Below you will find an overview of
how we conduct our hunts. This is a basic generalization
of what you should expect.
Typically we ask our clients to arrive
the afternoon/evening before their first days hunt.
Once checked in we ask you to give us a call and we
will arrange a meeting time. You should have time to
secure license, permits, eat, rest, etc. before we meet
During this meeting we will talk about
recent hunting, expectations, WKO rules, go over our
liability release and settle up on any hunt balances.
We will also establish a pick-up time for the following
morning. Any questions you have will also be answered
or addressed. All 3-day hunts are a full 3-days, three
mornings and three evenings. We cannot control the weather
and you should be prepared to hunt. Your choice to not
hunt does not mean additional hunting time will be provided.
In the event of lightning, etc. We will be ready to
go if and when the weather breaks.
Most often stand locations are decided
on the morning of your hunt. This is mostly due to knowing
exactly what the wind direction is doing. Due to the
hilly nature of some properties it can vary greatly.
We try to have our clients in the best seat possible
on any given hunt. In most all situations we will be
able to give you information on the bucks using the
area, trail cam pics, time the deer should be expected
to move and from what direction. Obviously this is not
an exact science, nor do we have a crystal ball, but
more often than not, the hunt unfolds as we try to ready
WKO staff will arrive to pick you up at
the pre-determined pick up time. WKO provides all transportation
to and from your hunting areas. Depending on the time
of year, following the morning hunt you may be transported
back to the hotel until an afternoon pickup time for
your evening hunt. During this time you can eat, sleep,
shower, etc. Most choose to hunt all day during pre-rut,
rut and firearm hunts. Your guide will have a cooler
so you can pack a field lunch for these in the field
all day times. WKO staff can also transport you between
hunts to eat lunch, visit a convenience store or whatever
the need might be.
On subscequent mornings a pickup time
will be determined based on the property to be hunted
and the amount of time the hunter needs before going
For afternoon hunts, if the time of year
is early then you will likely be transported back to
the hotel after your morning hunt and picked up later
in the afternoon for the evening hunt. Sept and October
hunting is most often warm with temps being in the 80's
and upper 90's at times during the day. If it is late
October or November, we are likely recommending an all-day
hunt or hunting well into the late morning and maybe
coming out for an hour for lunch, rest and maybe a move
to a different hunting property.
After The Shot
By either radio or cell phone you will
contact your guide. He will then come into your location.
We ask all hunters to pay CLOSE attention to where the
animal was shot. Many times a hunter cannot tell us
where the deer was standing, even at a mere 15 yards.
This is important if a shot is marginal. We ask that
hunters remain on stand unless they visually see the
animal go down. The only other reason for a hunter to
climb down is to mark where the animal was shot. We
do not want a hunter trailing the deer on their own
for a number of reasons, all of which will be covered
upon your arrival.
In the event game is harvested, WKO will
provide retreival of that game from the field. If you
desire to take your meat home, WKO will provide general
game preparation such as breasting of birds or quartering
of deer. If you do not want your game meat, the meat
will be donated. If you intend to mount your harvest,
WKO will skin the animal as necessary and get it frozen
for your trip home. All coolers and ice for game meat
is the hunter's responsibility, not WKO staff's.
All of our equipment is kept in good shape
and order. New stands are purchased yearly and added
to our inventory. For bow hunters we primarily use Loc-On
style stands. Our primary stands are made by Loggy Bayou,
but we do have a few others made by Big Game. We use
15-20ft ladder sticks for climbing. Our Muzzleloader
and Rifle hunters sit in 15ft store bought ladders.
Many of these stands are of the 2-man variety to support
father/son hunts or for those of you who are bigger
men. We also maintain a number of pop-up and natural
made ground blinds.
At times it makes sense to use climbers
in some areas and when this is needed we use Summit
and Ole' Man climbers. We have no problems with hunters
bringing their own climbers for comfort and familiarity
If you have any questions, comments or
if your interested in a hunt please contact us.