In his initial report, Geppert says the highlight of this hunt were taking a "huge" water buffalo at 30 yards and watching his wife take a 280-class red deer stag, while he settled for a cull stag. He also took a fallow buck and a blackbuck. This ranch offers both free-range and high-fence hunting opportunities. Among the free-range offerings are red stag and water buffalo.
The only disappointment Geppert reports is that his July hunt was really too late for an opportunity at free-range red deer. In a follow-up phone call, he told us, "The ranch totals about 10,000 acres with, I'd estimate, probably 8,000 acres behind a high fence. We hunted the remaining 2,000 acres a relatively small area for free-range red stag but did not see any. Our hunt was at the very end of the season, so there were obviously fewer animals available, and the remaining stags had either gone nocturnal, were hiding in areas of dense brush or had moved onto neighboring properties with less hunting pressure. We saw hinds and immature males, but nothing we were looking for."
Geppert and his wife took both their red deer and the exotics from behind a high fence. "Overall, the game was in excellent condition. The ranch has some very large SCI gold stags in the high-fenced area. The game was concentrated around feeders, and we did see some internal fencing. This is a new operation, and I was told one of their goals in the future is to develop ways to spread the game out over more of the 8,000 acres. For now, this is a better opportunity for someone who wants to try for a free-range hunt but won't be upset going to the fenced area to get what he or she wants. Someone who only hunts free-range would have been disappointed."........(continued)