Found! A Guided Deer Hunt For Only $700


Published: February - 1998

I recently visited a deer hunting operation in Alabama that is managing its animals for the production of trophy bucks. The place is called Alabama River Lodge, and what it is up to is pretty unique in a state that has become famous for its "buck a day" limits that allow hunters to legally take somewhere around 100 bucks a year. Of course no one does that, but the outsized bag limit has created a sort of shoot-it-up ethic in Alabama that has resulted in generally poor trophy quality across much of the state. I've been to Alabama on outfitted deer hunts three times before this year and saw a total of maybe a dozen does and one forkhorn buck. I had all but written off the state for quality deer hunting, but I became intrigued with Alabama River Lodge after reading a Hunt Report about it from Hunting Report subscriber Philip Eastman.

He and his wife both took 10-point bucks in the 130 B & C class here last January. My research on the place turned up the fact that lodge owners Bojie and Ed Beers, their head guide and just a few other friends had hunted this 11,500-acre family-owned property very lightly over the years, shooting only does or bucks big enough that they planned to mount them. The farm lies in the famous "Black Belt" region of Alabama. This area comprises only 3.5 percent of the state's landmass, but produces 85 percent of the trophy bucks taken, according to state records. When they started a commercial operation four years ago, they set 6,000 acres aside as a trophy area where only does or bucks with a spread of at least 14 inches could be taken. Bojie and Ed feel a spread limit is much more effective at protecting promising young bucks than a point restriction, since many fine eight-pointers here are only two years old.

The other 4,000 acres, plus a newly acquired 1,500 acres, are open for harvesting does and any buck. None of the property is under high fence. They take 90 does and........(continued)

 
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