Hickory Hills specialty is whitetail hunting. We offer
four types of whitetail hunts three of which are within
the preserve. Typically our hunting is done in similar
ways whether it’s within the confines of the preserve
or on a free-range hunt. Morning hunts are typically done
in hardwood bottoms overlooking acorn flats or travel routes,
while afternoon hunting is done over fields and food sources.
Typically hunters are within enclosed box stands but sometimes-portable
stands are needed. All the hunts are guided by experienced
guides and most of the time each hunter has his own guide
sitting with them to help judge the size of the animal.
Trophy hunts are the biggest and best whitetails we have
to offer. Our trophy hunts and all the preserve hunts success
rates are greater than 90% (on a three day hunt.) Hunters
may see as many as 30-racked bucks per hunt and have their
choice of a number of mature animals.
Management hunts are also extremely fun hunts that produce
mature deer that typically don’t have trophy potential.
These animals average 120 Boone and Crockett inches and
are all mature. Typically a management deer would be a
large 6 point, 7 point or short tined 8 point.
Cull hunts are the last of the preserve hunts. We typically
have a very limited number of these hunts available. These
animals are still mature animals that have to be removed
from the herd. Typically they have been injured and their
racks have become deformed in some way. As with all the
preserve hunts, hunters will have the opportunity to view
a lot of animals of all size and species.
The last of our whitetail hunts is the free range hunt.
This hunt is done outside the preserve on our family farm.
Hunters who choose this hunt are dropped off at stands
put up and chosen by experienced guides. Hunters have their
choice of harvesting any buck they choose but are encouraged
to wait on a 16 inch spread 8 point. The success rate since
1996 has been 50% on this hunt with last seasons success
rate being 70%. Animals outside the preserve have the same
genetics as within the preserve so the potential of extremely
good bucks are available. The largest deer taken on this
hunt scored 160 Boone and Crockett inches with two nearing
150 inches last season.