As a result of some difficulties, one of our members (John) will not be able to be a member of CMHC this year. He is a wonderful guy and has been in and out of CMHC since 2011 and we are distraught at his leaving.
With this said, we have one (1) opening for 2017.
Dues for 2017 are $2025 per member this year, we pay $50 per member in August for insurance.
Reading these links will give you an idea of our land and allow you to see what we are about
Reading these threads and looking at the photos (in particular) should help show you our land and our herd.
We are in an area that is flat loaded with deer and turkey. Many people say this, we can back it up.
We are 6 hunters on 844 acres total and as a result of excellent trigger control – we only took three bucks in 2016: 187 lbs, 226 lbs and 257 lbs.
Yes, 257 lbs – verified on two scales.
Think we took about 12-14 does, three of which were taken with archery. We may have taken a few more than this - but no less.... I would have to look at the sign in book.
Our season starts 15 August and a velvet buck is very easy to take, if you are a rifle hunter and choose to do so. It is, however, much harder to do with archery (ask me how I know….).
Our club is now in zones (3) and this is very intentional. We have two members per zone and this places the burden of work, careful scouting, reducing human pressure and being smart in general on the two members that are assigned a zone. If you scout too much, check your cameras too much, ride your 4 wheeler too much, shoot smaller bucks, traipse all over the land during season – you are only hurting yourself. On the other hand, if you avoid this behavior – you are really helping yourself….
This is important – each zone with its two members must be on the same page as it relates to food plot costs, feeder costs, the cost of corn during season, mineral stations and protein stations, should you choose to go this latter route. The dues, which are not cheap in the first place, are clearly not the only costs. I tell you this not to scare you, just so you will know what it costs to obtain, create and maintain a place that is special when you hunt it. Our deer are plentiful, they are unpressured (for the most part), they are healthy and we are on private, long term leased land. Keeping the deer fed and healthy gets really hard when you have the aggressive herd that we have. They will eat you out of house and home in a very short period of time….
No discussion of costs would be complete without noting that land in this area - for lease - is almost impossible to come by at any price. We are in western Bamberg county - do some searching and note what you can find for lease or clubs that are accepting members. What you will find is almost non existent - it is almost all old-family land (which is what we hunt on) that is simply not for lease.
All CMHC rules and guidelines apply in our zone arrangement. You are a club member and are NOT subleasing a property. You are, however, allowed to manage your own property. I will inspect periodically but it will be with your knowledge.
We have a simple two buck limit with 14” 4 point per side minimum. We gladly invite you to take 4-5 does to fill your freezer. We would not be happy with someone that took a second 14” buck “just because the limit was 2”. Rare has been the hunter that took two bucks in one year – think I have only done this one time since 2010. Hunters that simply must take the max on bucks are not the guys we are looking for – we are looking for someone that wants to grow the property and the herd and make the hunt a far more enjoyable process.
Perfect would be the guy that took a great 16" tall tine buck and then later managed to harvest a giant 20" behemoth - because it was so much bigger than the first. I am sure you know what I mean.
All of our members are from out of state (except me and I probably hunt less than anyone else – I am basically gone the month of November for Illinois). I would classify our pressure as light.
We have little to no trespass, have had no theft problems and are very content with our arrangements, which are all face to face with private landowners – same family.
The zone (three tracts) that is open is the crown jewel of our tracts. It is our original acreage (beginning in 2010) and is where the barn / camping / sign in board is located. This tract is also the one we pay the most for but these costs are mitigated by the other zones – meaning we average the overall costs because we all share the barn.
We will offer one camping spot with this membership and it can be provided power and water. Power is split monthly by the number of campers present. You will be responsible for running the power and water to your camper (30' approx.), at my instruction.
This membership covers three tracts, which total 244 acres – which will only have two hunters total – one of which is being offered here - to you, if you are the right person. You will be paired with a long time member (Karl) who has no kids and his wife does not hunt – so he is the ONLY other person that will be hunting these tracts:
70% tillable in cotton, melon, peanut rotation – think 2017 will be melons. Fortunately, the largest tillable field is about 30 acres and they are all broken up by ditches, fence rows, woods patches, etc. One of the ag fields is entirely enclosed by woods and has produced very well. Think there are 9 ag fields on this tract total.
