ARKANSAS United Country Neeley Forestry Service Inc. J.D.Neeley Camden, AR 870-836-5981 Davis Dubose Knight Forestry & Real Estate Mark Knight Little Rock, AR 1-888-695-8733 ALABAMA Southeastern Land Group Jonathan Goode Dadeville, AL 256-825-4331 IDAHO United Country Musick & Sons Rick Musick Grangeville, ID 208-983-0069 United Country Northwest Land & Lifestyle Properties Tom Moore Hayden, ID 208-772-3000 MISSISSIPPI United Country Gibson Realty & Land Company Scott Lindsey McComb, MS 39648 601-250-0017 Tom Smith Land and Homes Tom Smith Ridgeland, MS 39157 601-209-3284 MINNESOTA United Country Banning Junction Real Estate Natalie Cowart Moose Lake, MN 612-390-3945 Close~Converse Properties Jody Osterloh Brainerd, MN 1-866-403-LAND (5263) Bear Island Land Co., Inc. Charlie Chernak Ely, MN 218-365-2800 POTLATCH PREFERRED BROKER NETWORK Let us show you why your Potlatch Preferred Broker is the only name you’ll need to know when it comes to buying property. Please contact the broker nearest your area of interest or visit us at We look forward to helping you with your property search! Continued from page 1 4 CORPORATE OFFICE: 601 West First Street Spokane, WA 99201 | (509) 835-1500 KNOW YOUR GOALS BEFORE YOU PICK OUT A HUNTING PROPERTY “Having a lot of foliage on a property is extremely important,” Smith says. “Consider that a mature doe eats 7 pounds of foliage every day. If you put 7 pounds of leaves in a container, that container would need to be something like 3 feet by 4 feet.” Beyond good soils and nutrition sources, look for properties that have availability of water either on your property or nearby. And make sure the property isn’t so thick with brush that wildlife can’t roam freely as they seek food and water. “Raising quality wildlife on your property requires care, and you want to make sure your deer don’t just leave the property and not come back,” says Rod Osterloh of Close-Converse in Brainerd, Minnesota, also a member of the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network. “Having wetlands next to your property can be a bonus in helping deer stay on your property, for example.” Having quality neighbors is also major plus. “If everyone is doing the same things to encourage quality wildlife, that’s a great situation,” Osterloh says. Smith, Osterloh and other Potlatch brokers are often asked the same question: How large a property do I need to have a quality hunting spot? There is no one simple answer. For example, 40 acres may be fine if you are near public lands or have quality neighbors. In other cases, you may want to buy a larger tract to have more control over the immediate area. “The challenge often is that someone comes to us and says they want 200 acres, because that’s what their budget will allow,” Smith says. “Instead, we encourage the buyer to start with an open mind. Let’s see what size property will work best for your goals, and then go from there.” After all, what’s the point of buying a property to hunt on if it has less-than-stellar wildlife? “Raising quality wildlife on your property requires care, and you want to make sure your deer don’t just leave the property and not come back,” In every case, the key for a successful purchase is to work with a real estate professional who knows recreational property and knows hunting: That’s how you can make sure you find a property that matches your hunting goals.