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2017 Membership Drive

The 2017 Hunt Club Membership drive will start January 2nd. The Club is looking for members who are serious about managing and harvesting mature trophy class animals.

The Clubs one fee membership allows full season access to all their properties that are strategically located in well known trophy animal producing areas.

The Hunt Club Nebraska 2016 season proved to be challenging to learn its 12 square miles of hunting grounds, but members overcame the hurdle with great success. Now that members have got a little "taste" of what this property's potential is, many members are eager to get back in the spring to scout out new locations for the 2017 hunting season.

The Hunt Club Nebraska has a large herd of Mule Deer, Whitetail, Antelope and plenty of Turkeys. Members are urged to come and hunt Turkey this season as the bag limits for Turkey are liberal and offer spring and fall seasons. Antelope is also plentiful with some really good bucks spotted this past season.

The Hunt Club is perfect for the hunter that has a flexible schedule or finds time at the last minute to go hunting. Anyone having interest or would like more details on the operation are urged to e-mail the Club at info@wildop.com. The initial $1000 in membership dues is due March 1st with the balance due by June 1st.

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A Look into The Iowa Fence Law Code

If you are an Iowa landowner then you may already be familiar with Iowa fence law.
The law is rather out-dated and there are plenty of folks who disagree with some or all of it (especially those that don’t own livestock, it seems.)
The law states that existing border fences be maintained by both landowners and that the expense shared by both adjacent landowners.
Additionally, if there is no border fencing, and if one owner decides to have one, then that person can demand, by written request, the adjacent landowner to build a legal fence.
“Respective owners of adjoining tracts of land shall upon written request of either owner be compelled to erect and maintain partition fences, or contribute thereto, and keep the same in good repair throughout the year.” (a)
Who Pays for the Fence?
In determining how to apportion fence responsibilities under the statute, many landowners have traditionally applied the right-hand rule: two adjoining property owners, facing each other at the center of the fence along their shared property boundary, each agree to build the right half from the center of the property to the end of the property line. While this is an acceptable practice, it is not based in statutory or case law. Thus, it is not a required method of allocation. ( Iowa Fence Requirements:A Legal Review By Kristine A. Tidgreni July 27,2016)
Let’s go back to the question of my client.
Does he need to make that poor, below-code, fence-line better if he buys the land? Even though neither side owns or runs livestock?
He may need to make that border fence-line better – it all depends upon what the adjacent landowner desires.
For one thing, if the adjacent landowner requests a fence then it needs to be a legal fence. (If neither neighbor cares about having a fence then there is no statutory requirement to have one).
A legal fence means it must meet the minimum criteria the established by the Iowa code.
Iowa fence law code.
What if the adjacent landowner desires, an even better fence than the Iowa fence law code has established as the minimum allowance for a legal fence? The Iowa fence law provides that all partition fences may be made tight by the party desiring it, and when that party’s portion is so completed, the adjoining landowner must follow suit. ( Iowa Code § 359A.19.) A tight fence must be “securely fastened to good substantial posts, set firmly in the ground, not more than 20 feet apart.” (Iowa Code § 359A.20 )

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A recent 2017 study says there's a new optimal time to buy airline tickets...

A recent 2017 study by Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation says there's a new optimal time to buy airline tickets. Travelers often swap theories on the right and wrong times to book a flight.

We've heard it all: The lowest fares are on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. ET. No, Wednesday at 1 a.m. is the best time to buy! You need to book at least two months before you fly. No, you should look for a deal and fly at the last minute! Websites like Kayak suggest when you should buy, or if you should wait, it's like we're all trading stocks
but in the end there's no guarantee. And according to George Hobica of AirfareWatchdog, "There is no secret time. You need to look four times a day minimum every day of the week, as far in advance as you can."

But the latest study by Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation says that 2017 "could be a banner year for travelers taking to the skies," with a new ideal time to book. Based on billions (yes, billions) of passenger flights from January 1, 2016, through October 24, 2016, the study concluded that the best day to buy airline tickets is Sunday, especially if you're booking more than 21 days in advance. Weekends are generally a good time to buy, but not Fridays, since there's an uptick then in business travel bookings. Do this and you "can save more than 30 percent to Europe and 17 percent on travel domestically," says the study.
So, if you are planning a flight...remember 21 days in advance and Sunday. It may save you some extra cash!

