Found! A Two-Buck Hunt For Under $300/Day


Published: July - 1998

Now, here's an interesting deer hunting deal. It's available in the state of Virginia through an outfit called Virginia Guide Service. Owner Randy Butler has two hunting properties, one consisting of 20,000 acres in extreme southeast Virginia, and the other composed of 5,000 acres in the northwestern corner of the state. The former is ideal for the budget hunter who just wants the pleasure of a good hunt and venison for the table, while the latter is geared toward hunters who want a crack at a trophy-size animal.

The budget property is in southeastern Virginia near the rural city of Suffolk, Virginia. This is flat, agricultural country on the western border of Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, smack in the middle of the highest deer kill area in the state. Butler has been hunting this property for the past eight years. He currently allows three-day hunters here to take up to two bucks of any size, as well as one doe, for only $895. That fee includes lodging in a converted farmhouse with a trophy room, a pool table, dining room and comfortable sleeping facilities. It also includes meals, field transportation, guide service and care for the meat. All hunting is done from carefully selected stands. As regards when to go, this property lies on both sides of the "Dismal Swamp Line," and seasons are set up differently on the two sides. East of the Dismal Swamp Line, rifle season opens October 1 and runs until the end of November. There is also a late bow season during December. There is no rifle season west of the Dismal Swamp Line. Hunting here kicks off with archery season from October 5 through the first week of November, followed by a two-week muzzleloader season and the kickoff of shotgun season, which runs from November 2 through the end of January.

Moving northwards, Butler's 5,000-acre property, called Red Oak Ranch, lies in Highland County, one of the most mountainous counties in the state. Hunters here are primarily seeking trophy bucks, as Butler imposes a $500 penalty fee if clients kill a........(continued)

 
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