On a guided hunt, our guest are taken to their stands before daylight by an experienced guide and picked up around 10:00AM. After a lunch, the hunters will be taken back to their stands until dark. Handling the kill is included in a guided hunt. The deer will be dressed and quartered. Packaging and shipping is the hunter's responsibility. We have a cooler on the premises.
Hunters have the option of hunting our 5,000 acre trophy management which consists of three miles of river bottom, crop fields, swamp, and hardwood ridges along the Roanoke River. In this area bucks with a minimum 15 inch outside spread or mature does may be harvested.
Our county law requires hunters to be elevated 8 feet when firing a rifle. Our guests have a variety of stand locations to choose from. We have tripod stands, tower stands, and ladder tree stands selectively placed over peanut, corn and soybean fields as well as pasture land, standing timber and logging trails over fall and winter food plots. In addition, many of our stands are baited with corn, with an average of around 2,000lbs. a week being fed. Shooting distances range from five yards to three hundred yards. We also have portable stands available and welcome our guests to bring their own. There is a shooting range on the premises. Our deer guides have years of experience hunting throughout the southeast including Texas, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee. We also have a trained blood trailing dog on duty.
All hunters must have a valid North Carolina Hunting License. Out of State Licenses are $80.00. This includes a big game stamp with six deer tags. Licenses can be purchased locally, or at Wal-Mart off exit 173 in Roanoke Rapids, or by phone in advance by calling NCWRC at (919) 715-4091. An old license, home state license, or hunter safety card is needed to purchase a license. All North Carolina Game Laws apply. Occoneechee Lodge imposes a $50.00 fine for shooting a button Buck. This enables us to better manage our herd for trophy bucks. We also have a $300.00 fine for any illegal deer kill.