30% in hardwood and mixed pine and hardwood
1 small duck pond, full all the time
1 creek that runs 90% of the time
A few seasonal creeks
Good to very good oaks
Incredible amounts of edge, a rifle hunter’s dream
Numerous excellent archery areas
Roughly 12 acres of food plots
5 standard food plots: 2.0, 2.5, 2.5, .9, 1.0 acre food plots – all with ph greater than 6.5 – no stumps, holes, drop off’s etc
1 of these 2.5 acre plots is in a Ladino clover test to see if perennials will work in our area – loaded with oats, Austrian winter peas, blue lupine and clover now and needs maintenance in 2017 to see if the clover will live and thrive - if yes, we will likely begin to pattern other plots off of this.
We also have about 2.5 acres of plots in rows (in the woods) on the west side of the property – all with ph of greater than 6.5. These have been very healthy and have provided excellent draw for deer and turkey. No stumps and no holes.
There are multiple stands in place and room for many more.
Barn on north end of property with the campers, power and water – hunt this tract and you do not need to drive anywhere.
This tract has been criminally under-hunted lately - in spite of the fact that a few great bucks were taken there early on – in 2011 and 2012 if I recall correctly.
It is about 35 acres of tillable ground (same rotation and was melons in 2016) but the woods on either side (east and west) are very dense and can be a bow hunters dream.
Excellent long range rifle hunting
Good powerline section with ditch / creek – grows up thick for years and then the powerline company mows it…. (one good food plot area in this section but we have not used it in years – ph would be poor)
The oaks on this farm are excellent to very excellent.
Two small ag ponds that contain water all the time.
Nasty, thick swamp bottom with a small pine hill
Creek flows through and adjoins river.
I have been on this property since 2010 and to my knowledge, this little area has never been hunted.
Awesome spot, I think, for a feeder and an archery set up. Put in two stands for different wind directions and run the feeder on the dry ground
There are probably some oaks on this tract – but I am not sure.
Who are we looking for?
First and foremost – you must be able to respect the land and our guidelines, which are simple, reasonable and will be shared with prospective members. Failure to do this will either get you ejected or uninvited the following year. You are an out of state hunter with a full time job that is not going to “live” at the camp through the deer season. You are QDM minded but are not a trophy freak. You are reasonable, roll with the punches and enjoy the work at the farm almost as much as you love the hunt. You are content with 1 – 2 bucks per year….or less – some years, you may elect not to take any. You are content to use does to fill the freezer. (For lack of a better term, I am the club president and I think I have taken 3 bucks in the last 4 years. I am also archery only, in spite of the fact that we have no archery season). You are food plot and mineral lick minded. You understand the investment in the land and take the long view for a hunting arrangement – meaning you are as concerned with years 4, 5 and 6 as you are with year 1. You are able to avoid male fawn harvest (which would count as a buck on your membership). You are someone that values privacy and treasures hunts that are free from intrusion. You are fiercely protective of your arrangement and want to see it grow and become better each year.
We tried to put together a tractor co-op purchase this year with the members and we did not get it done yet – this is still on the table. I have basically used my tractor to do all the work in previous years and I just cannot keep up. I have loaned the tractor before with less than stellar results and usage / abuse.
Get in touch with me and we will start the discussion. A phone interview with me would begin the process and I will then talk to Karl – and we will schedule a call for all of us and then a club visit.
Our turkey season begins very soon, so if you are interested in that – make it snappy. Our club year runs Jan – Dec. Dues are due each year on 1 January.
I welcome you to talk to current members and the guy who is leaving us - John. If you would like to talk with past members, we welcome that, as well.
References for you – from past or current hunting arrangements, would be a good thing.
I have included photos of the 185 and 45 and what we encounter with our plots. This last pic is on the west side of the 185.
Thanks for reading…
803-479-8975 cell and text.