Raising Monster White-Tailed Bucks with Hurricane Creek’s Todd Ouellette
Day 1:Using Trophy Stock to Improve Your Deer Herd with Hurricane Creek’s Todd Ouellette
Editor’s Note: The number of deer in enclosures and under high fence is growing across the country as more of today’s hunters want to take trophy bucks but have less time in which to do it. In recent years, the solution to this problem has been enclosure hunting. Like most hunters, initially I wasn’t in favor of enclosure hunting, until I learned more about it. I’ve learned that the people in the high-fence business know how to raise big bucks quickly. Too, these business people have the entrepreneurial spirit of risk taking and problem solving. To learn more about how to raise big bucks quickly, I’ve talked with Todd Ouellette, president of Hurricane Creek Lodge in Red Bay, Alabama. Ouellete has been successful in raising big bucks in a short time for the hunters who want to take trophy bucks but don’t have the time or the money to buy land and invest 6 to 10 years in quality deer management.
There’s no simple solution to raising big bucks in captivity and then releasing them into the wild to hunt them as free-range animals. Many hunters have wondered if they purchase pregnant does that have been bred to a super buck scoring 300 to 400 points on the Boone & Crockett scale and then release the does into the wild, if these females will have fawns that will introduce their genetics into their native wild herds. Then will deer herds’ gene pools improve and raise the genetic level of the bucks on their properties? We posed this question to Ouellette, and here’s his answer in the video.
If you’d like to learn more about Hurricane Creek Lodge’s deer, visit www.hurricanecreeklodge.com, or call 256-366-7910 or 256-710-8811.