After seven years of intensive game management, Reese's Deer Farm in central Mississippi has opened for commercial hunting. Now hold on. The word "farm" is a bit misleading here, as many would consider such an operation a fenced put-and-take proposition. That is not the case here. Reese's operates on 3,400 acres of unfenced land, and "Deer Farm" is simply a name and not a description. Reese's properties lie across four counties of central Mississippi - Attala, Carroll, Holmes and Yazoo - and anyone who knows about Mississippi deer will smile at the mention of these areas. Some of these lands are delta; some are upland. But all are infested with whitetails. Hunters here can see 15 to 20 deer in one evening. And for as low as $1,000, you can take two does and one buck with a minimum 12-inch spread. To be sure, none of the bucks here compare with those found in trophy areas up north. Still, some very decent bucks have been taken here. Randy Reese reports seeing a "heavy-horned" 10-pointer with an 18-inch spread at the end of last season. "He had three more bucks with him that were similar," he says. "And these deer were still there when the season closed. I also videotaped one 10-pointer scoring between 140 and 150 B & C. He made it through the season too."
The properties making up Reese's Deer Farm are composed of private lands that haven't been hunted, save by the Reese family, for more than seven years. Even before then, hunting pressure was light. Some of the deer Reese has taken here over the years include a 158-class buck and several in the 130 range. While he hesitates to guarantee any such sightings, he knows deer of this class are present and feels that a hunter who hunts hard and follows instructions will stand a good chance of seeing bucks 14 inches or better and weighing in over 200 pounds.
Although primarily an archery-only operation, Reese's Deer Farm offers a limited number of gun hunts which are likely to go quickly. The fee is the........(continued)