Tag Archives: Oklahoma

Wild Cat Springs…Where The Deer And Buffalo Roam And You Can Play

The interview with Jarrett Williamson, Manager of Wildcat Springs Ranch began like any other minus the Zebras.
Wildcat Springs Ranch is a hunting ranch located just south of Fittstown, Okla., a geographic area of the state known for it’s rocky terrain, crystal clear springs, and it’s quality and quantity of wild game to hunt.  It was late September, but the morning was still cool and there was game running everywhere, which as a hunter, made it hard to focus on the task at hand.  As ranch manager, Williamson is accustom to giving ranch tours, servicing clients, and ensuring the best possible trip to the ranch as possible.  Williamson was content to drive around the huge property all day discussing his passion for guiding and hunting, but I wasn’t there to sight see.  I wanted to find out what made this high-fence hunting paradise different from all the rest, and that’s exactly what I found out after touring the rustic terrain that made up the expansive landscape of the ranch.
The ranch sign which reads, “Billy D. Howell’s Wildcat Springs Ranch” resembles many iron constructed ranch gates, but as the gate opened, and I drove towards the ranch lodge I realized this gate was an entrance to an entirely different type of ranch.  It was late in the morning and yet there were whitetail deer on the move just within a few hundred yards of the gate.  Needless to say I couldn’t wait to see what
else this hidden gem had to offer.
Tucked away in the eastern part of the Arbuckle Mountains, Wildcat Springs offers almost 8,000 acres of prime hunting and fishing land that is fueled by an endless aquifer that supports the wildlife of the ranch.  It’s private and secluded, yet it’s just short drive from two major cities, Dallas and Oklahoma City.  Steep hills and expansive views can be expected as can quality game animals like elk, buffalo, deer, hog, turkey, Aoudad sheep, and other exotics.  The wide range of game animals are managed year round by a full-time staff of seven employees in order to provide hunters the highest quality of trophy animals available.  The ranch also features spring fed lakes stocked with bass, crappie, catfish, and even walleye.  One of the bigger watersheds is an impressive 40 feet deep in places.  At Wildcat Springs Ranch guests create custom hunts to fit their preferences and budgets, but regardless the hunt, it’s always an experience to remember.
Hunting
One of the things that makes this hunting ranch stand out from others is the surprising low amount of hunting pressure it has.  Wildcat Spring would exist as is, without serving  a single hunting client.  That being said there’s anywhere from 60 – 80 clients that hunt each year.  The fully guided hunting trips offer a variety of tactics and methods of hunting.  You can hunt from a heated blinds or spot and stalk more elusive game like the Aoudad sheep.  With over 35 miles of high fencing there is a hunt that can be tailored for everyone.  In addition to your hunt there is on site processing and taxidermist available for your trophy.
Fishing
Guests looking to get away and spend the day on the water while catching truly big fish have found the right place with this ranch.  The trophy fishing lakes are complete with fishing docks and boat ramps, and vary in size and types of fish offered.  The water and underground springs are one of the more interesting features about this ranch.  The Arbuckle Aquifer has been a topic of much debate in recent years, and one can easily see why when fishing on such quality waters as what is available on this ranch.
Lodging
Excellent lodging and accommodations are what you’ll have after a full day of being outdoors.  Speaking from experience, clean and comfortable accommodations can make or break a hunt.  When you spend long hours outside, a good place to regenerate is always a plus.  Guests at Wildcat springs can take full advantage of  the luxurious  4,000 square foot lodge, featuring a master bedroom, 3 private rooms and two bed/bunk rooms.
The lodge can  accommodate 12 guests at a time. There are a variety of leisurely comforts around the lodge including an on-site chef, coffee bar, poker and pool tables, sitting areas, outdoor hot tub, and much more. The entertainment pavilion is equipped with restrooms, showers, full kitchen, and built-in wood burning grill.
Other Options
Those who don’t enjoy the thrill of the hunt or the excitement of catching a largemouth bass can request nature watching tours or a relaxing weekend at the lodge.  The ranch is also a great place to host company picnics.
8,000 acres would be hard to manage without the use of serious equipment.  The ranch utilizes a variety of equipment.  From skid steers, to UTVs, and even machines for building and maintaining roads, Wildcat Springs takes full advantage of equipment in their operation.
Before heading out to explore the ranch further we passed an old Kubota, which, at first glance appeared to be sitting idle, but Williamson quickly referred to the late model Kubota as “ole reliable,” and Williamson should know as he is no stranger to benefits of good equipment.  He has years of experience operating and maintaining equipment, and when asked what he liked best about the Kubotas they use at Wildcat Springs Ranch Williamson said this:
“Everything is right there where you can get to it.  They are easy to operate, but most of all they are reliable tractors.  We use a lot of different machines out here but we can always count on the Kubotas.”
After touring several large bottoms and passing multiple lakes we began to make our accent towards an elevated part of the ranch where the buffalo roam.  We pulled up to a Kubota M9960 hard at work discing up a rocky field to prepare a food plot.  This year alone, Williamson and his team will plant over 650 acres of food plots.  They plant a variety of seed but the main seed planted is one developed by the National Wild Turkey Federation.
There are a lot of different things that make this ranch special, but when you break it all down, its really about the thrill of the hunt.  So when I asked Williamson what hunt provides clients with the best overall experience, Williamson could only talk about the buffalo.  Their size alone make them a difficult animal to hunt, and with options ranging from trophy bulls, to meat cows, hunters have different choices and methods to hunt them.  The meat alone would be a reason for me to hunt them.  There something about this animal that ties it with our nation’s wild past.  They are the very hide of the American West’s history.  From Native Americans, to the expansion of the railways, the American Bison has always been a symbolic animal of wild America.  Native Americans wasted no part of this huge animal, and if given the chance I would do the same.  The trophy, meat, even the hide could all still serve a purpose to the modern hunter.  Williamson enjoys guiding these hunts because he feels they provide clients with much more than just a thrilling hunt.
“Our buffalo hunts offer the most bang for your buck.  You couldn’t buy as much beef as what it costs to harvest our buffalo, plus you get a trophy of a lifetime.  Last year I guided a buffalo hunt where, after being shot, the bull charged several times.  It was thrilling and rewarding to both myself and the client.”
Wildcat Springs Ranch is a great destination for any outdoorsman. Whether it’s friends looking to experience the hunt of a lifetime, or groups needing a get-a-way that offers top-notch hospitality with plenty of adventure, this unique ranch has it all!  For more information about the amenities and services of Wildcat Springs call Jarrett Williamson at (580) 235-7599.

