I am curios to know how big (#acres) of your ranches/leases are where you do most of your hunting/filming (Briarwoods, Illinois, South Texas, Kansas, Etc.). Are they high fenced? What is the smallest practical area to consider for high fence?

I live on 1,800 very wooded acres in East Texas. It is the toughest hunting I do, but there are some great bucks here. Rattling has been my best tool for taking bucks at Briar Lakes Ranch. Once the acorns hit the ground, the deer become invisible. I don’t let anyone rattle unless they are with me. This has kept even the older bucks susceptible to this technique. Rancho Encantado is 5,250 acres and is also a great whitetail habitat. We keep our deer herds well below carrying capacity so there is plenty for them to eat. It is one of my secrets to producing such big deer, but also guarantees it to be a true hunt. Briarwood is 1,500 acres but I no longer own it. It is still a great bow hunting location. Kansas is about 30,000 acres but only about 7,000 is truly huntable. Once you get off the river, there is not much of a concentration of deer. My elk and mule deer hunting is done all over; much of it is also done on Rancho Lobo, as well. This Northern New Mexico ranch is 8,000 acres. I also own a share in an 18,000 acre ranch next door. Between the two, I have almost more hunting than I can get to! Our bulls are getting bigger, but right now a 340 is considered a whopper. I did take a gross 194 muley 2 years ago with my bow. All of my whitetail properties that I own are high fenced. I am convinced you can have a fair chase bow hunt on a heavily wooded, one square mile habitat. I would double that for rifle. It is imperative to keep the herd below carrying capacity by about 30% to preserve the integrity of the hunt.