Sorry I missed your calls yesterday, Chescohunter. I spent the week at the sports show in Harrisburg, and was only home evenings. I will be home all day today unless the W 1 FE unit changes my plans. Check your pms.
There is no southern deer hunt that is as good as the outfitter will tell you it is. I have gone on a bunch of them. My former hunting buddy always tried to go on the cheap, and it took a few years but we found out that you do get what you pay for. The cheap southern hunts are cheap for a reason. It is true, though, that some that are just starting out might be real bargains.
When you are asking questions, ask the references how many different stands and how much land they hunted on. One outfitter we hunted with told us he had over 100 stands out, but the eight guys who hunted that week rotated around eight or ten stands. We left each other notes.
Of all of the southern hunts I have been on I can recommend three as being pretty much what they said they would be. Thos would be White Oak Plantation in Alabama, McKenna Ranch in Mississippi (I don't know if they are still in business), and Deerfield. I am not including Ohio hunts in this assessment.
Since you asked about Deerfield specifically (I can't say anything about Buffalo Creek as I have never hunted there), I will address the rest of my comments there. I hunted there for the first time in late December of 1994. The season was just about over. I was mightily impressed with the number of turkeys I saw, but the deer sightings were sparse. I managed to take a seven point and did pass up a couple of does and bucks though, and decided that this place was one I should go back to. The lodging and food were excellent. I went back several times after that to hunt turkeys, and later when the hog population rose to higher levels, did a combination hunt for hogs and spring turkeys.
Loridr, who also posts on these boards, talked me into going with him in October two years ago. The photos that I am posting come from that hunt and last year's hunt. Bumblehick and JM59 who also post here were on that hunt too, and some of the photos will be of them. To make the story a bit shorter, I have taken four bucks in the last two years, three of which most hunters would not have passed up. You can shoot a deer (buck or doe) each morning and evening, but most folks do not get one every stand. Here are some photos for your enjoyment.
1. Loridr and the Mutt with an evening's production.
2. JM59 with two bucks taken on one morning stand.
3. Loridr with a really nice S. C. buck.
4. My buddy Dave with a decent hog.
5. Bumblehick and his harvest one day.
6. Finally, two of my bucks from this year.