DIY Kentucky Trophy Whitetail Hunt

1-4 Guests • Lodge • Private • Self-Guided/DIY


DIY Whitetail Hunt

130” min for bucks.

The Hunt

In the Bluegrass region hunters took more than 36,500 deer in their 31-county area of central and north Kentucky. The bluegrass region is where you will find the most liberal gun-hunting season. Big buck states are often expensive to hunt, but that isn’t the case in Kentucky. An annual non-resident license costs around $140, a statewide deer permit is $120($15 for youth) and residents pay just $55 for a license and tag.

Proper deer management is vital to the growing herd. In order to have a high-quality deer herd you need four ingredients: genetics, age structure, remote habitat, and food. Kentucky is one of the leading states with a plentiful supply of all of these. Our goal is for every hunter to harvest a deer he or she will be proud of while growing lasting friendships and providing a fun and memorable experience.

Archery and Crossbow Hunting

Archery whitetail season starts around the beginning of September and runs through November. This hunt is perfect for those who want to get a chance at the elusive mature buck. Crossbow whitetail hunts are open in late September, October, and November. Crossbow hunting gives all hunters young and old an opportunity to enjoy this exciting aspect of the sport without needing as much strength to pull back their bowstring.

Muzzleloader Hunts

Muzzleloader hunts are a unique experience. In Mid October and Mid December, this hunt is one of the most popular because its length is shorter than rifle season. Hunting with a Muzzleloader requires hunters to use firearms that the shooter loads by inserting the ammunition into the barrel of the gun. It is one of the more difficult and challenging hunts than the other two seasons but offers some of the best opportunities for trophy bucks.

Rifle Hunts

Rifle season starts at the end of November. During rifle hunts, hunters use firearms that require the shooter to load bullets into the magazine and chamber before firing. Rifle hunts are popular due to the convenience of using a modern gun during the hunt. Rifle hunting can be enjoyed by all ages. The benefit of those hunts is that hunters can take more shots than during a muzzleloader hunt.

How Many Deer Can Be Harvester

One Whitetail Buck 130” minimum.

What is a Trophy Buck

Back in the old days, the number of points on the antlers mattered more than anything else. Today's hunters take into consideration mass, symmetry, and time length. Of course, a 10 or 12 point is always a goal especially if the buck is mature. A hunter today knows it takes 5 or 6 years for a buck to grow to its full potential, so experienced hunters will pass on younger deer and wait to reap the rewards later with a massive buck. That brings us to one key factor for a trophy buck: MATURITY.

For many hunters a trophy buck is defined by AGE: A young buck 2-3 years old with 8-10 points has the potential to mature into an older buck with high scoring 10–12-point antlers, long tines, and a heavy main beam. Many consider a large deer to be a trophy because they have been given time to mature and develop. The older the deer the more cunning and better at evading a predator, thus harder to hunt. The older bucks are survivors who have outlived a lot of other whitetails. They search their surroundings, test the wind, and even look up in the trees for possible predators. Successfully hunting a deer with that much awareness definitely makes it a trophy whitetail. Then others consider EXPERIENCE: To some hundred a trophy deer is judged by the size of the deer; others define a trophy buck by the inches of the antler and still others base Whitetail trophy status on the deer's age. But some people consider the EXPERIENCE of the hunt itself, regardless of the animal. A trophy whitetail might be one you had to work really hard for or one that tested your skills. It might be the deer that was most challenging or that buck that has eluded you time and time again. If you're an experienced hunter you've probably killed several whitetail deer, but what stands out about them? You probably remember the biggest deer, and surely are proud of that kill. But what about the first whitetail deer hunt with a bow? Or the first successful hunt on a new or challenging terrain? What about that whitetail deer hunt with some good friends? What about the first hunt you ever went on? At that moment did you care about the size or age of the deer, or just the fact that you had successfully hunted the animal? So, the best answer to the question of what qualifies a trophy whitetail deer is: IT DEPENDS

What’s Included in the Hunt!

  • Lodging

  • Hunt

  • Lodge with Full Kitchen

  • Linens and Towels

  • Ladder Stands and Hang on

  • Baited sites


Located on a 390-acre farm our lodge is 6500 sq ft with three bathrooms and 5 bedrooms, and sleeps 14 people. We have two fully stocked kitchens—an entertainment room with a pool table.

Base price is per person per day. 130” min Whitetail Buck.

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Your Host

Kraig's Trip

Kraig S

Your premiere Do It Yourself hunting destination.

from $330/Day

Base Price

$330.00 Per Person Per Day


$82.50 Per Day Per Item


Pay later options are only available for trips that start more than 30 days from today.

Total Payment


Please note that there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee. In case of cancellation, and in accordance with the Host's cancellation policy, the remaining 50% may be returned to you or applied towards rescheduling a future trip.


  • Hunt 9000 Acres Over 30 Privately Owned Farms
  • Lodging
  • Full Kitchen
  • Linens and Towels
  • Ladder Stands and Hang Ons
  • Baited Sites
  • 195 Trail Cameras



Gear List

  • Weather Appropriate Hunting Attire
  • Stands for Personal use
  • ATV or UTV
  • Own Transportation To and From Properties

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Rules & Guidelines

All hunting is based on a per day per hunter rate. We have a 130” min for bucks. Each hunter can harvest 1 whitetail buck NO DOES> Check-in time is noon and check-out is 10 am. We have 30 farms and 9000 acres to offer our hunters and you will be assigned a farm for your group upon arrival.

Persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1975 must carry a valid hunter education card or hunter education exemption permit while hunting. Children younger than 12 years old are exempt from hunter education certification, but must be accompanied by an adult who meets the hunter education requirement.

All hunters, and persons accompanying them, must wear outer garments of hunter orange color visible from all sides on the head, back and chest when hunting during daylight hours for any species during the modern gun, muzzleloader, and youth firearm deer seasons, or a firearm elk or bear season.

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