The Extra Mile – Kubota Tractor Corporation Puts Engineers In The Field To Ensure Quality

The Extra Mile was written by Reed Boettcher in the Summer 2016 issue of Great Plains living

     When hay season started ramping up, Kubota answered the call.  With the assistance of dedicated Great Plains Kubota customers, along with Miki Kuronuma, Shingo Hanada, and Dave Palmer, GP took to the hay fields to get constructive feedback from Kubota baler customers.  This isn’t a new practice for the Kubota hay tool team though.  They reached out last season as well, however this, the rural Duncan area, was new territory for the team.  Kuronuma of KTC’s Machinery/Business development group along with Hanada, GM of Tractor and Utility Planning Sales and Promotion, and finally Palmer, Sr. Product Manager of Hay tools have invested their time and resources to ensure Kubota’s hay line exceeds customer expectations.
Just north of Duncan you’ll find Marlow, Okla.  Here, a custom baling operation owned by Clyde Harms Sr., his son Clyde Harms Jr., and partner Tom Heinrich puts Kubota equipment to the test on a daily basis.  As committed GP customers, they own and operate several Kubota tractors, disc mower conditioners, and balers.  This baling operation’s passion for Kubota equipment sparked KTC’s interest in garnering feedback by allowing Harms’s operation to test a new baler.  This season, at the risk of their own profits, Harms and company have agreed to use Kubota’s new BV4580 prototype this hay season.  Likewise, Kubota has technicians on call if the experimental 5X6 baler should have any issues.  Kuronuma, explained further why Kubota was going to such great lengths for their equipment and customer base.
“Kubota is deeply committed to quality and customer satisfaction, and while we are relatively new to the hay tool market we are pulling all the stops to ensure our hay equipment is as reliable, if not more than any other manufacturer.  We strenuously test our equipment, then send engineers like myself into the fields with prototypes.  We have 15 prototype balers in the central division ranging from San Antonio all the way to North Dakota.  We are dedicated to our equipment, and take these extra steps to ensure our hard work is not wasted.”
The Kubota hay tool team later visited Dan Wright’s cow calf farm near Loco, Okla. to gain further insight on the BV4180 Premium, which Wright purchased last year.  Wright had this to say about his Kubota baler.
“Overall, I was very impressed with my Kubota baler.  It makes really tight bales, and it seems like you can’t plug it up.  The more hay you feed it, the better it works,” said Wright.
Spending time with vendors and customers is never wasted at Great Plains Kubota.  The time spent in the field proves to us that as a dealership we can rely on Kubota to deliver a product we can stand behind, and offer a reliable way for customers to make a profit.