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A Successful Hunt At Our BC Lodge

Hunt Club clients George Rude & Jeff Cianfrocca of New Jersey had a successful hunt, at our lodge in South Western British Columbia. George & Jeff hunted the third week of September and found themselves covered up in good bulls. Our guiding territory runs 17 square miles and starts at the Washington state border and runs north up into BC Canada. We have a super healthy Elk herd as you can see by the antler mass on these Bull Elk. Our BC Canada location offers a variety of hunts including Elk, Grizzly & Black Bear, Goat, Cougar, Mule Deer and Whitetail.

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Calling All Turkey Hunters!

It's no secret that Nebraska offers the best Turkey hunting opportunities in the entire country. It’s not just that Nebraska’s got an awful lot of Turkeys, including the highly sought after Merriam’s, Nebraska offers one of the most liberal bag limits available, with up to 3 permits per hunter. Nebraska also offers plentiful and affordable $8.00 youth permits and long seasons.

Due to the over population of birds on our ranch, we are seeking Turkey hunters to help thin down the population.

Now for a limited time, the Nebraska Hunt Club is offering Turkey hunters access to our exclusive 8,500 acre ranch to hunt these marvelous birds.

The membership will allow access the entire 2017 Spring Turkey Season for one low price of $799.00 per hunter and will allow each hunter the maximum bag limit allowed by law. Youth hunters will have one low price of $199.00 and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who also has a Spring Turkey Hunt Club membership. For purposes of identifying eligibility of a youth Turkey hunter membership, the youth hunter would need to be under the age of 18 prior to Sept 1st 2017. Maximum youths per adult hunter is 2. This allows adult members to spend quality outdoor time with kids and enjoy the outdoors.

Spring Turkey Season Hunting Dates:
Spring youth archery: March 25, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Spring archery: March 25, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Spring youth shotgun: April 8, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Spring shotgun: April 15, 2017 – May 31, 2017

The property consists of over 8,000 acres, is approximately 25 minutes west of Valentine and is located in the Cherry County Sand Hills area of Nebraska. The property is nestled between the Niobrara & Snake Rivers and is home to hundreds of Turkey's.

Members are welcome to stay on the property as there is electric and running water for camping or motor homes. We have special rates for lodging in Valentine, where there is plenty of eating houses as well.
Quad and Vehicle Rentals are also available on request. Members will be given directions to the property, an access membership card, and a map with boundaries of the entire property and tips of where most of the birds are living. Go to www.wildop.com, click on the Travel Link, Click & Enter the Hunt Club Site and go to Nebraska for more membership details.

Anyone interested is urged to e-mail the Nebraska Hunt Club at info@wildop.com There will be a limited amount of members allowed access to this exclusive offer.

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Chama New Mexico Openings for Elk

The Hunt Club still has some openings for Rifle or Bow hunts in the famous Chama New Mexico area for trophy Elk. This is one of the few trophy Elks hunts offered at a bargain price for under $6,500.00. If you are looking for a trophy bull Elk, then this very well may be the place you've been looking for. The ranch is nestled in the higher elevations and is a favorite wintering place for Elk. The Elk season runs through December.

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Colorado Draw Closes Today April 5th

Colorado draw closes today April 5th 2016. Although some areas of Colorado are "over the counter" for Elk, Colorado has some great opportunities for color phased black bears and Mule Deer. If you are thinking of Colorado for Mule Deer in the future, at least get a point to increase your odds in the draw.
Our 7,000 acre ranch just outside of Steamboat Springs is an over the counter tag unit for Elk, so if your thinking of an archery, muzzle loader or even rifle for Elk in 2016, we can absolutely accommodate you and your buddies.

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Colorado Elk Camp Looks to be Promising

Our 15,000 acre Colorado Ranch is located just outside of Steamboat Springs. We have trail cameras set up on known travel routes and watering holes and here is just one of hundreds of cool photos we've been getting. Our new property looks like is will be a winner with our Hunt Club clients this season! Our first two hunters tagged out on the first day of their hunt. The Hunt Club is offering high quality Elk, Mule Deer and Black Bear hunts in Colorado at below market prices.

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Colorado Elk Hunt

Our new 15,000 acre Colorado ranch, located just outside of Oak Creek and about 20 minutes from Steamboat, proved to be infested with Elk. The property is nestled in the famous Colorado unit 15, known for its high concentration of Elk herds. We saw plenty of good Bulls, a few over 320" and another hunter harvested one over 337". We are excited to get back there next season and set our goals a little higher. This hunt is sure please any hunter with expectations of taking a Bull between 300" to 350".

