IOWA NUMBER ONE WHITETAIL STATE BOW/6 DAYS OR GUN/5 DAYS $4000
8000 PRIVATE ACRES
If you are a serious whitetail hunter get your preference points in May (see below) and you will be able to start planning a hunt for trophy Iowa bucks at a very reasonable price.
2019 archery season started off with his first hunt November 2 to 7. A total of 8 hunters killed 4 bucks and hit and lost 3. They gross scored 160, 155, 150 and an old mature 8 point management buck. Second hunt November 9 to 14 his 8 hunters killed 5 bucks and hit and lost 2. They killed a 163 that had 13 inches broke off his main beam, 159, 145, 144 and a 140.
In 2018 archery hunters tagged 5 bucks for 12 hunters and they hit and lost 5 bucks. Best buck grossed 183, two at 155, broken 151 and a mid 140 buck. First gun season produced 3 bucks for 5 hunters, 158 and 2 small bucks. Second gun hunt went 7 bucks for 11 hunters, best buck went 162.
2017 archery had 19 bowhunters kill 12 bucks with 4 bucks hit and lost. Top 3 archery bucks scored in the 160’s. First shotgun/muzzleloader hunt was 4 for 6, with the best bucks scoring 171 and 160; 2 bucks were hit and lost. Second gun season was 4 for 7 and best buck went 164. Late muzzleloader hunt in January went 7 for 9 and the top 2 bucks grossed in high 160’s.
They have over 8,000 private acres that are enhanced with plenty of food plots in south central Iowa, Zone 5. They enforce a 140 inch minimum rule with a fine of $1,000 and take a very low number of hunters considering the large amount of property, which really helps the trophy quality. They use over 100 lock-on stands and a dozen ladders stands. They also have 10 blinds built on stilts for gun hunters. He has been running 2 archery hunts starting early November. First gun hunt starts the first Saturday in December, second gun starts the second Saturday and late muzzleloader is December 26 to January 10.
Archery hunts are 6 days and gun is 5 days at $4,000 plus 5 percent tax, with a 140 inch mini- mum. Archers arrive Saturday, hunt Sunday to Friday and leave Saturday. Accommodations have been very nice state owned cabins located very close to the hunting properties.
Draw deadline is June 1 and it normally takes 3 or 4 preference points to draw the archery tag and 1 or 2 points to draw a gun tag. GO TO WWW.GOOUTDOORSIOWA.COM DURING THE MONTH OF MAY TO ACQUIRE YOUR PREFERENCE POINT FOR $52, you do not have to name a unit or weapon of choice. HCU’s Scott Steinkruger has hunted with this outfitter. Hunt WD799. WD799 Hunt Photos.
2019-BOW 9 FOR 14 (2-160’S)
RIFLE 13 FOR 17 (AVG 140)
2018-BOW 6 FOR 10 (2-160’S)
RIFLE 13 FOR 17 (2-160’S)
ARCHERY OR RIFLE $4000
This outfitter has over 100,000 private acres northwest of North Platte with over 8 miles of Platte River bottom. He has been EXTENSIVELY PROTEIN FEEDING THE PAST 7 YEARS and it shows.
The outfitter hunts out of 2 camps. The Island Camp has 7 miles of riverbottom with an explosive population of good whitetails. It has a remodeled ranch house and new bunkhouse for accommodations.
West Camp is located on 80 square miles in the hills for mule deer and 5 miles of riverbottom on the Platte River for whitetails.
2019 archery finished up with 14 hunters tag- ging 9 bucks, including 2 grossing over 160 inches and averaging in the mid 140’s.
2019 rifle at the Island Camp over 2 hunts produced 13 bucks for 17 hunters. 3 of the 4 unsuccessful hunters missed bucks. Overall the average buck grossed in the 140 class.
2018 archery at the Island Camp over two hunts finished with 10 archers killing 6 bucks, including 2 trophy bucks grossing 167 and 160, but keep in mind this is a solid 130 to 140 inch hunt and they occasionally take some really top end deer.
2018 rifle season first hunt at the Island Camp produced 7 bucks for 9 hunters, including 2 in the 160’s. Second season the 8 hunters tagged 6 bucks and best buck went 164.