For More Information About Kubota Balers visit www.greatplainskubota.com or for more stories like this visit www.greatplainsliving.com

Operation Allen Angus

By Reed Boettcher (Originally Published in the 2016 Summer Issue of Great Plains living)

There’s nothing covert about the operation at Allen Angus Ranch.  The ranch’s dedication to providing quality cattle to the commercial cowman is backed by superior genetics and forage. Through improvements and utilization of resources, Allen Angus is streamlining it’s operation to increase productivity and higher profits for their customers.
Vertical integration was the goal of Greg Spears, co-owner and Operations Manager of Allen Angus, when he purchased the 5200 acre ranch in 2014.  As owner of the Texas based FMC Feeds & Supply, which is managed by Kelley Adair, Spears decided to get into the cattle industry to better understand his customers and to fulfill his wife Kathy’s childhood dream of owning a cattle ranch.  Kathy and Greg have been business partners for 25 plus years.  As a CPA graduate from Texas Tech, she is a major contributor and the “soul” of the Spears enterprises.  First, Greg and Kathy started Scenic Point Land & Cattle in Young county Texas.  As this operation began to take off, they started looking for ways to raise more cattle with less acres.  When an opportunity arose in Allen Okla., Spears, along with business partners Jack Little and Randy Cantin, recognized the land’s potential and made the decision to purchase what is now Allen Angus.  There was a lot of work to be done to bring the ranch up to speed, but with the advice of several entities Spears quickly made ranch improvements that are increasing production.
Customer service is important for any retail business, and understanding the wants and needs of customers is at the core of service.  By purchasing the ranch north of Allen, Okla. Spears and his partners have literally put themselves in their customer’s shoes.  It would have been simple enough to research his target audience, but for Spears, becoming a customer himself not only strengthened his Texas based feed store, but streamlined his entire business operations as well.
First and foremost, Allen Angus is in the forage raising business.  Spears commented on the importance of good forage for the ranch.
“We are blessed to have the opportunity to be stewards of this ranch, but there have been some challenges.  When we took over and started Allen Angus there were a lot of forage improvements that needed to be done. This is where good equipment comes into play.  If you have a tractor that won’t start, or a baler that won’t bale, or swather that won’t swath, you can’t effectively produce the forage you need to improve production.  We decided to buy local and went with Great Plains Kubota because they’re cattle people and farmers.  Like us, they understand the importance of our windows of opportunity.  Thus far GP has been responsive.  In the Ag business, I view the service provider and service purchaser as best friends.  Nobody can make you madder than your best friend, but in the end it’s almost unconditional, because you both have something invested.  Great Plains has invested in Allen Angus, and likewise us with them,” Spears stated.
Since the purchase of the Allen ranch in 2014, the lands’ productivity has come a long way.  It has flourished over the last few years which Spears contributes to good management and advice from outside sources such as the Noble Foundation, and Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch.
Ranch Manager James McWilliams has been with Allen Angus since the purchase, and he brings 14 plus years of experience from a Missouri ranch to the Allen operation.  It’s the sound management and employees of Allen Angus, FMC Feeds, and Scenic Point Ranch that help streamline the entire operation.
The Noble Foundation has also been instrumental, and has helped set the pace for everything Allen Angus does.  Hugh Aljoe with the Foundation has been a huge help, both with the cattle and with improving grass.  Before purchasing, Spears met with the Foundation to get an idea on the Ranch’s potential, and what expectations Spears and his partners should have.  Mark Gardiner, of Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kansas, not only provided 100% of the Allen Angus genetics, but has given unmatched sound advice. Much like the Noble Foundation, Gardiner has been a critical part of the start up and growth of Allen Angus. As a business owner, Spears understands good vendors, such as Kubota, can also play a vital role in the ranch’s success.
The Allen Angus mission is to raise known genetic cattle of the highest quality that is affordable and profitable to the common cowman.  Their goal of raising the same quality cattle as registered Angus is obtained by using Method Genetics which test the known genetics of all their bulls and heifers.  There are three points of production they focus on; carcass yield, grade, and performance.  Allen Angus Ranch provides profit proven breeding stock to the commercial producer for a value that helps secure long term viability.  Their cattle are raised on grass range with low stress handling methods.  Allen Angus offers calving ease Angus bulls, yearling bulls, cow bulls, semen, pairs, replacement females, open heifers, and bred heifers.  The 5200 acre ranch is divided into three sections which house 1160 “Momma” Cows, 27 sire bulls, 120 development Bulls, 140 “AI” heifers, and 600 calves.  Allen Angus closely follows the protocol set by Gardiner.  The genetics are present, and it’s up to Spears and ranch employees to give their cattle the husbandry needed to develop to full potential.  Quality genetics, given proper husbandry, provides this ample growth and development.  Method Genetics, and the other practices mention all create a better paycheck for the cowman.  As mentioned early forage is primary at Allen Angus.  Some of the crops raised are; Midland, Bermuda grass, five pastures of native grasses such as love grass and blue stem, along with vetch, and clover.  Since their start, they’ve been no-tilling 700-1000 acres, which has increased forage for the winter.  Spears elaborated further on the importance of quality forage.
“At Allen Angus we invest in components that will make more money for the commercial cowman.  We invest in forage and the quality of our herd…period.  We put money into things that add value.  At first, we were focusing on repairing the forage and ground to ensure a good future.  Our future is with forage, both quality and quantity.  We will continue to improve the land and upgrade cattle so that we can continue to make our customers a profit.”
Allen Angus Ranch is a doorway that leads to good genetics for the commercial cowman.  Through sound forage practices, research, and efficient equipment, Allen Angus develops a profitable product at an affordable price.  Those dedicated to the ranch are staying the course, and investing in their labor of love to insure growth and a sustainable future.  Some people are betting against the ranch’s success, but Allen Angus will stay the course.  It’s only been two years after all, and look how much they’ve accomplished.

