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A business is STUPID if they don't humble themselves to listen and make an effort to improve. Just because people sell deer hunts does not mean they know any more than a 25-year-old who has spent 10 years in the woods.
Complaints I Have Heard:
- Why don't you answer the phone? Answer: I am a public school teacher, so I never answer the phone until 3 pm. It is important to talk on the phone at least once, but I will sign-and-seal in writing anything I say. It's good to get some facts out of the way and basic questions to see if we are a good fit for your needs. Plus, I get a lot of sales calls, website developer calls, people wanting me to donate hunts, etc.
- The cabin did not have things to cook with. Response: They were probably right. I try to make sure there is enough gas for the cookstove and grill. There is always plastic wear, paper plates, paper towels, some basic dishes with a few pots and pans, matches, small propane canisters, but I can overlook things.
- Food plots were more like dirt. Response: This complaint came from a hunter wanting to be out in early September. How do you softly explain that at some point, annual food plots have to be planted every year? You cannot plant them in June or February. Come in early October and my plots can look like "television" food plots.
- Too many does. Response: Pros certainly understand the concept of lower doe to buck ratios. You want a buck to run across a Walmart parking lot chasing a doe like young guys do at the bar near 1:30 AM. Doe harvests happens outside of peak hunting times. One property a mile down the road shoots 15-20 each year - locals shoot plenty as well. It is nice to see females in your food plots - it is a good thing while hunting. Some hunters only want 1 doe left on earth so they can optimize their single hunt; however, I have to think about the future.
- Food plots had a lot of rocks in them. Response: Look at my food plot pictures. That is all the proof I can offer. I am thinking a guy saw 1,000's of half-eaten turnips that he thought were rocks. I do have 2 or 3 plots of the 12-14 that have all kinds of rock that my tractor rake has a hard time filtering out. I throw baseball size rocks out all of the time. If plantings go well, nobody should see many rocks; however, sometimes plantings fail. Since they do fail, usually damn turkeys and crows can devour my corn plantings, I try to plant in strips so there is always something. In my world, not only do the deer have to like the food, humans have to be happy with how it looks as well (it's the truth). Strips plots both looks cool, the deer like them, and it is a safeguard for me - I would be mad as a paying hunter if food plots were non existant and the owner blamed the weather. The key is planting oats, cereal rye, or wheat with a more "sensitve" seed that heavily relies on the weather like turnips, brassicas, or cowpeas or soybeans that rely on planting depth or deer pressure.
- We didn't know guides were not included. Response: I have no response.
- A auto-corn feeder was not working. It can happen. The feeder will get drained of corn more from critters and deer naturally vs. a battery spinner. I get photos all of the time of deer eating it right off the spinner. Birds, racoons, squirrels, etc., they all dig in and spill corn everywhere. I want the feeders spinning around 5 am and 1 pm every day. It only costs me $40 - $60 to replace a lower unit - I keep 2 spare on my Ranger at all times. A feeder not working pisses me off just as much as an owner just as much it does a paying hunter.
- Feeders were out of bow range. Response: This hunter was right. I run 4 or 5 auto corn feeders, with one being about 50 yards away, but most are 20-40 yards away. The feeder in question could only be hunted from an elevated box blind, and I had it a good 70 yards away, tucked in some pines - it was a perfect location! However, I was not thinking. It was perfect for gun hunters, but not bow hunters.
- There are no deer on your property Response: This was an actual text from a hunter. Within minutes of this text, I got a text from my neighbor that said, "Do you have hunters out? They just drove a truck into your hunting grounds and kicked up a nice 8 pointer that ran in front of me." This same hunter went on to say he saw small bucks and 7 does and was suing me. He admitted driving his truck onto the property, but they only wanted to count how many deer were at the feeders. *To be clear, I do not chain deer up at feeders. He then went on to say he and his buddy had expensive thermal scopes and night vision scopes, and took turns throughout the night looking for deer??? Well, the deer do not need "thermal scopes" to know you are there; they will leave. Many old timers tell you they have shot big bucks while smoking cigarettes a in blind. These hunting tactics are fine if you are hunting state land for free, but generally not advisable when paying good money.
My Turn to Complain about Hunters! (This will be fun)
- They sometimes leave trash in blinds or on the ground
- They sometimes leave scent wicks on the property
- A few have drove their trucks on the hunting grounds to drag deer out vs. using the deer cart (1 got stuck and need tractor assistance)
- Some will leave orange ribbon to mark trails, yet the trails are trails, not random woods (follow the map.)
- I'd say my hunters are super professional and respectful, overall, they tend to leave the cabin better than they found it.
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Kentucky Deer Hunting Complaints