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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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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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Wildop Films In Land of Oz

The Wildlife OP Film Crew is once again in the Land of OZ. They are laying down all the b-roll film to to put a story together for a Kansas whitetail show. The team films street signs, landscapes, wildlife, culture and time lapses as shown here. Kansas always yields great photography and awesome film shots due the the flatness of the land. The skies continually burst with colors and clouds that make interesting and captivating film for viewers. Kansas is one of the top mid west states to harvest big mature whitetails.

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Wildop Experiments With Food Plot Mixes

The pro-staff at Wildlife Outdoor Productions has been experimenting with food plot mixes for the last 3 years. This particular Brassica plot was planted in the second week of July, smack in the middle of a drought. The seed mixture includes turnips, radishes along with many other fall and winter food supplies for deer. This food plot is a great food source, for late fall into the harsh winter months, when food supplies are needed most for mature bucks after the rut. One of the unique features is that this seed mix has grown with less than 1" of rain this season and is proven to be drought tolerant. This is an important factor in holding deer herds on your property, especially in a poor growing season, not to mention the deer you will be pulling off your neighbors properties. Plans in the near future are to market the mixture for the retail market.

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Wildop Teams Up With Roush Performance

WildOP Media Group has combined forces with Roush Performance to produce unique social media and TV commercial spots for Roush’s high performance Ford F150 pick up and Mustang. Roush manufactures high performance, street legal vehicles, with horsepower options at over 700 horse power. Several parts of the film was produced in Madison and Sparta,NJ. The WildOP team chose an abandoned warehouse in Madison, where they incorporated big production film tricks like smoke machines, special effects lighting and even incorporated a drone helicopter equipped with HD/4K video camera for some of the specialty aerial shots.
This Wild OP crew is no new comer to the industry. They have filmed and produced multiple TV shows that aired in the US and Canada including TV commercial spots for many well known clients. The purpose of this production is to promote Roush engineered vehicles to the general public through social media and TV.

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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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