For more information about Kubota equipment visit www.greatplainskubota.com

We Are Great Plains Kubota

We’ve asked our customers to ride with the brand.  We’ve now become “The Brand That Works For You.”  At Great Plains we operate beyond the boundaries of our slogans and brand statements because our actions speak louder than our words.  The GP Kubota mission is to provide quality equipment solutions while conducting business in a manner that honors and respects God, our employees, our customers, our suppliers, and the communities we serve.
It’s our job to understand the work of our customers.  It’s our responsibility to represent Kubota and our other equipment vendors with integrity.  It’s our duty to stand by our products and our customers. We don’t always have the answers, but we don’t stop until we’ve found the right solution.  Beyond the solutions Great Plains offers, customers will experience a friendly and helpful shopping environment.  If it’s not right, it’s on us.  That’s as simple as it gets, and is exactly what we promise.  From showroom floor to field, our promise, combined with a clean and professional environment, takes GP services beyond the sale.  It doesn’t matter if it’s two or 20 years, every time a customer operates equipment purchased from us, they’re doing business with Great Plains.
What makes Great Plains Kubota different from other equipment dealerships?  A solid foundation built by honest, hard-working ownership and management supports all aspects of GP operations.  GP leadership makes our business more than a tractor dealership;  they’ve created an oasis in a desert of work.  Our full-line Kubota dealerships in Ada, Duncan, Edmond, and Shawnee will quench customers’ thirst for productivity.  Great Plains Kubota is a diverse group of friendly employees, trained to operate as a unified resource that strives to earn every customers’ business.  The privilege to serve customers does not come automatically; the privilege is earned by the daily diligence of our employees.
Great Plains Kubota is comprised of people that, like you, know the value of quality equipment.  We are farmers, ranchers, pastors, leaders, gardeners, hunters, builders, fishermen, cooks, and auctioneers.   We’re friends of the family and stewards of the land.  We are “The Brand That Works For You.”
What we offer is more than equipment sales, service, parts, and rentals.  We offer the means to achieve dreams and goals.  We offer a hard to find promise: We will work for you every step of the way.  As we continue to grow we will continue to improve and refine our operations.
What it all boils down to is this – many places offer equipment, furthermore there’s lot of places that offer Kubota equipment.  It’s the service and satisfaction you’ll get at any Great Plains Kubota dealership that makes all the difference.  We are many different things, but most of all, we are Great Plains Kubota.

