Bucks with 8 points or less must be at least 4 years old.
Bucks with 9 points or more must be at least 5 yrs old.
Bow Exception – ANY AGE deer scoring over 145”.
Gun Exception – ANY AGE deer scoring over 160”.
From when Giles Island was purchased, the land has been intensely managed with a single goal in mind: “To Produce Trophy Whitetail Bucks.” Though we have succeeded in meeting our goal, we are constantly working to improve the potential for our whitetail herd. At Giles Island, we have created the ideal scenario that most hunting clubs covet – we are shooting age class instead of a minimum number of points, spread, or score. As a result of our continuous work to enhance the herd, our buck-to-doe ratio at Giles Island has become better than one-to-one and our average score has improved from 120 to 145 inches. Our average trophy bucks score in the mid-140’s, with our most impressive buck scoring 248 inches. As we continue to enhance the environment and habitat for the deer herd at Giles Island, we adhere to a set of guidelines that protect our growing bucks until they reach maturity. This is a mandatory fully guided hunt. Per each three-day hunt, each hunter has the opportunity to harvest one trophy buck and one management buck.
Trophy Buck – A buck that meets the shooter requirements and scores 125 inches or greater.
Management Buck – A buck that meets the shooter requirements and scores less than 125 inches.
Each deer hunt must be fully guided as the guides will instruct you on which bucks are legal to shoot. Your mandatory guide will also videotape your hunts. A $5,000 fee will be assessed to any hunter that shoots a buck without the explicit permission from the guide.
Double Book - Double Buck Policy
Anyone that books two 3-day hunts has the opportunity to harvest two trophy bucks. You may shoot one on each hunt, two on the first hunt, or two on the second hunt – shoot them while the hunting is good. The hunts do not have to be consecutive. Example: if you book a bow hunt in October and a gun hunt in January, then you may shoot both your bucks with a bow in October or one with a gun and one with a bow in January. Also, if you happen to take both bucks in October, you can continue your hunt in January for a third buck, which will cost the price of the hunt only after you harvest him.
Doe Harvest Does can be shot one per person per hunt until the quota set by management is reached. We do not harvest does on or around our food plots.
Rebook Policy If a hunter does not kill a trophy buck, he/she may rebook for half price on any available dates within the same season. There are no guarantees that dates to rebook will be available.
DON’T SHOOT LIST- JUDGED BY MANAGEMENT ONLY
The DON’T SHOOT LIST – A few young deer (under 5 yrs. of age) that might technically meet the shooter requirements but we believe they have great genetic potential and have been designated off limits. We do not shoot half rack bucks, bucks with broken beams, or with broken G2's or G3's.
Guideless Shooter Requirements - In the rare event that we do not have enough guides for each hunter the following rules apply:
We will draw to determine which hunter will hunt without a guide. This drawing will occur for each session of the hunt. 8 points or less must have minimum 16 inches inside spread. Bow or Gun. 9 points or more. Bow - Minimum 145" gross score. Gun - Minimum 160" gross score. $5,000 fine applied to all illegal bucks taken.