It was one of the toughest turkey hunts I’ve ever had and it was about to come to an abrupt end. A gobbler sporting an eight inch beard strutted up the logging road with love on his mind. My single hen decoy appeared to be just what the doctor ordered for this guy. But unbeknownst to him, today’s prescription was a screaming hot load of #5’s. At five yards from the decoy, he decided something wasn’t right. But it was too late for him. The safety was off and with a tap of the trigger, it was lights out for this last minute gobbler. I validated the tag two hours before the close of my season. Some hunts are just more difficult than others, but learning from the experience is what makes us better hunters. Here are a handful of some of my hard learned lessons. Read more.
FEATURED HUNTER BURT PERRY
Perry is our featured hunter this month. Burt is active duty Air Force stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio and has been in the Military Police for 12 years. Burt’s photo rounds out the top 3 vote getting photos from our Base Camp Leasing photo contest; the other two were featured in previous newsletters.
Being stationed at Wright Patterson enables Burt to be at his Wayne County, Indiana hunting lease within an hour, which is where he got this eleven point 150” buck. Burt has recently renewed his lease for the third year and has harvested nice bucks each year. As Burt explains, “Having seen and followed the 150” on trail cam, I made it my goal for the season to get this guy. I passed up about 20 bucks throughout hunting season because he was the biggest one on the property. I got one chance to get him during archery season, but shot under him and missed him. On the second to last night of shotgun season, I saw him again on trail cam, so that area of the woods was my focus. 150 is the largest buck that I’ve taken.”
Additional highlights of Burt’s hunting career? Taking two caribou and a black bear while stationed in Alaska. Getting the bear was unexpected. “My wife and I were hiking and saw three bears off in the distance, so we turned to walk in a different direction. Two of the bears ran off when they saw us, but the third one was curious and came towards us. I was carrying my hip revolver and he charged me. I had a black bear permit, but certainly didn’t expect to get one under these circumstances.”
Burt is originally from Pennsylvania, so he would normally hunt farms back home, but it’s too far of a drive from where he lives now. “I grew up in Pennsylvania hunting with my father from the time I was 10. We’d hunt in Pennsylvania as well as out west. While living in Alaska, he would visit me and we’d hunt together. We plan on hunting spring gobbler next week.”
Thanks for sharing your hunting photos, Burt, and thank you for your military service!
Iowa County, Wisconsin 117 acres Max Hunters: 5 $4,250
This farm should hunt much bigger than the 117 acres listed. The timber is primarily hard woods including a lot of white oak and a scattering of apple trees. There is a very nice trail system throughout the property which will make for easy and quiet access into your stand locations as well as retrieval of game. The amount of deer sign seen during my inspection was quite impressive. I walked the entire perimeter of the property and did not see any deer stands on the boundaries of neighboring properties. Landowner did say that some of the neighbors do hunt, but it appears they certainly do not do so on property lines. There are row crops in the valley with the timbered ground surrounding it on 3 sides which should allow for numerous stand locations.
I would anticipate the turkey hunting to be excellent so make sure to get your spring tag and do some shed hunting while you are there trying to call in a big long beard. The landowner does not live on the property but has a tenant living in the farm house to watch over things while you are not there. All legal game are yours to hunt along with respectful use of ATV for hunting related activities. Landowner is also okay with camping with his permission on where and when. Food plots are also okay with his permission as to where and what. More info.
Introducing Kansas Leasing Agent:Brandon Cutler
Brandon is blessed by living in a state with everything a hunter could want – Kansas. From mule deer, an occasional elk and pheasant in the west, to quail in the east, and monster whitetail and turkey statewide, there is something for everyone in Kansas. Having the opportunity to hunt in states from Montana all the way down to Georgia, he still feels there is nowhere like home.
He grew up in Topeka, but his heart was on the family farm in southeast Kansas. This is where he first started hunting cottontail rabbits with his BB gun and then with his bow. As he got older he got infected with buck fever and this has turned into his true passion. While being blessed by having some private land to hunt and fish on, he understands leasing will have a huge impact on the future, as he himself doesn’t live close enough to these properties to enjoy them as much as he would like. He enjoys meeting people and gets satisfaction from bridging the gap between hunter and landowner to help more people enjoy the great outdoors like he does.
Brandon is a lifelong resident of Kansas, except for a short stint in Branson, MO. He is married with two young children and he can’t wait until the day they are old enough to sit in a blind with. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Turf Management. After working on several golf courses and baseball stadiums, he has settled down in Wichita as the Assistant Director of Facilities/ Field Manager for Wichita State University Baseball.
Please contact Brandon with any questions that you might have about leasing one of our hunting properties. He can be reached by phone at (316) 312-9825 or by email atBrandon@basecampleasing.com.