Enter Tim Stull, owner and operator of Deer Creek Hunting Resort. Stull owns 4,000 acres of oak and hickory forest interspersed with croplands and carefully managed for trophy quality. Here, he has offered strictly primitive-weapon hunts under fair chase conditions since 1978. His strict management program has done so well that this year he is offering rifle hunts for the very first time. How big are the deer on his property? In recent years six of his hunters have taken bucks that gross-scored over the B & C minimum. To be sure, he does not claim that any of these deer actually made B & C, but he does say they are "real wall-hangers." Remember, all of these bucks were taken with either bows or blackpowder rifles. And there are no fences of any kind here.
Stull says eight to 12 bucks gross-scoring 170 or better are sighted on Deer Creek's land every hunting season. He says he is able to produce these quality animals without a fence for numerous reasons. First of all, he provides plenty of good food sources, including large stands of corn and milo, plus ladino clover, alfalfa, chufa and lespedeza. All of it is planted strictly for the wildlife, as Deer Creek's only business is hunting. In addition to the feed, Stull implemented a........(continued)