First week at West Camp produced 8 bucks for 8 hunters, including 5 whitetails and the top 2 went in the 150’s and 3 mule deer including a monster 205 and 2 in the 160’s. Second gun hunt had 6 mule deer hunters kill 6 bucks, including a high 170’s deer and 3 whitetail hunters tagged 2 bucks.
2018 season ended with whitetails averaging gross score of 140 inches with 5 in the 160’s and mule deer averaged in the mid 160’s, with 2 over 170.
Archery hunters typically enjoy 100 percent opportunity on 130 inch or better bucks. Rifle hunts normally run about 80 percent success on bucks averaging 140 inches. There is a $500 penalty with a 130 inch gross minimum. Mule deer average about 80 percent success on 160 inch plus bucks. Typically everyone has multiple opportunities to be successful.
5 day bowhunts are $4,000 and run October 24 to 28 and November 1 to 5.
4 day rifle whitetail hunts in mid to late November are $4,000 or mule deer is $5,500.
Nice ranch house accommodations, meals and guiding are included. Licenses are over the counter, no draw. Fly to Denver and rent a car or if you fly into North Platte they provide airport pickup. Limited openings due to repeat hunters. Hunt WD/MD565. WD/MD565 Hunt Photos.
KANSAS TROPHY ARCHERY HUNT
$4000 6 DAYS
2019 – 14 ARCHERS 7 BUCKS
2018 – 15 ARCHERS 11 BUCKS
2017 – 16 ARCHERS 13 BUCKS
This is a true trophy hunt and the outfitter only wants mature deer killed, so if you are not willing to pass on a young 150 inch deer this hunt is not for you. He controls about 10,000 private acres and his goal is to grow and kill big wild deer.
2019 archery season ended with 7 of the 14 archers killing deer and 2 were hit and lost. 5 of the bucks grossed from 150 to high 160’s.
2018 was one of his tougher years, but still 11 of the 15 bowhunters tagged bucks. 2 bucks were hit, but lived and 6 were missed. Best buck scored 166, not up to his normal standards, but antler growth was down in 2018.
2017 his 16 archers killed 13 bucks with 6 grossing in the 160’s down to the smallest in the high 140’s. One older hunter shot a young buck by mistake.
This is a very small personal operation and he takes a very limited amount of bowhunters from late October to end of November. 6 day bowhunt is $4,000 with ranch house accommodations and meals are typically taken with his family next door. Limited openings due to repeat hunters. Draw deadline is mid April and future Kansas hunters should really look at acquiring a point. Hunt WDB1020.
OHIO/KENTUCKY BORDER BUCKS $3500 BOW/SHOTGUN/MZ
5 DAYS – PRIVATE FARMS 2019-20 ARCHERY HUNTERS 12 BUCKS TOP BUCKS 185 AND 170
This small Ohio outfitter could be the diamond in the rough, located in one of the top whitetail counties has 19 private farms close to the Ohio River about 30 miles southeast of Cincinnati. He plants several food plots, has some spin feeders and uses corn for bait.
2019 archery season produced 12 bucks for 22 archers, including a 185, 170 and several 140’s, 2 bucks were hit and lost. At press time 2 more late November archers were scheduled and a few late season January archery guys. Shotgun or muzzleloader season had not started.
2018 archery season produced 6 bucks, includ- ing a great 160’s buck and the rest went 140 or less. One buck was hit and lost and 3 were missed. His 3 shotgun hunters killed 2 smaller bucks in the 130 class and his 4 muzzleloader hunters killed a 120 and 140 inch buck. Two big bucks were hit and lost.
5 day hunts are $3,500 with accommodations either a remodeled farmhouse with 4 bedrooms or a couple cabins and hunters do their own meals. The outfitter typically tries to only put a party in their own accommodations and sometimes archers have their own cabins.
He has assorted stands from ladder stands, lock-ons, ground blinds and a couple elevated box blinds. He does not have an antler restriction.
Archery hunts are from late September to January 31. Shotgun/muzzleloader season is the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Late muzzleloader season is a 4 day hunt usually starting the first Saturday in January. Hunt WDB513.
