"I've explained in the past how operators of well-managed deer ranches down here in Texas tend to consider mature bucks scoring less than 150 B & C as undesirable, and thus label them "management bucks." Hunts for "management" animals can be some of the best bargains around, too, as witness the offer outfitter Keith Ray has just made. Ray is willing to let hunters kill two management bucks on some of his properties for only $2,950. To be sure, one of the deer must be the guide's choice of a management buck that scores 120 or less, but the other can be a genuine hunter's-choice buck scoring up to 140 B & C. On two of the ranches Ray hunts, management deer include eight-point bucks that can score much higher than that.
"Ray says he sees an average of 12 bucks a day on these hunts. Most of the hunting is from stands, but they do a little rattling from time to time as well. Meals and lodging are included in the $2,950 price. The hunts run three days. Ray also offers a few four-day trophy buck hunts for $4,950 for a buck up to 150 gross B & C points. Hunters pay bonus fees for deer bigger than 150. A buck that grosses 180 B & C would cost more than $13,000.