I started traveling from Illinois to hunt with Chris in 2003. I always saw many deer back then, but not many deer that I would have considered wall hangers. In the 2005 time frame, Chris made the decision to start managing his farm and ranch for bigger bucks. The results started to show up pretty quickly. In the fall of 2007, I was fortunate enough to harvest a 140 class deer – my first with a bow and my first wall hanger.
In 2008, I had a great hunt in mid-September but never was able to put it all together with my bow. I traveled back for the rifle season and was fortunate to shoot a really nice mature deer. This was difficult hunt because there was more than 2 feet of snow on the ground at the time, but it was very enjoyable. Chris was forced to drive me to the deer stands using a tractor. This fall (2009) I once again traveled back to North Dakota and was lucky enough to shoot another 140 class deer with my bow.
In the time that I have been hunting with Chris I’ve seen his range go from mostly open pasture land with scattered crop fields scattered around the edges to special deer only food plots in safe secluded places. Deer used to just travel through Chris’s property from bedding to feeding, now those same deer are starting to stay on his property because they have everything they need.
It’s always been a pleasure to hunt with Chris. He goes the extra mile to provide everything that a hunter could want. The quality of the deer you can see went from a chance sighting of a decent deer to seeing multiple good deer and a few really good deer. I now feel like I always have a chance to shoot a wall hanger every time I step into the field. As long as Chris keep letting me come back, you can bet that I’ll be there.
Jeremy Mattson – Illinois