When: Hunt starts September 5 and ends with morning hunt on September 12. You can arrive in camp on 9-4 to prepare for the hunt. You could choose to stay longer if you find your own lodging/food.
DIY Workshop/Hunt: This is not a guided hunt. You will be hunting, but you will need to do some work. This is to teach you how to plan/do a DIY hunt on your own in another state. It's a great chance for people wanting to learn how to do their own DIY hunts or how to become better hunters. The week will be full of in depth instruction, starting with why this area was selected (this is a new area). Ross has been doing DIY hunts all over the Mid-West (success in 6 different states) for 20 years with lots of success. He will be sharing what he has learned about hunting Whitetails with you during the week.
What you get: Meals (3/day and snacks), lodging and help with scouting and setting stands. Each person will be given an area with some pre-selected stand locations on the public land to start the week. There will be the chance to move to new locations during the week (with help selecting new places).
What you provide: You need to purchase Kentucky hunting permits ($335 total for hunting permit and deer tags). Transportation to and from Western KY. Bring your own hunting equipment (clothes, bow, arrows....). You will need your own tree stands, saddle or blinds (because we will be on public land no screw in steps). You will be setting your own tree-stands/blinds. It will be best maps on your phone to be able to get to pre-selected stand locations. Since it is early in the season you will want bug spray and/or a Thermacel to help with bugs.
Where: Public land in north/western Kentucky.
More of the details- This doesn't include transportation or licenses (non-resident hunting and deer tag is $335). This is not a guided hunt you will need bring your own hunting equipment including tree-stands or blinds. This is on public land so we may run into other hunters and will need to adapt our plans. This is not just for trophy deer you will be able to shoot any buck that gives you opportunity (you decide the standards). In the zone we are hunting you are also able to shoot 3 antler-less along with an antlered or 4 antler-less deer. Ross will be going down ahead time to do some scouting along with other research to help hunters be successful. Besides just helping find stand locations there will be some instruction of the how/why for stand locations. In order to be fair to all hunters they will draw numbers (In August) for locations and will be given possible stand locations in those areas. This is an early season hunt so most bucks will be in velvet, but it also means the temperatures could be warm and the bugs could be bad. So you will need to plan accordingly. If you are wanting a trophy hunt this is probably not for you. We will be in a good area but we are hunting public land during the early season so you may not get the chance at a trophy buck. This is also not a fully guided hunt, the more work you put into the hunt the better the chances are you will be successful. The goal is to have a 'deer camp' feel to it and gain some more knowledge on how to be more successful wherever you hunt.
Expectations: Each day at lunch time there will be a time to share stories/information and Ross will lead a devotional tying into the outdoors (it's ok if you are not a Christian you can sit, listen and ask questions). Ross will will go into detail on maps and share how/why stand sites were selected.
Each Hunter will start with week with a couple of pre-scouted stand locations. Ross will have identified good places with potential trees marked for you, but these will just be suggestions for where you set up. There will be the expectation that you do not hunt near other hunters in our camp unless both parties are ok with that.
There is also the expectation you will not come back the same week the following year(s) and hunt the same area on your own without first talking to Ross. This is public land, but we don't want you to simply 'steal' our spots we want to help educate you on how to find your own spots or continue to come back and hunt with us.
Registration & Cost: Cost is $400. Registration (fill out registration below) is open now and will close on March 31. We are limiting this camp to 8 participants. If there are more then 8 by 12:00 pm March 31 there will be a lottery on April 1, after April 1 we will collect payment. If we don't receive payment by April 30 your spot will go to the next person on the waiting list. If we don't fill all spots with lottery after April 1 registration will be first come first serve with payment required. If you need to cancel refunds will be given up to 30 days before start of the hunt, 50% refund after that. There will also be a liability release all participants will need to sign prior to the hunt. By signing up you acknowledge to obey all KY Game and Fish Laws and adhere to the guidelines of this hunt as defined by SPI.
About Ross Graveling- Ross is the director of Sporstpersons Ministries International(SPI). He is an avid bow-hunter that has been bow-hunting deer for close to 30 years and going on DIY hunts across the US for over 20 years. During that time he has videoed for national TV shows and had his own local TV show. With his bow Ross has harvested over 10 deer that gross score 125", including 4 bucks that are over 155" . Ross has been successful on DIY hunts in 6 different states. Some of those hunts were on public land, some on permission to hunt private and some on small leases (only last few years in IL). Ross has lead lots of seminars and talks about bow hunting, scouting, tactics and techniques. Any questions can be directed to Ross- [email protected] or 616-990-1075.