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Come for Merriam's...The Hunt Club Nebraska

Excitement is growing -- spring archery season opens March 25, while shotgun starts April 15. Are you ready? If you're planning a hunt in Nebraska, you have every reason to be excited, and this video lists just a few of those reasons, including $8 youth permits and long seasons. Share this video with a friend! Full Season Bird membership available from $799 and Junior for only $199!

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Field Producers in Iowa

Field Producer Ben Helwig and Cameraman Joey "Bass" are laying down some awesome close up footage of Iowa giants. The rut is in full swing and the Wild OP Pro Staff is right in middle of the action. This is Ben Helwig's first time in front of the camera in Iowa with his first drawn Iowa bow tag. The Team has been battling harsh weather conditions including unusual amounts of rain for this time of year. The hunting is challenging, but the crew is keeping a positive attitude as fair weather is on it's way. The Pro Staff crew is also setting stands and blinds for Hunt Club members who will be arriving in December to hunt the shot gun seasons. Iowa is probably one of the best known and consistent big whitetail producing states in the country. Our properties are located in the south eastern quadrant and the area is home for many hunting celebrities.

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Iowa Archery Season Opens

October 1st sparks the opening of the anticipated Iowa archery season. In 2013 it didn't take our good friend, Chip Hughes, long to fill his Iowa tag. This impressive 160" class whitetail walked into Chip's sites at 10 yards on the first day of his hunt. For non residents, getting an archery tag is a long awaited dream with archery permits taking up to 4 years to draw. Iowa holds some of the best managed and mature whitetail populations in the world. This season, the Wildlife Outdoor Production Team will be in Iowa to film the archery and shotgun seasons. Stay tuned for the results.

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Iowa Draw Opens May 2016

NONRESIDENT DEER APPLICATION OPENS THIS WEEKEND SATURDAY MAY 7TH 6AM CST

Nonresidents may apply for a 2016 Iowa deer hunting license beginning 6 a.m. CST on Saturday, May 7th. The application period runs through midnight on Sunday, June 5th, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to visit Iowa’s nonresident hunting page to view the application guide, season dates, zone map, drawing statistics and pricing information before submitting their application.
Hunters may apply online or by calling toll free at 1-800-367-1188. Application results will be available online at www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/NonresidentHunting the first or second week in July.

PREFERENCE POINTS ON SALE

Hunters who choose not to apply for a 2016 nonresident deer license are eligible to purchase a preference point to increase their odds in future drawings. Preference points are $50 each, plus application fees. Points are only sold during the May 7th-June 2nd application period and the limit is one point per hunter per year. If you have purchased preference points in the past, you can log into your online account to see the number of points on your record.
Remember, all of the Hunt Club properties are located in the famous VanBuren County Zone 6.

KEY NOTES TO CONSIDER

It takes an average of 3 points to draw an archery tag. So, you should draw a zone 6 archery tag every third year.
Your chances of drawing a shot gun or muzzle loader tag are better than 80% every year. Most members book a gun hunt first to get a feel of the properties and quality of game before banking points for an archery hunt. If you are hunting with a buddy or group, you can apply as such so that if one draws, you all draw and visa versa.
Good Luck!

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Kansas Draw Opened April 2016

Kansas is a great state for hunting big mature whitetails. Our hunting grounds cover units 5, 6, 15 & 16 and are located about an hour west of Wichita Kansas. You have the entire month of April to apply and your chances are 99% on drawing a tag. We have 2 weeks available in September for Muzzle Loader, our Archery hunts run from the end of October through November followed by the rifle season. Hunts start at only $3,000 for pre-rut archery.

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Nebraska Proves to be a Big Buck State

Our 8,000 acre Nebraska ranch has proven to be a breeding ground for big bucks. Back in 2012-2013 Nebraska estimated they lost up to 80% of their deer herd to an EHD outbreak that devastated the Whitetail and Mule Deer population. Since then the deer herds have been on the rebound with great results.

Most of the deer spotted were in the 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 year old range with unbelievable genetics. Some 1-1/2 year old deer were sporting small first year horn growth with 8 and 10 point racks...some with stickers and kickers already forming, so the upcoming years look very promising for trophy deer. A handful of 3-1/2 to 5-1/2 year old deer were caught on camera, along with multiple shed finds from last season, is proof that not all deer were effected by the plague from a few years back. The Mule Deer herd also seems to be thriving, but the doe to buck ratio seems to be a bit off with roughly a 5 doe to 1 buck ratio. Future plans will include a Mule Deer Doe harvest to help balance the Mule Deer herd. We are estimating that 2017 - 2018 should yield an awesome trophy class Whitetail harvest.

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