Time to get your Fishing Gear ready for Summer!

Summer’s here!  Are you ready to go fishing?  If you haven’t already dropped a line, or think you need to get your tackle and fishing life more ready, here are nine tasks you should consider doing now:

Charlie Chernak, Minnesota Preferred Broker, reeling in the big one!

  1. Take an inventory of your lures, hooks and everything you use on your excursions. Check for signs of wear and tear, including older lures that are tried and true but might need some work. (In some cases, you may just want to buy a new lure that matches that well-worn favorite.)
  2. Even if you think you are well-organized, go through your equipment and storage boxes to be sure. There’s nothing more frustrating than being out on the water and wasting time looking for your favorite lure or other equipment you need. Make sure everything is well marked, so you don’t have to remember where every item is.
  3. Show your rods and reels some love. Check the spools and if needed, replace the line. In particular, monofilament has a relatively short life span, so think about replacing that type of line every year.
  4. Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of an expert. If your rods and reels need more than basic upkeep, consider having the work done by an experienced technician, which can save you hours of time.
  5. Make sure you have everything you’ll need to be safe. Double-check that you have such items as personal flotation devices, rain gear and sunscreen available on the boat.
  6. You need to be legal. Some outdoors enthusiasts lose track of their boating registrations and fishing licenses. Think about this before you get out on the water.
  7. In checking your fishing poles, make sure the eyes are in good shape. This can be easily skipped over, but a defective eye can be disastrous if you have a fish on the line.
  8. Sharpen your hooks if they need it. Hooks should be razor sharp; there are a number of hook sharpeners on the market that you can use if needed.
  9. Do your research to widen your world. Check out resources like your state’s Department of Natural Resources site to find potential new fishing spots. Take the time now to check them out. This will help you have a wide range of choices this summer, ensuring that you won’t get bored.

Many of the recreational properties sold by Potlatch are near excellent fishing spots or have them right on the property, and owning your own piece of property for a cabin or campsite could save you loads of time in getting back and forth to the water.

A good place to start in your search is with an email or call to one of the experts in Potlatch’s Preferred Broker Network.

“The brokers in the Potlatch network are highly experienced in matching up a piece of property to someone’s interests, whether it’s fishing, hunting, hiking, or just relaxing,” says Charlie Chernak of Bear Island Land Co., which sells Potlatch recreational property in northern Minnesota.

Contact us and get the process started. There’s still plenty of time to have a place to call your own this summer, close to great fishing or most anything you like to do outdoors.

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Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Potlatch!

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Potlatch ranked #4 timberland owner in the US

Remaining in the top 5 for another year, Potlatch was ranked #4 in the 2017 ranking.

A small percentage of our overall ownership is available for sale in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota and Mississippi.  We are proud to be able to share our heritage of conservation and our commitment to renewable resources.  Looking to become a private timberland owner yourself? Contact us today and let us help you get started!

Timberland Ownership and Management in North America: 2017 Update

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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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