Thank you for your interest in HAMILTON HILLS LODGE. At HAMILTON HILLS we feel that through the years we have developed an outstanding whitetail deer herd, and can offer some of the finest hunting in the Southeast. HAMILTON HILLS LODGE is located in Alabama’s fertile Prairie soil region in Dallas and Wilcox Counties, 55 miles southwest of Montgomery, 25 miles east of Camden, and 30 miles south of Selma. Camden and Selma have airfields suitable for small private planes, and Montgomery is serviced by commercial airlines. Transportation to and from airports can be arranged for an extra fee. Hamilton Hills is a family owned cattle ranch with wooded hills, valleys, and creek bottoms. Prior to 1986, this property was hunted by family and friends only. 1986 was the first year it was open to the public.
Whitetail deer numbers in this section of the state first became huntable around 1970. We began intense management of our deer herd in the mid 70?s. From 1976-86 we maintained a doe harvest to keep the population at optimum levels and to keep the buck: doe ratio in balance. In 1986 we enrolled in the Alabama Department of Conservation Game and Fish Division’s “Co-operative Deer Management Program”. We have participated in this program each year through the present day. Under this program, our biologist determines how many doe tags we need to fill each season. This limited number of doe tags can be filled anytime during the regular antlered buck season. Alabama law allows the harvest of 3 bucks per season. Most hunting lodges in Alabama have additional restrictions on bucks you are allowed to harvest such as 8 point or better and spread outside the ears. We have the “Hamilton Hills Slot Limit”. Under the “Hamilton Hills Slot Limit” our hunters are allowed to harvest 3, 4, and 5 point bucks, mature(3 1/2 year and older) bucks, and of course does. You are not allowed to shoot spikes or 2 1/2-year-old 6, 7, and 8 point bucks. In Alabama, university research has shown spike bucks are almost always immature (1 1/2 year old). The “Hamilton Hills Slot Limit” protects these immature (1 1/2-year-old) spike bucks along with the 2 1/2-year-old 6, 7, and 8 point bucks. We allow these 2 1/2-year-old bucks to reach 3 1/2(and many make 4 1/2 and 5 1/2) before they are killed. These mature bucks breed does passing their superior genetics on to the next generation. How do you determine what 2 1/2-year-old 6, 7, and 8 point bucks look like? When you arrive for your hunt we show you examples of racks from 2 1/2-year-old 6, 7, and 8 point bucks along with 3 1/2 and older bucks. The differences are obvious as the 2 1/2?s have smaller bases and overall much less mass than the older bucks. And of course, the 2 1/2?s have smaller bodies (120-150 lbs.) as compared to 3 1/2 and older bucks(150-200+lbs.). We do not charge fines for mistakes. If a spike or a 2 1/2-year-old 6, 7, or 8 point is killed by mistake, we keep the antlers and the meat as a penalty; however, again we do not charge a fine.
There are many aspects, other than just management of herd numbers, that come under the overall heading of management at Hamilton Hills. We plant cereal grains for winter forage and nutrition. Next, we plant perennial clovers and chicory which are excellent year-round forages, high in protein. These are especially important in antler development during the spring and summer months. These forages along with our grass/clover/legume mix pastureland, free choice mineral supplement, and thinning and burning of timberland, give us: (1) increased herd numbers (through increased carrying capacity), (2) increased body weights, and (3) increased antler development. If you are seriously considering Southeastern whitetail deer hunting, we think you should seriously consider HAMILTON HILLS LODGE. We feel the condition of our deer herd, hunting facilities, guide experience, and individual attention will enhance your chances of having a hunting experience that will not soon be forgotten.