Now, here's a remarkable whitetail deer harvest. Seems 21 hunters this past season in Georgia killed 15 whitetail bucks with an average green score of 177.25 points B & C. Three of the bucks green scored over 200, with the best topping 215. Where did this happen? At a whitetail research center called Fort Perry Plantation near Columbus, Georgia. Yes, the place is fenced so none of the deer taken there this past year will ever make their way into Boone & Crockett. But that doesn't mean the hunt for these animals was easy because the research center comprises three square miles of hardwoods and longleaf pines. The good news is, hunts at this center will be available again this coming fall and there are still openings. More on them in a moment... First, though, it is worth noting that Fort Perry Plantation is not just another behind-the-fence preserve cranking out big deer for paying customers. It is a serious research facility owned and operated by North American Whitetail Magazine. The purpose of the center is to develop scientific principles and techniques that landowners everywhere can use to produce good bucks on their properties. The manger is Chuck Vaughn.
As for the hunts here, they are indeed hunts, not shoots, according to Russell Selle at Cabela's Outdoor Adventures, which has exclusive rights to book the center. Most of the hunting is from stands, he says. This coming year, there will be four different hunts, each one comprised of six hunters. As you might expect, the price tag is high - $12,000 for the first (and probably best) hunt, plus a trophy fee of $3,500; and $9,000 for the other three hunts, plus a trophy fee of $3,500. The hunt dates are October 23 to 27; October 30 to November 3; November 6 to 10; and November 13 to 17. The fee indicated above covers four days of hunting, all meals and accommodations and airport pickup and return. The only extra is a non-resident hunting license.
Just how big are the deer at Fort Perry? Vaughn does not encourage........(continued)