"The 6,000-acre, high-fenced Whiskey Canyon Ranch is only 78 miles southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, making for easy access. One of the best reasons to consider a hunt here is that the ranch holds a Managed Lands Deer Permit issued by Texas Parks and Wildlife. So, hunting, even with rifles, begins in October, much earlier than on many other Texas properties. This early season opportunity is good news for deer hunters. In this area, the rut is often going full blast by mid-October, so that early season is primetime for big bucks.
"The ranch borders the Brazos River for several miles just above Lake Whitney, and the very comfortable lodge sits on a hill overlooking the river bottom and nearby Bee Mountain. Ranch manager Alan Day and his wife, Janene, are excellent hosts. Having been at events where they provided most or all of the food, I can confidently predict that service will be exceptional.
"The real attraction, of course, is whitetail deer. Whiskey Canyon began its deer management program way back in 1982. In 2001, the ranch finished its game-proof fencing and the management became more intense. These are native Texas deer. No outside genetics have been introduced.
"Day says hunting pressure on the ranch has been minimal. In fact, the only hunting of trophy bucks has been by the ranch owner's family and friends with only one or two bucks per season taken. Perhaps because of light hunting pressure, the highest scoring buck killed at Whiskey Canyon was a B&C 163. According to Day, there are bigger bucks on this property.
"Most of the hunting is from large, comfortable tower stands, but Day says guides will rattle up bucks for clients when horn rattling' is working. Though........(continued)