good time to purchase a property, set up cameras and start to understand the habits of the wildlife in an area you can call your own.

“It’s smart to buy a recreational property in Mississippi or Alabama as a base for your deer hunting in the spring or summer, giving you plenty of time to be set up for the following winter,” Lindsey says. “Planning food plots, setting up tree stands, learning the area – all this takes time, so you want to own a property ahead of time.”

To get started, contact Scott Lindsey, Jonathan Goode or any of the experts in the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network. They know recreational property and they know deer hunting. With that knowledge – tied to deep experience in helping land buyers – they will help you find a property that provides you and your family deer hunting memories for a lifetime.

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Happy Mothers Day from all of us at Potlatch!

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Risks to Owning Rural Land

A recent post by one of our own Preferred Brokers – not a risky read to find out ideas to help prevent, mitigate or transfer your risk.  Nice article Jonathan – thanks Southeastern Land Group!

Risks to Owning Rural Land

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Smart Timber Harvesting on a Property Requires Planning

There are a number of reasons why you may want to selectively harvest timber after you buy a recreational property:

You may want to clear a site for a cabin. You might need to improve access to the property.

Or as is the case with many Potlatch properties, your tract may have mature timber that offers the opportunity for cash flow.

As with most things in life, though, smart selective harvesting requires a plan. Before you buy, work with a knowledgeable real estate broker and a consulting forester to understand the timber on the property, says Brian Bignall, Minnesota Wood Procurement Manager for Potlatch.

“Then, after you buy the property, create a plan for selective harvesting that will help you reach your goals,” he says. “To start, you will need to know what the short- and long-term harvesting opportunities look like.”

Bignall, who creates harvesting plans for landowners across northern Minnesota, begins his work by assessing the age and health of the pine and hardwood trees on a property. Pine trees as young as 25 years can generate revenue, while hardwoods qualify as merchantable timber after 40 years of growth.

To gauge the health of a pine tree, Bignall says, the “live crown ratio” is the standard measurement, based on the number of green branches on a tree. A ratio of 30 percent or higher is good: If green branches cover 30 feet or more of a 100-foot tree, for example, it’s considered a healthy tree. Meanwhile, there are other ways used to gauge the health of hardwoods.

With the knowledge of your tree stands in hand, the next step in creating a quality harvesting plan is to consider the opportunities for revenue and then match those up with what you want to do with your property. If you want to improve the quality of wildlife on the property, for example, you may want to keep some downed hardwoods in place, since those can create quality wildlife habitats.

As you are making your plans, also think about the time of year that will be best for harvesting. Harvesting in the winter has advantages, because frozen ground holds heavy equipment better than muddy trails impacted by heavy summer rains.

The market for timber is strong year-round, Bignall says, and the market has been very consistent in recent years, making the revenue projections in your plan more predictable.

If all this seems complicated, know that you don’t have to figure everything out yourself. That said, the time to think about timber harvesting possibilities is before you buy. Get started by contacting a Potlatch Preferred Broker: They are experts in knowing how to tie timber harvest planning into your purchase decision.

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Spring into our latest newsletter!

Click for the Spring 2017 issue online.

Spring.  The season of new beginnings.  Snow is melting.  You can see green on lawns, in the trees and andin flowers complementing the blooms.  What will your new beginning be this season?

Maybe you’ll find the answer in our latest newsletter?

Click here to read our Spring 2017 issue.


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Happy Easter from all of us at Potlatch!

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Tips for a Great Turkey Hunt

Crocuses and daffodils peeking through the soil, buds on fruit trees and ducks flying overhead all signal that spring is on the way– and so does the advent of turkey season.

In states like Arkansas, Idaho and Minnesota, Mississippi and Alabama, turkey hunts are a much-anticipated herald of spring. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a safe and successful hunt.

