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Outfitter Review - PA-KO Plantation

Submit Date: Oct 26, 2008

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: PA-KO Plantation

Outfitter / Contact: J. PAUL Taylor

Location: Alabama, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Whitetail Deer

Game Quality: NONE

Game Quantity: NONE

Accomodations: OUTSTANDING

Camp Condition: OUTSTANDING


Guide Experience: POOR

Other Personal Experience: FAIR

Review Information

Hunter: Charles Hill

Phone: 334-537-9605


Would Recommend: NO

Overall Impression: NOT IMPRESSED

I arrived on Thursday (23 Oct 08) around 2 p.m. and left Sunday @ noon. The reason that this trip was so cheap is because it was booked through a local archery shop. The cost was $400.00 a hunter, 20 hunters use 2 consecutive weeks, 12 hunters the first week, 8 hunters the second; the owner told me that he gave us a "discounted price to try to get more bow hunters to come to the PA-KO plantation". On the Friday morning after it quit raining, we were taken out and told to scout and find a suitable tree to put our climbers on. The next day, Saturday, they forgot to arrange for someone to take us out. We had to call the Manager, who called the owner. He and his son took 2 of us to our stands. I arrived at my climber @ 6:10 a.m. After talking to some of the other hunters, on Sunday I talked to the owner of the PA_KO Plantation (J.Paul Taylor), which was the day I left, to discuss some issues that arose during my stay. He told me that he was not really set up to handle bow hunters. The statement on his website about the "1000" acres set aside for "BOWHUNTERS ONLY" was and 8-9 years old statement and he needs to delete that off of the website. He rotates locations for bow hunters around the 5000 acres that is part of the plantation, so the bow hunter area this year might be a gun hunter area next year. He also stated that "gun hunters are how he makes his money". Every stand/location that I was put in/on had a shooting house less than 100 yards from it and someone had sat there the week before. Our guides, were NOT GUIDES, but people that work for him on the plantation, they are NOT BOW HUNTERS and the owner stated this fact to me. One member of the hunting party was taken out by the plantation manager, but when asked about wind direction and hunting/stand placement the manager stated "I don't know anything about that what do you guys think". When asked about the ladder stands the owner (J.Paul Taylor) stated that the stands are geared more towards the gun hunter. I asked him about a lock on climber that I sat in that had grown into the tree, J.Paul told me that the stands pays off year after year and as long itÂ’s a live tree there was no reason to move it or do maintenance on the stand, 2 out of the 8 hunters were successful in taking an 8 & 9 point (one doe was never found). The food, room & lodge were OUTSTANDING. I would NOT recommend this outfitter to a bow hunter. I would recommend it to a gun hunter.

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