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Outfitter Review - Hamilton Hills Plantation

Submit Date: Jan 12, 2004

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Hamilton Hills Plantation

Outfitter / Contact: Doug/Lyle Smith

Location: Alabama, CSA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Whitetail

Game Quality: Good

Game Quantity: 52+ in 4 days (Excellent)

Accomodations: Homey

Camp Condition: Great

Food Quality: Good

Guide Experience: TOP NOTCH!!!!!

Other Personal Experience: What other personnel?

Review Information

Hunter: Derek Underwood

Phone: 205-790-1072


Would Recommend: Absolutely

Overall Impression: Awesome

This was my first paid gun hunt and my third paid hunt this season (I'm a bowhunter, too). The bottom line for me was the guides. Doug & Lyle (brothers) were born & raised there, and they know the land. After breakfast & lunch they would break out a deck of playing cards and say "high two go with Lyle, low two go with Doug". All four hunters would pick a card to see which selected stand they would hunt. The selected stands would already be written down on paper with two picked by Doug & two picked by Lyle. This simple method eliminated any possible notions of a hunter thinking that the guides were playing favorites. Then Doug or Lyle (depending on who you drew) would draw you a map showing you the layout of your hunting area, with the method(s) of approach and departure from the stand, close property lines (if applicable), typical movements of the deer, recent history of the stand, tempature and wind direction, etc. All 8 of my hunts had perfect wind! I wish I had guides like this for my bowhunting trips! I was always on my stand on time. These guys are on the ball. I saw at least 52 different deer in four days! You get one doe for your trip, and one buck a day. I took a delicious doe (the meat has already been processed), a nice coyote, and my first buck, a nice six point. I had a glimpse of a monster in the tree line during the same hunt that I took the buck. They have the deer population. Hamilton Hills only takes four hunters at a time with a hunter:guide ratio of 2:1! Four hunters for seventy something stands! Not much pressure there! Out of 4 hunters, there were 4 bucks taken and all got does. You stay in the old family farm house, sleeping in a large room with several beds. Doug & Lyle take turns cooking breakfast. They bring in a local lady (Esther I think) to cook traditional southern dishes as well. I saved my money all year to be able to afford some good hunting opportunities, and I feel like my money was well spent with the Smiths. I cannot say that for all the hunts I have taken. I highly recommend these guys for a south Bama hunting adventure. I know I'll be back.

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