As you lease our land for your Kentucky deer hunt (8 point 125' minimum no does to be shot), here is a list of basic things to remember.
1) We hope you get a chance to visit prior to booking or even after you are booked, during the summer, you're more than welcome to come out and see the grounds. Bring a quad or ride with me on a Ranger.
2) You can arrive arrive at 5:00 pm the night before your morning Kentucky deer hunt. Bow hunters can go onto the property at 5pm the night before your hunt.
3) There is a larger home/cabin in the front of the property. You will turn left just before it and pass it on your right as your heading towards the deer hunting cabin another 300 yards away. Please respect his privacy. He keeps trespassers and poachers off the property year-round.
4) I don't consider myself an “outfitter”. I manage the property with year-round food plots, Summer plantings and Fall kill plot plantings. I keep the corn feeders going and full, everything fertilized and limed to be the most attractive "buffet" within a 10 mile radius.
My prices are lower because I don't cook food for you, walk you to stands or anything like that. Upon booking you'll be mailed maps of trails, the 13 food plot locations, what's in each food plot, where the ladders stands are located (10+), where the 3 elevated box blinds are located, auto-feeder locations, etc. I'll offer my suggestions for opening morning of your hunt based upon what type of hunt you are doing.
Common sense prevails. Nobody has been granted permission to come on my property to track a deer. If a neighbor had to do this, I’d expect a phone call, but at the very least, they would do it under the cover of darkness and a few hours after hunting times so that it doesn’t disturb me or the deer! If you feel you need to track a deer and it was shot late, I’ve never asked permission to trespass before nor can I give you permission to go onto someone else’s property. Use good judgment!
5) As you come onto my Kentucky deer hunting property and cross the bridge, on the right there is a creek. You’ll find an easy access just past the bridge on the right 30 yards. This is where you shall gut your deer. Don’t field dress on the hunting grounds.
6) I have neighbors that don’t come on the property, but they will stop you entering and exiting the property (as a courtesy to me). It has nothing to do with the fact you are hunting deer, they just know I don’t allow anyone back there. If you’re stopped, just be nice and tell them your friends with “Jamie” and you have permission to be there. They help keep all poachers away!
7) As you pass through my twin 25 foot wing wall entry, you will go down a hill, cross my bridge, then go 100 yards to the first hill. There will be a trail to the left and a larger trail to the left for cars/trucks separate by 5 feet and a trail right to the “off limits” cabin. Take the second left just before the power pole. Here you will see the “off limits” cabin. Continue up the trail about 300 yards to the cabin you are free to use. The nearest food plot to this cabin is about 300 yards away. Some may decide to leave your vehicles near the bridge and walk or ride 4-wheelers to camp. If there is a storm or a random tree falls down, “life happens”. I won’t be coming out there to clear trails during hunting season. You’ll have to figure it out. I keep that hunting ground free of pressure as much as I can. Similarly, the wife drives a Prius up to the cabin, but if it’s rained good or snow on the ground, she has to walk.
8) For gas lights & gas heat, open the tank valve. Obviously make sure all vales are off prior to lighting, light a match, turn on what you need next to the mantle. Disclaimer: If you're not a pro and don't have experience with gas, just don't use it. The heater you simply hold down the pilot button for several minutes then hit the igniter button. The cooking stove will use propane bottles. Don't count on the solar power. I don’t lock doors or windows, so just leave the place as you left it please.
Shooting A Deer:
You can “Telecheck” your deer at 1800-245-4263 or call 1800-858-1549 for Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife information. Remember to fill out your Harvest Log and attach it to the horns. If you don’t have a harvest log, I have plenty in the cabin.
9) Take a map with you. I have bulldozed a nice path around the entire Kentucky deer hunting property, but there are trails throughout the property sparingly. Some people like branches and limbs around them, others don’t. take out a saw to trim back what you need to. Bow hunters will be placing some of their own stands in planned ambush areas, they know what they need to bring.
10) Kentucky Gun hunts -if you are in groups of 4, you want to have at least 2 tower blinds hunted in at all times. You’ll see the most deer here. However, we all know hunting has a lot to do with skill, preparation and luck. Depending on your expectations, you may try to scout out a corridor where you believe you can ambush the big one timing his appearance to feed just at dark. The property has plenty of great places to put ladder stands. Us the map to plan your strategy. I like to go some place “thick” and take a chance, while letting others cover the obvious spots deer will be. Kentucky Bow Hunts - You’ll have to be more strategic. Look at my notes on the different food plots and the surroundings to plan your hunt. Opening morning is the toughest because you simply don’t know your way around…yet.
11) Please remember to disconnect the cooking stove bottle, turn off the gas on the outside and to push the power button on the far left of the silver box that is mounted to the wall that delivers the electricity.
12) Hunts are to be paid in full 60 days prior, but 30 days prior is the hard deadline. Your Kentucky hunting date will be sold to someone else and your deposit forfeited. In all honesty, simply call me and say, “I need another week” and I’ll allow that, but just don’t show up with money in hand because I won’t always be on site during your Kentucky deer hunt. My parents on the property next door, who will issue keys to the cabin if needed. "Life Happens" and you can certainly cancel, but that needs to be done 60 days prior to your hunt. At that point your deposit can be used towards a future hunt of equal value or more.
13) Upon last minutes bookings or cash to be paid upon arrival, you simply go next door to the old white farmhouse of my parents at 980 Poplar Grove. My mother will take your cash payment and give you keys and possibly a map if you forgot yours. I will be there on occasion and sometimes check in during your stay.
Bring your quad or I hope to have a service in 2017 for you to contact my 12 yr. old nephew who will bring out a 4X4 Ranger to drag your deer out, maybe gut it, cut the horns off and cut up the deer for you for a fee. You can always take it to a processor as well.