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How the Process Began

Click to enlarge Editor's Note: By intensely managing deer for three years, Mark Drury, the creator of M.A.D. Calls and co-owner of Drury Outdoors Adventures saw the 2,100 acres of land he owned and leased go from having few if any shooter deer to producing 150-class bucks. His amazing story demonstrates what quality wildlife management can do for a deer herd when sportsmen willingly invest the time and money to produce better bucks. In 2001, Mark of St. Peters, Missouri, and his brother Terry Drury harvested five bucks that scored 150 or more Boone & Crockett points from property almost completely devoid of deer three years earlier. Could you do this on the lands where you hunt?

Click to enlargeMark and Terry Drury bought and leased some Iowa property in the fall of 1997. The land consisted of 1,300 acres of brush and timber, 500 acres in CRP and 300 acres in grown-up pastures. The deer had plenty of cover, but they had no agriculture on which to feed. In 1998, when the Drurys began a management program on their property, they immediately established 40 food plots. But, they decided not to take any bucks that first year. "Initially, we planted soybeans and milo in the food plots -- the traditional green-field plantings in that area," Mark Drury Click to enlargeexplains. "We also planted a little clover. That first year, in 1998, we decided not to shoot any bucks on the property. We shot does, and we passed up all the little bucks. I only saw one or two, 2-year-old bucks. All the other bucks on the property averaged 1-year old. We decided only to take 3-year-old bucks off the property.

"We also made a rule that anyone who hunted on the property had to take two does before they earned the right to bag a buck. Residents could accomplish this requirement in one year, but non-residents had to make a three-year commitment because they could only draw one tag each per year. Most of the people who hunted with us didn't mind this requirement. Because of the way we managed our land, today a hunter would have a chance to take a 200-point B&C buck on this property. The real secret of good deer management involves Click to enlargekeeping the deer on the property, providing plenty of food for them and allowing them to grow into the older-age classes that you want to harvest. Also, make sure you have enough food on the property all year long so the bucks don't have to leave your property to find food somewhere else." During the 2001 hunting season, Drury saw the results of his management program. The brothers and friends their took an 8 pointer that scored 150 points, a 10 pointer that scored 151, a 10 pointer that scored 150, an 11 pointer that scored 158 and a 13 pointer that scored 168 B&C points.

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Check back each day this week for more about ZERO- TO 150-BOONE AND CROCKETT POINT BUCKS IN THREE YEARS...

Day 1 - How the Process Began
Day 2 - Drury's Planting Regimen
Day 3 - The First 150-Point Buck
Day 4 - The Second 150-Point Buck
Day 5 - The Requirements of Good Management



Entry 264, Day 1