As you lease our land for your Kentucky deer hunt (8 point 125' minimum no does to be shot during a trophy hunt), 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) Feel free to arrive can arrive the afternoon before your morning Kentucky deer hunt.
3) There is a larger home/cabin in the front of the property rented for years by a traveling nurse. You will turn left just before it (large sign with arrow pointing the way) and pass it on your right as your heading towards the deer hunting cabin another 300 yards away. Please respect her privacy. She keep trespassers and poachers off the property year-round.
4) Do I consider myself an “outfitter”? I manage the property with year-round food plots, summer plantings, and fall kill plot plantings. I keep the 5 corn feeders going and full. Everything is fertilized and limed to be the most attractive "buffet" within a 10-mile radius. Mineral sites, of course, are fun and cheap to do as well. I've bought every imaginable management tool from sprayers, cultipackers, tillers, discs, bush hogs, tractors to backhoes, and bulldozers.
My prices are lower because I don't cook food for you, walk you to stands, or anything like that; I am a school teacher to pay the bills. Upon booking, you'll be mailed maps of trails, the 12+- food plot locations, what's in each food plot, where the ladders stands are located, where the 4 elevated box blinds are located, 5 auto-feeder locations, etc. I'll offer my suggestions for the opening morning of your hunt based upon what type of hunt you are doing, but I am a school teacher. You are leasing my land for a few days instead of all season. I don't even let relatives ride ATV's on the land in the off-season - I just don't let anyone on the property.
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 cover of darkness and a few hours after hunting times so that it doesn’t disturb 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 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 from 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, and you go right to the “off-limits” cabin. Go left where it says "Adleys Cabin." 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 on 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. For the heater you simply hold down the pilot button for several minutes (not 10 seconds - there are air bubbles) then hit the igniter button. The cooking stove will use propane bottles. I don’t lock doors or windows, so just leave the place as you left it please.
Generator: If you want to watch the TV and movies that are there, I wouldn't use a LOUD generator. I personally wouldn't even use a quiet one, but you can bring one and stick it in the box I have out there that will quiet it even more.
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. I have a larger "pole saw" kept at the cabin if you'd like to use it as well. Bowhunters 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 someplace “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.
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, 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 own the property next door, who do have a spare set of 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. If that is done, your deposit can be used towards a future hunt of equal value at near the same time.
13) If you are the type who wants to hold Kentucky outfitters accountable after they promise you the world, make sure you create a lot of texting and emailing dialogue. I am more than willing to put everything I say in writing.
Bring your quad for assistance pulling out a deer, or I do have a deer cart at the cabin if you need help. It's like a dolly with big tires you can use to pull deer out of the woods.