I encourage every deer hunter to book with Tad Ladd West Kentucky Whitetails. My first hunting experience there was during the 2015 velvet bowhunt, and it certainly will not be the last. From the time I arrived in camp to returning to Alabama with a Kentucky giant in the bed of my truck, my entire experience was positive; not a single negative. Some might say, “It’s easy to make such a statement since he tagged a great buck.” But I’d already drawn that conclusion before my arrow zipped through the 150-inch buck’s chest on the final afternoon of my hunt. Tad and his crew are passionate, not only about growing big bucks, but also for the health of the entire herd. Through their year-round management practices, they’ve created a setting that provides everything the deer need. The property has rolling terrain with mature timbers, dense thickets, abundant agricultural fields (many which will NOT be harvested), strategically placed and custom shaped food plots, mineral sites, water sources, and more features. You’ll be amazed at the countryside’s beauty and what it offers the local wildlife. And all this translates to the enjoyment and success of your hunt. Tad’s team is respectful, hard-working and willing to serve in whatever way possible. Your success is top priority. The hunting setups were well planned. Paths to and from stands were cleared and clearly marked, which made for quiet access. Plus the treestands were very comfortable. You can rest assured that every hunting setup is there for a reason. A big buck has been frequenting that area. In fact, all but one hunter in camp with me encountered or harvested a trophy buck. I also respect that Tad requires every hunter in camp to wear a safety-harness while treestand hunting. Plus, each stand has a life-line to ensure safety during the climb and descent. You and your family can have confidence in a safe and successful hunt, whether or not you harvest an animal. The lodging and food were both fantastic. I loved that the dining hall is a separate building from the sleeping quarters. This enabled us to go afield without smelling like a Waffle House or burger joint. The afternoons were spent relaxing, fishing the 60-acre lake, or flinging arrows at the 3-D archery range. As you can see, I’ve written much more about my overall Tad Ladd experience than I did about the 12-point buck I harvested. I’ve hunted with many outfitters across the U.S. and learned that a successful hunt is not measured solely by taking a nice deer, but by the many memories and new friends you make along the way. I’m proud to say that Tad, Austin and the rest of his crew are all my friends. So, book a hunt with Tad. But let me warn you: Be practiced up with whatever gear you choose to take afield, because your chance at that buck of a lifetime is very likely. Good luck, and I hope to see you in camp! — Ryan Noffsinger / Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine
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