It is hard to believe that the 6 months since the 2008 South Carolina deer hunting season ended has gone by so fast… but it has. And we are now just days away from hitting the woods again with some of our lucky guests to pursue big, velvet antlered whitetails.
Like I have reported before, we have been working right along to make sure everything is ready to go for opening day, and we are now all set. We finished up the last few food plots of peas on Pleasant Hill Plantation last week as well as checked/fixed all of the remaining stands. And I did get one trailcam moved over to our trophy property too, but I just haven’t had a chance to check it yet.
However I do have a couple of big buck sightings to report, both on our trophy land and behind our lodge. First, several hog hunters as well as all of us have been seeing several LARGE bucks and a couple of monsters in the bean fields that they planted around the lodge after they took up the sod. Second, I saw two really nice bucks and one 20 inch wide MONSTER over on Pleasant Hill while checking a stand on Wednesday… They were bedded up less than 100 yards from it! And these sightings do NOT include the over 50 deer that our hog hunters saw this past Friday night alone…. Oh, deer season is going to be GOOD!
However one monster buck that will NOT be around this year to be hunted is the buck that our good friend Kerry Earnhardt shot last December on Pleasant Hill while he was here with a group from BassPro. Danny filmed Kerry shooting this freak of a buck on his last morning with us, and what a deer. The 8.5 year old buck had almost no teeth left and his rack had gone crazy, resembling something between a pronghorn and a caribou. Check out the video to watch the whole thing in real time! And please note that this is the FIRST installment of some of our newer videos that have NEVER been seen before on TV… so enjoy.
As for our hog hunting group this past weekend that saw so many deer, they had a great time even though the hogs were not very cooperative. Several members from the Ashe County Wildlife Club came down for a one day hunt, and the heat and lack of rain really took a toll on the hog movement. Fortunately they did manage to kill the couple of hogs they did see, including one 150 pound sow with a broken leg and another hog that the guides saw at 2pm in the afternoon while filling feeders – Henry and Bubba were able to race back to the lodge, grab Scott and get back to the feeder before the hogs moved off – now those are some hard working guides Now hopefully the ACWLC will email us some pics of their kills for the site!
Again, hunting season is almost here, so stay tuned for lots of action, more videos and tons of trailcam pics!