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Lone Wolf Buck, Mike Tonkery
2008 Bow Season Mike and his buck. Not only was the rack big, but the body on this buck would not quit. Quite the buck.
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2010 Perry Bailey
Perry Bailey says: 'Dave,
I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank you and put into words my experiences with you, the ALMOST HEAVEN OUTFITTERS property and the big bucks on it so far. I first talked to you in August last year about the opportunities that the lease had to offer after I had found the ALMOST HEAVEN OUTFITTERS add in a Bow hunter magazine. Since I am originally from one of the four bow only counties in southern WV I knew the potential for giant trophies was there. I just needed to find that special place and this sounded like it was it. So, I e-mailed you with my contact information and then we played phone tag for a while before we actually spoke. I really wanted to speak with you about the lease so I ended up calling you on the phone while I was at the beach. We ended up talking for almost three hours during the middle of the day. Seriously, I was at the beach and was on the phone talking with you about deer hunting? Yep that happened, because in just a short time I could tell you were also a bow hunter and knew what you were talking about and that bow hunting was a major part of your life. I knew we had something in common, BIG BUCKS!
After our conversation I promptly paid my dues for the lease and scheduled my hunting trip for the 2nd week of December 2009. Unfortunately for me, I stumbled upon the ad for Almost Heaven Outfitters a little to late in the year and I had to schedule the trip late due to having prior hunts already planned in Virginia, Canada and Illinois. After all of the trips and the year was over, the biggest bucks that I saw were on the Almost Heaven Lease. Without ever being on the lease and through several conversations with you on the phone, you in formed me of a good area to get me started. On the first day of hunting I saw a 160-170 class buck(splitter). In the first four days of hunting I had saw four different P&Y class bucks. Well, needless to say, that was enough for me. I knew this was a place that had big bucks and a lot of ground. Now I had to do some homework and fine tune where I wanted to hunt. I hunted hard for 8 days and the cold December weather was brutal. Well I never killed a buck, but I saw them and knew that I wanted to invest some time and start thinking about the 2010 season. Renewing my lease was a no brainer. I did it immediately!
Well the weekend of March 20-21, 2010 rolled around and I finally got to meet you on what was scheduled to be a shed hunting weekend. It turned out to be more of an orientation weekend for the newest 1,000 acres that was recently added to the lease last year. This I did not mind at all because I was still learning some new big buck territory. Just like on the phone, when we met in person you were very personable, the whitetail knowledge was obvious and the thurst for more of it was very clear. I had a great time that weekend. We rode around in my Rhino and talked about a lot of things, well, we talked about deer. It was obvious you knew a lot about those mountain bucks and even with your experiences you still wanted to know more about them. Well I guess I should say I listened to you as you shared a lot of your personal experiences and knowledge. And that I do appreciate. One thing that impressed me about you was that it was clear by looking at the pictures on the Almost Heaven Outfitters web site that you had killed several big or should I say monster bucks, but you never talked a lot about those deer or used them as a way to toot your own horn. I respected that a lot and I enjoyed our conversations.
During the orientation we were getting acquainted with G.P.S.s, topographic maps and how useful they can be. I have killed a lot of deer and a few P&Y bucks that I am very proud of back in those southern WV mountains so I know what a challenege they can be. With this said, however, I am still learning with every venture out in those big mountains. I am also still learning and trying to connect the pieces so to speak and figure it all out. I have to say that I am very impressed with what I am about to say about David. Well, you started helping me learn how to put those pieces together while back at the hotel when looking at a topo map of the lease. (You had never even set foot on this ground yet) While looking at the map you showed me an area that you thought a big ol mature buck would use based on the terrain features on the map. Right then, based on the coordinates from the topo map, I put them into my GPS to do a little ground checking the next day. Also noted was that this location was a ridge line saddle that had an existing gas well roadway. The next day using the G.P.S. co-ordinates, we drove to the exact spot you referenced on the topo map and surprise, surprise, some big ol buck tracks were there as clear as day crossing the road. Not just one set either. You could tell this deer liked crossing in this specific spot which you had picked out on the map while at the hotel because there were several different tracks were he had crossed through at different times and they were all going the same direction. To me, that was impressive. However, I consider myself an accomplished bow hunter so I could not give you too much props, (proper respect, compliments) at that time. But, after I had time to think about it, I realized, you know what, this guy knows what he is talking about. He deserves credit on that one, that was pretty cool!
Dave, I appreciate all that you have done to pave the way for the Almost Heaven lease thus far, I know from your stories you have put a lot of work into it. I assure you I will be a sponge and try to soak up all the knowledge on these big ol mountain bucks that you can give me!!
Wishing us all the best for the upcoming season, many thanks,
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