KANSAS TROPHY WHITETAILS
$5000 RIFLE OR MUZZLELOADER
$4000 6 DAY ARCHERY
This hunt takes place on 25,000 private acres located in the top area of Kansas known for producing Boone and Crockett trophy bucks. This outfitter has a high protein feeding program with mainly repeat booking clien- tele and this explains why so many 140 to 150 inch deer are passed up.
2019 archery finished up with 7 of the 13 archers killing bucks, including a mon- ster grossing 203 and 3 more in the 160’s. One small buck was taken and if you throw him and the real big one out the overall average was about mid 150’s. First December rifle hunt had not started at press time.
2018 archery ended with 4 of the 8 hunt- ers tagging bucks in the 140’s and one big one was hit and lost. 4 early season muzzleloader hunters missed 2 good bucks. First December rifle hunt had 9 hunters tag 7 bucks, including a 171 (9 point) and a 164 inch buck. Second hunt had tough weather and finished with 3 of the 7 hunters scoring, with an overall average of 155.
5 day Kansas muzzleloader hunt is $5,000, 6 day archery is $4,000 and 5 day rifle hunts are $5,000. Hunt includes 2×1 guide service, lodge accommodations and meals. Hunt takes place in northeastern Kansas and this is arguably one of the best whitetail hunting areas in Kansas. Hunters fly into Kansas City and rent a car. Draw deadline mid April. Limited 2020 openings. Hunt WDK565. WDK565 Hunt Photos.
6 DAY HUNT ONLY $3900
Here is an inexpensive Saskatchewan whitetail hunt that takes place on the fringe of farmland and bush. This hunt normally produces about 80 percent success and the average buck grosses around 135 to 140 Boone and Crockett inches, with top bucks scoring in the 160’s.
2019 at press time 9 hunters had tagged 5 bucks with the best grossing near 150 inches. He only had 5 more hunters coming in for the rest of the season. 2020 could be a very good year with hunting pressure this light.
2018 finished up with 23 hunters killing 18 bucks, with the best grossing 163 and a couple more in the 150’s.
2017 season finished up with 20 hunters killing 15 bucks. Best buck was a 161, with the rest in the 140 to 150 range.
2016 season ended up with 20 hunters taking 15 bucks and the top buck grossed 162.
6 day rifle whitetail hunts from late October through November are only $3,900 plus license/ tax. He has 25 heated box blinds about 8 to 12 feet off the ground. Nice two story cabin accommodations right on the lake with good fishing. This is a super priced hunt and airport pickup can be arranged from Saskatoon at a cost of $400 round trip that can be divided amongst hunters. Openings for prime dates may be available for 2020. Hunt WD577. WD577 Hunt Photos.
COLORADO DECEMBER RUT HUNT
PAST YEARS 100 PERCENT SUCCESS
5 DAYS $4500
This outfitter has rights to over 100,000 private acres in southeastern Colorado. He normally allows one October deer hunter to take a whitetail for $5,500. The other 3 or 4 hunters are scheduled for early December closer to the rut for only $4,500.
The outfitter decided not to take any whitetail hunters in 2019 and see if they can get back on track for some trophy bucks in the 2020 season.
In 2018 he had 3 December hunters and all killed bucks, with the best grossing 150 inches, no monsters.
In 2017 all 4 hunters killed bucks. The best buck was taken on the October hunt, a 170 inch non-typical. All 3 December hunters killed and the best grossed 155 inches.
In 2016 all 3 hunters tagged bucks, with the best scoring 180 (largest buck they have taken), 150 and a 140. Hunters typically see 5 to 8 bucks per day.
5 day December hunts are $4,500 guided 2×1 and include basic ranch house accommodations with meals, nothing fancy. Hunts start the first Saturday in December. The early hunt is about the third week of October. Hunters fly into Colorado Springs or Denver and rent a car for the 2 or 3 hour drive. 2020 openings and it should be a great year. Draw deadline is early April and has been 100 percent with 0 points. Hunt WD554.
