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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-10-2016, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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South Carolina hunt

I am planning a deer hunt in South Carolina and have it narrowed down to three lodges.

*Deerfield Plantation
*Buck Run Lodge
*South Carolina Trophy hunters

If anyone has had any experience with any of the above and would like to share their experience, or any other suggestions would be appreciated. Not a trophy hunter, no high fence, and maybe some opportunity at hogs too.

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Deerfield Plantation is a great lodge and would tell you that would be the place to go. Good people and good hunting. Intend to go back some day.
Buck run, well something about the owner and his brother in law hunting the same time you do and shooting all of the big bucks. Signing a 9 page document, telling you that he can kick you out at any time during your hunt if he doesn't like what you're doing. Hmmmm. Saw some nice dead deer---shot by the owner....No one else got anything worth speaking about and when I did shoot at a deer, he refused to go check out to see if it died. Tells me the next year he found the dead deer in the pines..Oh, I wasn't allowed to get out of my stand until he picks you up. Getting out early constitutes removal from hunting lodge..
Trophy hunters, never hunted there.

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Re: South Carolina hunt

Iíve hunted Deerfield every year since 1995. Iíve killed 55 deer (including 29 bucks), 3 big hogs and 2 bobcats on the place. I usually hunt the second or third week of October, but because of an early moose hunt next fall Iíll be at Deerfield the first or second week of December 2016. Iíve posted a story of my hunts on HPA every year for many years, below are links to 2015 and 2014. Iíve killed a number of very good bucks there as well, below are pics of a few.

2015
https://www.huntingpa.com/forums/ubbthrea...738#Post3628738

2014
https://www.huntingpa.com/forums/ubbthrea...997#Post3426997








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Re: South Carolina hunt

Gonna try to book for this year if possible and take my 13 yo!
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Tidewater good to see you....havnt seen you in awhile...
Great looking deer in Deer Plantation...!
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Re: South Carolina hunt

Just based upon Loridr and Muttley's posts on here for years if I was to book a deer hunt in South Carolina it would have to be Deerefield.

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Re: South Carolina hunt

LORIDR,

I have never booked a hunt with an outfitter. How do you handle tipping each person and what percentage is usual????
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LORIDR,

I have never booked a hunt with an outfitter. How do you handle tipping each person and what percentage is usual????
Tidewater,

You tip your guide and the cook. For this type of hunt where your guide is simply putting you on a stand and helping recover your game the industry standard is 10%; I tip a little extra over that. You tip your guide personally at the end of your hunt. I usually tip the cook and in the case of Deerfield, the house keeper, $50.00 and give it to the owner to divide between them as he sees fit. On other hunts I'll usually personally tip the cook $50.00.

On hunts where a guide accompanies you all of the time during the hunt I'd tip about 15% depending on my perception of the effort he put out.

There are some outfitters who automatically add a tip to the price of the hunt and it seems to be getting more common. In that case it is what it is.
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LORIDR,

I have never booked a hunt with an outfitter. How do you handle tipping each person and what percentage is usual????
Tidewater,

You tip your guide and the cook. For this type of hunt where your guide is simply putting you on a stand and helping recover your game the industry standard is 10%; I tip a little extra over that. You tip your guide personally at the end of your hunt. I usually tip the cook and in the case of Deerfield, the house keeper, $50.00 and give it to the owner to divide between them as he sees fit. On other hunts I'll usually personally tip the cook $50.00.

On hunts where a guide accompanies you all of the time during the hunt I'd tip about 15% depending on my perception of the effort he put out.

There are some outfitters who automatically add a tip to the price of the hunt and it seems to be getting more common. In that case it is what it is.

Thanks for the info, that sounds pretty reasonable. Don't want to rip them off or have them pee in my coffee on the return trip
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Re: South Carolina hunt

I can second Loridrs suggestion for Deerfield.

I've gone on 4 hunts to Deerfield w/Loridr, always did well and had a blast. It's a great place to hunt. My cousin joined us this past Oct for his 1st hunt there, he's hooked! We'll both be booking return trips.

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