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2019 State of the Empire

January 07, 2019

Happy New Year! I hope everybody had a merry Christmas and has had a wonderful start to 2019. This marks our 22nd year in business! We have been creating lifetime memories since 1998! Thank you to our wonderful, unique, and very special group of customers through whom we have created the Red Bluff experience. It has been a couple of years since I have written a State of The Empire Address. I hope to share some insight into our operation with some of the statistics and indicators I have been looking at for the past 21 years to assess the success of the various seasons/species which we hunt.

We hunted a total of 617 man days for deer season and took 258 shots resulting in the harvest of 197 deer. Kody and Buddy trailed 95 deer and found 37. Kody is up to 412 animals found and Buddy is at 30. Of the 197 deer, 120 were antlered and 58 were antlerless. Our customers killed 14 first deer, 2 first bucks, and 9 personal bests. Thirty-three percent (33%) of our antlered harvest consisted of adult bucks (2.5 years +) and of these adults, fourty-four percent (44%) had antler spreads of 15"+. For hogs, we killed 97 with 129 shots. The dogs trailed 6 of these and found 2. Customers killed 19 first hogs and 2 personal bests. Thirty of the hogs weighed 150#+ and 9 of these weighed 200#+. Turkey hunters killed 4 first turkeys, and 2 personal bests. Of the 13 alligators harvested, ALL 13 were first alligators. Three of these alligators measured 10'+!

For the upcoming year, things look great. The turkeys are already gobbling and the hens are out in the green fields. Hogs are at every feeder and we had some magnificent bucks that survived the season. We have strived to create a quality experience and look forward to another year of creating lifetime memories! Thank you for business and continued support. I look forward to your return trip.

Red Bluff Lodge

130 Boone Trail Allendale, SC 29810
Office: 803.584.7363 / Mobile: 803.300.1179

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