Being that it was late in the day we started driving the back roads looking for Toms strutting out in the fields and along the tree lines. I asked Mike how many acres we had to hunt? He pointed with his finger in a big circle and said 35 miles in every direction. Wow!
Mike has a much different way of running his outfitting business than most and I would come to appreciate all of the hard work he puts in year round. Being that Mike is a FULL TIME outfitter for turkeys and whitetails, he does not have another job. His entire year is devoted to scouting out every area within a 70 square mile radius around his house. He also enjoys building and maintaining his landowner relationships with all of the farmers in the area. Mike is basically a hired hand for anyone in the area, free of charge. If you are a farmer in need, in the 7 month off season, Mike is your man! From the moment we got into the truck, Mike’s phone was ringing off the hook from his landowners who needed help with this or that. I could see how Mike was serious when he said we have the ability to hunt almost any field in a 35 mile radius, in any direction of his home.
Right off the bat we spotted a hen in a tree line not far from his home, but she was all alone so we kept moving. We first headed south and hit up a couple “Hot Spots” Mike had been seeing turkeys in over the last week or so, but the temps were warming up quick and the birds were sure to be in the shade at this point in the day. On our travels Mike showed off several of his top whitetail food plots and stand locations. I was even more impressed when Mike shared with me that they have had an over 90% success rate with all of his whitetail hunters over the past 3 seasons as well and his hunter’s average 165+ or better bucks with his largest buck being a massive 231″ monster taken several years ago! In addition to Mike working year round with his land owners, he also works year round maintaining his food plots and making sure his whitetail herd is well taken care of. Being in the midst of a major drought right now Mike has taken the initiative to put water troughs on all of his properties to ensure his deer all have an ample and clean water supply year round. Mike said he has not had one case of blue tongue yet.