KANSAS TROPHY WHITETAILS $5000 RIFLE OR MUZZLELOADER $4500 6 DAY ARCHERY
This hunt takes place on 25,000 private acres in northeastern Kansas, one of the top producing Boone and Crockett whitetail locations. The outfitter also has an extensive protein feeding program.
2020 started off with 6 muzzleloader hunters killing a huge 217 inch buck and a 140 inch 8 point and missed 2 good deer. Archery season finished with 17 bowhunters killing 9 bucks and crippling 1. Top 2 bucks grossed 191 and 161 and smallest buck was a 147 inch 8 point. Gun season had not started at press time.
2019 archery finished up with 7 of the 13 archers killing bucks, including a monster 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 had 9 hunters kill 7 bucks, including a 171 and a 164. Second rifle hunt only went 3 for 7, nothing big.
2018 archery ended with 4 of the 8 hunters 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 $4,500 and 5 day rifle hunts are $5,000. Hunt includes 2×1 guide service, lodge accommodations and meals. Hunters fly into Kansas City and rent a car. Draw deadline mid April. Limited 2021 openings due to repeat clientele. HCU has worked with this outfitter for over 20 years. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been to this property. Hunt WDK565. WDK565 Hunt Photos.
NUMBER ONE WHITETAIL STATE IOWA BOW/6 DAYS OR GUN/5 DAYS $4000 8000 PRIVATE ACRES
This outfitter has farms totaling 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 maintains 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.
2020 they had 10 archers, some cancellations due to COVID-19, tag 7 bucks including a 167, 166, 154, 152, 2 at 151 and a penalty buck. Firearm season had not started at press time.
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. First gun season 6 hunters killed 4 bucks scoring 135 to 155. Second gun 5 hunters tagged 3 bucks grossing from 140 to 165. Late muzzleloader had 8 hunters take 5 bucks ranging from 145 to 171.
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.
Archery hunts are 6 days and gun is 5 days at $4,000 plus 5 percent tax, with a 140 inch minimum. 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 normal- ly takes 3 or 4 preference points to draw the archery tag and 1 or 2 points to draw a gun tag. GO TO WWW.GOOUTDOOR- SIOWA.COM THE MONTH OF MAY TO ACQUIRE YOUR PREFERENCE POINT FOR $52, you do not have to name a unit or weapon of choice. HCU has worked with this outfitter for 10 years. HCU’s Scott Steinkruger has hunted with this outfitter. Hunt WD799. WD799 Hunt Photos.
SOUTHEAST WYOMING RANCH 2020 – 4 HUNTERS 4 BUCKS AVG 145 $4500 5 DAYS ADD PRONGHORN $1000
This ranch located in southeastern Wyoming has an extensive amount of agriculture along the river bordering pinon juniper cover in the rolling hills. The property has had little to zero whitetail pressure past years resulting in mature bucks with a high age structure and deer numbers have greatly increased. This deer tag can be drawn with 0 points and there is typically left over tags.
2020 he took 4 rifle hunters and all tagged bucks, best mid 150’s, 2 in 140’s and a high 130’s buck. He has seen several deer pushing the 160 to 170 class.
5 hunting days is only $4,500 guided 2×1 with cabin accommodations and home cooked meals. The ranch is a beautiful setting that is also home to a good number of elk.
He normally does one hunt mid October that can be combined with antelope if the hunter draws the pronghorn tag for an additional $1,000. He also runs a late November hunt during the deer rut with the option to be combined with a cow elk for only $1,500 and there are normally left over tags. The outfitter will continue to only take an extremely limited amount of whitetail hunters and is looking into a protein feeding program. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been on this ranch. Hunt WD2643.
OHIO/KENTUCKY BORDER BUCKS $3500 BOW/SHOTGUN/MZ
5 DAYS – PRIVATE FARMS
Southwest Ohio is always one of the best hotspots for extremely big deer. Here is a small personal outfitter that has about 19 private farms located in one of the top whitetail counties near the Ohio River just across the border from Kentucky. He plants food plots, has some elevated box blinds with spin feeders and plenty of ladder stands, lock-ons and pop-up ground blinds and in some situations uses Ozonics scent elimination.
2020 he hosted 16 archers killing 6 bucks and crippling 3 plus a few misses. Best buck topped the 150 mark but no monsters, although a few were seen. Shotgun or the late muzzle- loader seasons had not started at press time.
2019 archery season produced 12 bucks for 24 archers, including a 185, 170 and several 140’s, 2 bucks were hit and lost. He had 3 shotgun hunters tag one buck and miss a good deer. 2 muzzleloader hunters and both killed 8 points.
2018 archery season produced 6 bucks, in- cluding 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 only puts a party in their own accommodations and sometimes archers have their own cabins.
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.
NEBRASKA WHITETAILS ARCHERY OR RIFLE $4000
Here is your mid west hunt that produces a few bucks every year over that magical 150 inches up to 170 and averages right around that 140 mark. The outfitter has an extensive protein feed program on his 100,000 private acres with 8 miles of Platte River bottom that is a true deer factory.
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. Success on mule deer has been over 80 percent and the average buck gross scores near 160 inches.
2020 archery on the Island Camp had 15 guys tag 8 bucks and lose 2 averaging 140. 4 archers on the West Camp killed 2 mule deer, 170 and 164, and a 130 inch whitetail.
2020 rifle the Island Camp over 2 hunts produced 10 bucks for 19 hunters, slower than normal. West Camp over 2 hunts had a total of 21 hunters with 4 going home empty. 5 hunters had mule deer and whitetail tags and filled both. 7 whitetails grossed in the 150’s. 12 of the hunters had mule deer tags and they killed 11 averaging in the 150’s.
2019 archery finished up with 14 hunters tagging 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 kill- ing 6 bucks, including 2 trophy bucks grossing 167 and 160.
2018 rifle season first hunt at the Is- land Camp produced 7 bucks for 9 hunt- ers, including 2 in the 160’s. Second season the 8 hunters tagged 6 bucks and best buck went 164.
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.
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 with a 60% draw.
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. HCU has worked with this outfitter for 20 years. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been to this camp. Hunt WD/MD565. WD/MD565 Hunt Photos.
SASKATCHEWAN WHITETAILS $4500
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.
2020 season closed to U.S. hunters due to border closure.
2019 season ended with 15 hunters tagging 9 bucks with the top buck grossing in low 150’s.
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.
6 day rifle whitetail hunts from late October through November are only $4,500 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. 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 2021. Hunt WD577. WD577 Hunt Photos.
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 125 to 150 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. They are remodeling a large pole building into 3 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bath, stove/fridge and washer/dryer. 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 an additional deer point during the application process to increase your odds. Antelope draw deadline is about June 1. If you don’t draw make sure you purchase a preference point between July and September to draw for a future year. Hunt WDUN534.
$3000 TEXAS WHITETAIL HUNT PRIVATE RANCH GREAT ACCOMMODATIONS
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 whereas 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 cou- pled 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. Hunters aremet 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 gross- ing 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 PAPERWORK, 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 are 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.