By Charles B. (Kenny) Jordan, CorrespondentEditor's note: Occasional correspondent Kenny Jordan filed this firsthand report about an October archery deer hunt at Burnt Pine Plantation (www.burntpine.com; 706-557-0407) in Georgia. Hampered by drought conditions, Jordan did not connect with a deer. Nonetheless, he provides this detailed assessment of an operation that might be right for you and your family under more typical conditions.
Burnt Pine Plantation (BPP) is known for quality bird and white-tailed deer hunting. I went for deer with my bow in late October, but unfortunately the deer did not cooperate. Drought and deer hunting just don't mix well.
Grasses at BBP were brown from lack of water, food plots planted in early October were withered, and watering holes were bone dry. Deer move less during the day under conditions like these, probably to save energy and to prevent dehydration. Despite-or perhaps because of-the drought, acorn production at BBP was at an all-time high. Deer came out to feed on these acorns, but only after legal shooting hours.
Contrast this with the 2015 season in which 80 gun hunters shot 47 does and 25 eight-point or better bucks. The primary reason for this high success rate is good deer management, including careful herd monitoring, numerous food plots offering high energy grasses and legumes and supplementary feeding when conditions warrant. All bucks taken must have eight points or more (a $100-per-missing-point fee is applied to smaller bucks), and does are harvested to prevent overpopulation....