“I’ve seen adrenaline poisoning before, but his case was both acute and infectious. Amid the strong smell of hog, dogs and human sweat, he turned, grinned, and practically bellowed: “Man, this is the best hunt I’ve ever been on. This is AWESOME!”
— Excerpt from an article by Mike Handley, Editor of Rack Magazine regarding his hunting adventures at Dixie Sportsman’s Hunting Lodge Entitled “Silence of the Hams” Face to Snout with the King of Florida’s Big Game Trophies
What is “Exotic Game”? “Exotic Game” is introduced deer, antelope, sheep, and goats from other continents, released onto fenced properties in the United States. This does not include any members of the cat family.
At Dixie Sportsman’s Hunting Lodge, we encourage you to arrive the night before your hunt so you can enjoy all we have to offer. Arrive in time to take a tour of the ranch upon one of our huge swamp buggies. Unpack, relax and have a good dinner before tomorrow’s events.
Our guides will outline the hunt strategy so you will feel comfortable with your approaching hunt. Safety is always the rule here. Please become familiar with your weapon of choice prior to the hunt. Rifle, handgun or archery may be used. We have an excellent range where you are encouraged to practice your shooting or archery skills if you feel the need. When the time comes to harvest your trophy, you don’t want to hesitate.
Exotic game may be hunted safari-style from one of our huge swamp buggies, from tree stands, or from ground blinds.
If you choose safari-style, your guide will navigate the preserve in search of your trophy. All the game is “free roaming” throughout the preserve, so we must maintain caution whenever disembarking from vehicles to stalk your trophy from the ground. Your guide will be with you at all times.
If you choose to hunt from a tree stand or ground blind, your guide will transport you to-and-from the location he feels you will have the best opportunity to take a trophy animal.
Domestic game includes the American Bison, Florida Whitetail Deer and Trophy Boar (please see “Hunting For Trophy Hogs” to learn more).
Exotic game includes Aoudad (“Barbary Sheep”), Axis Deer, Blackbuck Antelope, Eland (antelope), Fallow Deer, Four-Horned Ram, Gemsbok (antelope), Rams and Goats, Scimitar Horned Oryx (antelope), Sika Deer, Waterbuck (antelope), Water Buffalo, Watusi, and Wildebeest (antelope).
All Antelope game may be hunted year-round along with American Bison, all Rams and Goats, Water Buffalo, Watusi, and Axis Deer whose hard-horn season varies with each animal. All other Deer hunting is seasonal beginning in the fall and ending around March.
Our guides will outline the hunt strategy so you will feel comfortable with your approaching hunt. Safety is always the rule here. Please become familiar with your weapon of choice prior to the hunt. Rifle, handgun or archery may be used. We have an excellent range where you are encouraged to practice your shooting or archery skills if you feel the need. When the time comes to “take ‘em”, you don’t want to hesitate.
It’s a knee-knocking, heart-pounding, hands-sweating heck of an awesome time! Just remember to breathe!