SOUTHEAST MONTANA WHITETAIL
20,000 PRIVATE ACRES
TRESPASS FEE HUNT $2000
This private ranch is located near the town of Ekalaka in the southeast corner of Montana. The 20,000 acre ranch has about 5,000 acres of agriculture and riverbottom land that really entice the whitetails. Typically success has run at or near 100 percent on bucks averaging from 120 to 140 inches. Deer numbers are high and if you have a doe tag you can take one for meat at no additional charge, same goes for Merriam turkey if you have a tag, no additional cost. In fact, if you want to apply in the June draw for a pronghorn tag and are successful there is no additional charge to harvest a pronghorn if you are deer hunting on the first two hunts.
Hunters arrive on Saturday, hunt Sunday to Friday, 6 days, and leave Saturday morning. Hunts start late October and run to the end of November, pronghorn hunting is only good up to about November 5. They will take up to 4 hunters in a group with a minimum of 2. There is an older construction type trailer on the property that hunters can use for lodging, kind of rough, but should keep you dry. Remember this is a trespass fee hunt, no guides, no food and you will need a four wheel drive truck.
Deer draw deadline is March 15 and we recommend purchasing a deer point during the application process to increase your odds. Antelope draw deadline is aboutJune 1. If you don’t draw make sure you purchase a preference point to draw for the following year either with your application or between July and September. Hunt WDUN534.
$3000 TEXAS WHITETAIL HUNT
Here is a great bargain, something not com- mon for Texas whitetail hunts. This 1,200 acre private ranch under high fence is located in the Texas panhandle near the town of Clarendon. Arrive on a Thursday; hunt Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then depart on Monday. Three hunting days are priced very economically at $3,000 and that includes a buck of 8 or 9 points and gross scoring less than 150 Boone and Crockett inches, very nice accommodations, prepared meals and 1 on 1 guide service. Your guide will make the call on size and if he under estimates there is no additional charge to the hunter. Deer grossing from 150 up to 169 Boone and Crockett points have a trophy fee of $2,500. Top trophy bucks scoring over 170 have a $4,500 trophy fee. This ranch has limited hunting and is very brushy where as some mature bucks are not seen all year except for during the
rut. Management hunts take place from September to early December. Trophy hunts for bucks exceeding 150 inches are conducted later in November. Cull bucks, mature bucks not up to management standards, can sometimes be added at a much reduced price with the guide’s discretion.
This ranch owner only allows a very select number of hunters each year to hunt his ranch. Fantastic accommodations coupled with amazing meals along with a cold beer or a glass of fine wine at the end of the day just add to the experience.
They also offer superb inexpensive red stag hunting, along with trophy red sheep $3,000 and Sitka deer at $3,000. Texas non-resident license is $300. Hunt- ers are met in Amarillo. Extremely limited openings, call for availability. HCU’s Scott Steinkruger and Cliff Graham have been on this ranch. Hunt WDP806. WDP806 Hunt Photos.
OLD MEXICO COUES DEER
If you want to take a Coues then this is your outfitter. He is a U.S. outfitter that lives in Arizona and has run Coues and Gould’s turkey hunts in Mexico for over 20 years. Hunters are met at the Tucson Airport or if you are driving, at his home in Hereford, Arizona. Hunters are driven 2 to 5 hours across the border, depending on which ranch is to be hunted.
Archery hunts and early season rifle velvet hunts are conducted from mid-September to mid-October with ground blinds, ladder stands and trail cameras.
Rifle hunts from late November to the first week of February will include the January rut.
They typically only take up to 4 or 5 hunters at a time on any particular ranch and keep a low harvest quota per ranch to insure future quality buck numbers.
5 day 1×1 hunts are priced at $4,250 with a trophy fee of $750 for any deer. Deer grossing 100 to 105 is $1,000, 105 to 110 is $1,250, 110 to 115 is $1,500, 115 to 120 is $2,000, 120 to 125 is $2,500, 125 to 130 is $3,000 etc. A second deer can be taken for $2,500 plus trophy fees. Cripple policy is also in effect. These prices INCLUDE ALL PA- PERWORK, DOCUMENTS and assistance with your trophies upon return at port of entry. Hunters are responsible for the $28 visa. He is also an accomplished long range rifle builder and offers the use of his rifles at no additional cost.
Lodging is very clean comfortable ranch houses with hot showers, beds/linens and dining area including very good meals. Call us to speak with the outfitter on Hunt CD559.