• Great Southern Outdoors has practiced quality Alabama Whitetail Deer management

    Great Southern Outdoors has practiced quality deer management and focused on growing stronger and healthier Alabama whitetail deer herds Since the mid-1900s. Along with such practices comes the preparation for our upcoming deer season. As one season ends a new one begins.

    As soon as Spring arrives the John Deere tractors load up with fuel and the discs dig deep into the dirt preparing the firebreaks. Timber sanctuaries are set to a prescribed burn and controlled to create new growth on the natures floor of our woodlands. Once new growth has started and mid spring emerges, the tractors shift directions into food plot preparation. Preparing the rich Alabama Black Belt soil by breaking up several hundred acres lasts through the late weeks of May and early weeks of June.

    Determinations are made as to how many Alabama Whitetail Deer hunting plots and how many feeding plots will be needed for the best outcome in the coming season. Location is always a key factor. Wind directions cannot be a guarantee on any given day however an average for a location can usually be determined.

    This is a benefit when deciding where to place a stand for that plot. Our feeding plots main functions are to serve as places for deer to feed and have refuge. The majority of these Alabama Whitetail Deer are in the central part of the property and serve as a sanctuary where whitetail deer feel safe.

    Before plots can be planted, we must test the soil to determine what nutrients need to be added for best crop productions. Samples are sent to the Auburn University Soil Forage and Water Testing Laboratory for analysis. Once the ground is prepared and nutrients added our drills begin driving the poundage of peas and beans into our highly rich soil.

    As Spring showers drench our fields and seeds begin to emerge, we rotate our direction towards scouting areas where our herds are shifting their feeding and bedding patterns. Locating these positions takes time and that is when our Moultrie game cameras come into play. With over 6,000 acres to scout our guides have designated territories that are split into 4 zones. Each of our guides spend countless hours in the fields strategically scouting out where the best stand placement can be set for the best opportunity at seeing numbers of deer as well as having a shot at the buck of a lifetime.

    At Great Southern Outdoors a trophy buck must be at least a minimum of eight points with a spread outside the ears. Our ultimate target would be a 5.5-year-old buck, however we understand that not all hunters are experienced in determining the age of a Alabama Whitetail Deer by body size and structure. The Alabama Whitetail Bucks range in size depending on the region of the state where they raise.

    The Alabama Black Belt bucks are generally your larger body weight bucks as well as more antler mass due to the natural protein that grows in this region without any added supplements. At Great Southern Outdoors our minimum bucks score between 121 and 132 on average. Larger bucks are taken each season. The largest buck to be harvested on the property in the last 30 years scored 172.

    When early scouting season is over and our summer months have passed, the early fall months arrive and by then the peas and beans have been hit hard and our whitetail deer herds are needing more forage to prepare for the winter season.

    The John Deere tractors start at full swing again digging into the dirt and planting winter crops such as wheat, oats, turnips, chicory, winter peas, rape, clover, and MORE soybeans. These crops are drilled into our rich soils. Rotating our crops and giving more variety of food sources to our herds brings us stronger and healthier deer along with all the other abundance of wildlife that call Great Southern Outdoors home.

    Food plots are just a small part of our overall management program. Great Southern Outdoors gives top priority to maintaining high quality native habitats. In order to accomplish this, great consideration is given to the density of the herds in each area.

    Too many animals will lead to over grazing and diminishing the natural habitats. Each season, as part of our quality deer management program, we survey our whitetail deer herds to determine our sex ratio. The goal is a 1 to 1 ratio. Ratios in the past few years have averaged 1.5 does to 1 buck. Not perfect, but we will take it.

    Alabama Whitetail Deer
    Whether you are looking for swamp hardwood bottom hunting, rolling hills, planted pine timber sanctuaries, clear-cuts, clover, standing beans, wheat and turnip patches we have it all. Located in the heart of the Blackbelt Region of Alabama and the number one (1) County of deer population in the state of Alabama.

    Let Great Southern Outdoors host your next Alabama Whitetail Deer hunting adventure. 334-738-5066 / www.greatsouthernoutdoors.com