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 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!

-To learn more about Potlatch Real Estate sales and
meet other members of our Preferred Broker Network, click here.

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Why it’s a Good Time to Buy Land

Great article by one of our Arkansas Preferred Brokers – Mark Knight of Davis DuBose Knight Forestry & Real Estate PLLC.  He says there are many reasons why now may be the perfect time.  Are you tired of hunting on your friends’ land? Worn out with driving back and forth when you could have a cabin to stay near your favorite recreation spots? By owning now, you can have a home base for hunting, hiking, boating or whatever you want to do.

We agree. Read the full article – maybe you’ll find your reason to own now. =)

Well done, Mark!

Why It’s a Good Time to Buy Land

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Congratulations to one of our own!

Congratulations to one of our own, Ricky O’Neill for his recent acknowledgement by the Arkansas Forestry Association as 2016’s Educator of the Year!  Thanks for all you do as a member of the Potlatch Real Estate Team and all you … Continue Reading

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Buying Timber Never Goes Out of Style

If you’re looking to buy a recreational property, it’s smart to consider the timber on a property as part of your buying decision.

Buying timber never really goes out of style, and now is a good time to look at timber as part of a long-term investment strategy, according to a recent story in Barron’s.

The story describes how timber can be an attractive investment in a number of ways:

  • “Trees grow regardless of the politics in Washington.” Returns on timber have been shown to be consistent regardless of what the political climate is at the time.
  • “There is, of course, the cash flow you earn from harvesting the trees and selling the timber. Then, there is the biological return, the increased value of the trees you haven’t harvested as they grow each year.” Also, a landowner can benefit from the appreciation of the underlying forest land.
  • Properties stocked with young trees can be a good bargain, the story suggests. “They are cheaper to buy and have time to grow in value before they are ready to harvest. Pick timberlands with a large quantity of these, but then balance that by holding out a smaller selection of mature trees, which are ready to harvest and can earn you some immediate returns.”

Of course, the story emphasizes, patience is a virtue in this type of investing. And that ties in well with the long-term appeal of buying a property for your family’s recreational enjoyment in the coming years.

The experts in Potlatch’s Preferred Broker Network have deep experience in matching your recreational and timber investment needs, and they can help you find the property that will be perfect for you. Contact one of them today to get started!


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Don’t Put Your Hunting Gear Away Yet!

May seem like a quiet time for hunters.  But, this hunter found plenty to do in February.  So, in the spirit of the week, here’s a “valentine” from us to you for all our hunting friends. ♥

February is Full of Hunting Opportunities

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Wood you be ours?

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Arkansas is a Great Whitetail State

…and this is just one of 5 states where we have recreational land available for sale! According to this recent North American Whitetail article, “Arkansas is one of the South’s best states for taking trophy bucks with bowhunting gear.”

So, if you love to hunt or just love to get outdoors, start your land hunt with one of our Potlatch Preferred Brokers – how great would it be to hunt on your own land this year?  Contact us today.

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Cross-Country Skiing – A Good Sport for Anyone

With much of the North covered with snow, it’s a great time to think about taking up cross-country skiing.

It’s a sport that has advantages for people of all ages. It’s a relatively inexpensive sport to get into, since trail passes tend to be cheaper than the lift passes you must buy to do downhill skiing at a resort. And there are opportunities in many areas to affordably rent cross-country skis so you can try out the sport.

“Cross-country skiing is extremely popular in many parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and other northern states, and it’s easy to see why,” says Phil Hyde of Bear Island Land Co., a Potlatch Preferred Broker in Ely, Minnesota.

“It’s a wonderful way to get exercise in the winter and something many folks who live in northern Minnesota look forward to for a change of pace,” says Phil, who lives within reach of a number of cross-country skiing trails. “And, even better? You can see some beautiful scenery in the process.”

 If you don’t know much about how to get started, a good resource is the Cross-Country Ski Areas Association, which has an informational Q&A on its website, along with a searchable list of areas around the country where you can cross-country ski.

Among the answers you will find:

  • People of any fitness level can cross-country ski, and children as young as 5 can take lessons.
  • Picking a location for your outing should include considering everything from whether you need to rent equipment to whether you want to stay onsite or near the trail.
  • It’s best to wear synthetics and wool, as opposed to cotton, which absorbs and holds moisture.

Many of Potlatch’s recreational properties are located within easy reach of quality cross-country skiing trails, part of the reason the properties offer opportunities for year-round recreation.

And now is a good time to start your property search. Contact any of our Potlatch Preferred Brokers – they are your best resource for buying a property that will be a great fit for all your outdoor recreational needs.

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