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Deer Hunts

At McKenna Ranch, we can use bow, crossbow, black powder, and centerfire rifle to hunt for whitetail deer. We follow all the Mississippi guidelines for harvesting deer. The minimum antler restrictions for buck harvesting is ten inches of inside spread. This generally means taking a basket 8 point at least. We also harvest does. On a four day hunt, you can take a buck, a doe and a hog. Hogs are not here all the time, so calling ahead is important. Success rate on bucks is 40%.


Mississipi Deer Hunting

The bow hunter can use his own climber or use our ladder stands or lock on stands. We also have ground blinds. We do our very best to situate the stands maximize the wind and cover. There is no better camouflage than natural vegetation and shade. When placing our bow hunters, wind direction is of great importance. We have multiple bow stands and depending on the wind direction is how we determine bow hunter placement. Since we do control burning to help our habitat, we have become wind experts. The slower the wind speed means it is easier for the wind to change directions. If the wind is 5 mph or less, the wind will stop its forecast direction and go the opposite direction for a few moments. Therefore, scent control is of utmost importance. BOW HUNTERS MUST WEAR A SAFETY HARNESS.

For our rifle hunters, the most important thing to harvest a deer is to leave their cell phones in their pocket. That’s right, you read that right. Leave the cell phones in your pocket. When first started hunting, there was no such thing as cell phones. Back then, we told the hunters the most important thing to harvest a deer was to practice with your rifle. We know bullets may cost $1.00 a round, but please practice before you arrive. Even the best marksman gets out of practice. We have a target range to site your rifle in, but please practice before you come.

All the hunters ask how we choose the stands to hunt. Several factors decide where the hunters are placed. We try to put our stands where the hunter can in and out from the stand without disturbing any deer on a food plot or pipeline. The majority of the time, during deer season, an easterly wind only happens right before a rain. Therefore, we place our stands on the eastern side of a shooting area. We also build our food plots with wind direction, stand placement, travel to stand and how tractor gets into the field in mind. We have several stands where the box or tripod are on one side the creek and a food plot or acorn area are on the other side of the creek. Of course this frustrates a hunter if he shoots a deer and he can’t go across the creek to check on his deer. I had rather have this happen than scaring deer away. Years ago, I moved all of our stands 30-50 yards off the shooting area. We cleaned the small trees out of the way. We left the larger trees for cover. My wife didn’t like it. She said you have to shoot around the trees. I said, no you get to shoot between the trees. If I burp or fart, I don’t want the deer to run off. The trail leading to the stand is also well off the food plot also. When we are hunting acorn areas, we still are thinking of how to be silent and scent free.  Wherever the stand is located, on the side of a hill or in a bottom, stealth is very important to us.

We hunt food plots, pipelines, acorn bottoms, crossings and wherever the deer are moving. We have tripods, ladder stands, ground blinds and elevated shooting houses. Many of our shooting houses have steps to walk into the shooting house. Most of our hunters prefer to hunt out of shooting houses when it’s raining. No problem. Most of our fathers with young hunters prefer to hunt out of shooting houses. All of our shooting houses accommodate 2 hunters, sometimes 3.

Most of the time the hunters arrive at 1:00 pm. We have a safety meeting and sign a release of lilibility. This form says if my ladder breaks while you are climbing, I’m at fault but if you jump off, you are at fault, all standard. During the safety meeting, we discuss any health problems which may prevent you from climbing or walking far. We talk about any special needs to help with your hunt. Then we assign you a bedroom. If you need to check your rifle, we can go to the rifle range but hopefully you have been practicing and you are a dead shot. Everything from your physical abilities to your type of rifle to what kind of boots you have on determine which stand you go to. That’s right, if you got on tennis shoes or knee high rubber boots helps me decide where you go. If you are a long range shooter or a brush hunter tells me where you go. If you can’t walk more than a few yards, tells me where to take you. We have been doing this for more than 20 years. There is not much we have not seen.


Deer Hunting Outfitters

We use Suburbans to transport hunters, and they ain’t new. In the truck, I tell you about the type of stand, how far a walk, where the deer generally come from and any other helpful info. I only drive up to a stand if you are not able to walk. I have killed deer before getting into the stand. You hunt till dark. Then walk back out to where we dropped you off. If you have a deer, we will go back and get the deer. If you kill a deer early in the hunt you can call or text us. Not all hunters bring a cell phone. Most of the time we have a great signal here, but prefer to go on the idea that no one has a cell phone therefore we plan around them. Many times, we can’t drive out to retrieve a deer immediately because we could disturb another hunter. Just because you shot your rifle or bow, does not mean the hunt is over. I’ve had plenty of hunters shoot a buck and doe in the same hunt, sometimes a deer and hog. Sometimes you will miss and get another chance to shoot again. The pressure is low on these deer.

The next morning, we get up before daylight, eat breakfast. Then hunt till 10:30. Some hunters want to hunt all day in the same spot. No problem. We pack them a lunch and drinks. The other hunters come in and eat lunch. We get any deer from the morning hunt. We head out about 1:30 for the afternoon hunt.

Here at McKenna Ranch, we have a walk-in cooler to hold the cleaned deer. We skin, clean and quarter the deer. We like to put the quartered deer into your ice chest and place the ice chest, with the lid open, into the cooler. If for some reason you don’t want the deer meat, we can use the meat. We are experts at skinning a deer for mounting. Sometimes the hunter wants us to take his trophy head to our taxidermist for mounting. Our taxidermist will UPS your mount to your home. Call or email for any questions.

Deer Hunting Rates and Packages

2016 - 2017 Deer Season

Archery Deer Hunts

October 15- November 18

$600 - 2 Day Hunt

Each day after 2 is $250/day

  • Hunters may take 1 Buck, 1 Doe, and 1 Hog
  • To stay in Executive House, add $100 a day.

Rifle Deer Hunts

Pre-Rut

November 19 - December 23

 
$750 - 2 Day Hunt
  • Each day after 2 is $350 /day

  • Includes 1 Buck,  1 Doe, and 1 Hog

  • To stay in Executive House, add $100 a day

 

Rifle Deer  Rut

December 26, 2016 - January 31, 2017

$800 - 2 Day Hunt

Each day after 2nd day is $375 /day

  • Includes 1 Buck, 1 Doe, and 1 Hog
  • To stay in the Executive House,  add $100 a day

 

 

Hog Hunting - Year Round

$300 a day

  • We can't book hog hunts months in advance.  We can put you on a list and contact you when we see hogs.

On all hunts, we require a 50% deposit. We can take a personal check, money order or cashier's check for the deposit. Upon arriving at McKenna Ranch, the balance can be paid with cash, cashier's check or money order. We do not take any credit or debit cards.

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