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  • Be an early bird. Arriving at your chosen hunting spot in the wee hours of the morning ensures you’ll be there to hear the first call of the hens. Plus, if the area isn’t as flush with game as you hoped, you’ll still have time to pick a different spot.
  • Patience is rewarded. Give the area at least 30 minutes before moving on. And, don’t make sudden movements like raising your gun too quickly, which can startle the birds and give them a chance to flee.
  • Carry plenty of calls. It’s good to have different types of calls at your disposal including a gobble call, but for safety reasons be very careful when using a gobbler on public lands.
  • Don’t call too much. Plenty of calls are a great thing, but using them too frequently is not. Birds can be turned off by excessive calling, especially at the roost tree.
  • Play hard to get. Make the gobbler want to come to you. If you get a bird gobbling, let them gobble once or twice before calling again.
  • Camo up. Wear camo from your nose to your toes. Try to match the pattern with the foliage and forest type, and always wear a head net or face paint. Be aware of that shiny watch or gun barrel or a stock that glints in the sun!
  • Position your turkey decoys properly. Place decoys at a 45-degree angle from the hunter on the opposite side of where you think the gobbler will come in from. Decoys can be great assets when used correctly.
  • Ready, aim, fire.To the inexperienced, missing a big target like a turkey at 30 yards seems almost impossible, but it happens and often to veteran hunters as well as beginners. Pattern your shotgun before you go, and be aware that most guns will shoot somewhat high. For that reason, aim just where the neck meets the breast, and never shoot when the bird is moving.
  • Prospect for birds. When the birds are already on the ground, it’s good to “prospect” for birds by walking ridges and doing some light calling. When you do hear a gobble, move as close to his position as you can. When you’re within 100 yards, set up and try to call again.
  • Mark the evening roost.If you’re lucky enough to roost a bird in the evening, mark the spot well so you can find it in the pre-dawn light. When you return, don’t use a flashlight if you can help it, and don’t approach the tree so closely that the bird can see you.

Be sure to check with your state’s wildlife or game commission for the season’s schedule and proper licensing requirements.  Looking for more valuable hunting and real estate information, check out our Resource Library.

And, if you’re interested in more information about hunting near or on Potlatch properties, contact a member of our team in your neck of the woods.  They’ll be glad to help you find the right roost for your hunt! Gobble, gobble!

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Kick the Habit in the Off-Season


As you hone your shooting skills for the next deer season, consider opening both eyes as you spend time at the range working on your accuracy.

In a blog post by Field and Stream, T. Edward Nickens suggests that if you are closing your so-called “weak eye” as you aim, you are hurting your depth perception while eliminating the possibility you might see a bigger buck off to the side while you are aiming your rifle.

Nickens offers tips for practicing this approach, with both eyes open, at the range and at home. To find out more, click here.

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Welcome Southeastern Land Group!


Southeastern Land Group joined the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network in early 2017. The Southeastern Land Group team helps people purchase Potlatch-owned recreational and timberland investment properties throughout Alabama, which is a natural fit with their core business being rural land sales.

The company was founded in 2003 as AlaLandCo, with the goal of helping people buy and sell farms, timberland, and recreational properties in Alabama. In 2015, AlaLandCo became Southeastern Land Group, and has grown from focusing solely on Alabama to now providing these same services in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee.

The team is passionate about helping people buy and sell land, and the results are proof positive. With more than 20 full-time land brokers and agents, and two office administrators, the company sells properties both large and small to a wide variety of buyers.

Jonathan Goode

Jonathan Goode is leading Potlatch recreational property sales for Southeastern Land Group in Alabama, working with his colleague Rick Bourne. Both have significant experience in selling all types of rural properties, giving them the ability to help buyers understand both the recreational and investment sides of a purchase.

For Goode, the work ties into his love of the outdoors. He lives on a 70-acre farm near Marion in Perry County, Alabama, where his family grows much of its own food and enjoys spending time in the outdoors.

“Like many people, I want my children to have opportunities to be in the garden, to play in the creek, and to enjoy hunting, fishing and just being outdoors.” he says.

Jonathan is an Accredited Land Consultant (ALC), a prestigious designation of the Realtors Land Institute (RLI) earned by land brokers who have demonstrated significant skill and knowledge in their field. He served as president for the Alabama Chapter of RLI in 2016. Jonathan is a co-host of the weekly radio program, The Land Show, and is a contributor of land-related articles for LandThink.com and the RLI blog.

“Being part of the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network is a real privilege,” Jonathan says. “We appreciate the opportunity to serve in a Network that includes some of the top land sales professionals in the country. Prospective buyers appreciate property that has been well managed, and Potlatch is known for being good stewards of their lands.”

Welcome Jonathan, Rick and the entire Southeastern Land Group team!

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meet other members of our Preferred Broker Network, click here.

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