This Whitetail Hunt Is A Real Winner


Published: November - 2001

Behind-the-fence whitetail ranches are popping up everywhere, but one I just heard about is worth noting. For starters, it is in the state of Iowa, which has a near-incredible record of producing big deer. Also, this place has some free-range hunts that may be interesting indeed.

The name of the place is Timberghost Ranch, and it's located in the southeastern part of the state near Burlington. This area has produced 266 Boone & Crockett and 1,000 Pope & Young bucks, all within a 100-mile radius of the ranch. The terrain here is not what you might expect for Iowa. Forget the images of flat cornfields stretching as far as the eye can see. This is "bluff country," with lots of steep ravines, plateaus and hollows with oak trees and dense creek bottoms. There's plenty of heavy cover for the deer and 30- to 40-acre fields of switchgrass, which give the place a nice western feel.

Timberghost's fenced operation consists of two large parcels totaling just shy of 2,000 acres. Owner Steve Fox, a whitetail fanatic who hunts deer all over North America, is serious about producing high trophy quality bucks and has hired wildlife biologist Mike Hine to manage his deer herd. Hine formally ran the deer program at another successful and well-know whitetail preserve - The Sanctuary. Under Hine's supervision, Timberghost is developing some large, older-aged trophies.

Last year, two out of the eight trophy hunts conducted at Timberghost produced 180-class bucks. Four hunters took 170-class trophies and two more took deer in the 160s. At this writing, Timberghost is still wrapping up this year's trophy hunts and doesn't have final scores available, but at least three of the bucks already taken are expected to gross over 200.

If you're not interested in a behind-the-fence hunt, Timberghost has exclusive hunting rights to 1,500 acres of nearby unfenced land in blocks of 100 to 400 acres. Simply use the Timberghost lodge as your base camp. You won't see as many deer on the unfenced land, but I'm told........(continued)

 
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