For more information about Great Plains Kubota visit www.gpkubota.com

Great Plains Edmond – A Kubota Benchmark

With the opening of Great Plains Edmond came a whole new level of growth and opportunity for Great Plains Kubota.  It also meant a whole new level of responsibility.  The high profile location of Great Plains Edmond on I-35 and in a metropolitan area, meant that the new dealership must continue to positively represent Kubota Tractor Corporation in every aspect.  From their founding principals, to the functionality of their sales, service, parts, and rental departments  Great Plains Kubota has strived to be a model dealership for Kubota Tractor Corporation.
Recently Kubota has recognized Great Plains Kubota as a premier dealership, and with the services of Bob Clements of Bob Clements International, Kubota will be featuring the Edmond dealership as a benchmark dealership for training purposes.  As an industry leader in helping agricultural and other dealerships improve profitability and efficiency, Bob Clements is working closely with Kubota and its Dealer Development Group to improve Kubota dealerships throughout the nation.  Clements currently works with over 200 various dealerships in the U.S., and both he and Kubota agreed that Great Plains Edmond would be the model dealership to be featured in its turf market dealer training videos.
The group is focusing on the turf market, and its goal is to help define the best practices among its turf dealer networks.  Clements shot footage at Great Plains Edmond for several different videos that would feature the important aspects of the sales, service, and parts departments.  Much like the construction industry, the turf market requires a well stocked parts department to meet the high demands of its customers, as well as an aggressive service department, and a measure of communication amongst the local turf industry.  Great Plains Edmond has all the right features Clements and Kubota were looking for.  Clements elaborated on why Great Plains Edmond was chosen.
“What this training is about is finding ways to improve the customer experience at Kubota dealerships.  After all, Kubota only gets to be Kubota if the dealers do the right thing.  The environment and services at Great Plains already offer the “wow” factor that customers are looking for.  From our perspective, Great Plains Edmond is the ideal location not only because all the elements of an exploratory turf dealer were in place, but because they’re great to work with.  We easily worked around them to shoot our videos during a regular work day.  I consult with over 200 types of dealerships and Great Plains Kubota is as professional as they come,” said Clements.
Much like the dealer development group Great Plains Kubota itself is constantly criticizing and refining its own practices to improve customers’ experiences.  The future awaits for Great Plains Kubota, and customers can anticipate many new things to come.

Freaky Story

RTV Buck

Every hunter dreams of harvesting a trophy whitetail.  For Daniel McVay of Buckventures Outdoors, harvesting mature whitetails is his business, and last fall business was booming.
As Land Manager for the popular hunting shows Major League Bowhunter and Buckventures Outdoors one could say that it’s in McVay’s job description to really know the deer on the properties he manages. So when a small two year old buck on their ranch in Northwestern Okla., later named “Freak”, exploded into a 170 inch three year old, McVay gave him his full attention.
“When Freak first came under the radar we knew he wasn’t showing up on a lot of other properties.  In fact, the first time he was seen on the hoof was during a hunt with Realtree when Freak was an impressive three year old.  Our own Jeff Danker was running camera when Freak strutted by at 15 yards that day.  It was this encounter that made us aware of how special a deer he really was.  It was also a perfect demonstration of how letting deer grow can pay off,” said McVay.
For some hunters a 170” deer is a deer of a lifetime, and a lot of people wouldn’t have thought twice about drawing down on him at that range.  But hard work, and the vast understanding of their present populations paid off for McVay a season later.  It was decided early in the 2014 hunting season that Freak was on the hit list.  There were several hunts dedicated to Freak that season, and even Realtree came back for another round.  Freak remained unscathed until that November when McVay traveled to the panhandle ranch.  McVay had made this trip many times, but this would be his first time to actually hunt this property.  It was a hot calm day on November 5th, that he would harvest the biggest buck of his life.
McVay described the hunt.  “To be honest I didn’t have the highest hopes of getting a shot at Freak.  The setup I had was perfect for a North wind, and in fact we see better movement out there when there is more wind.  But this day was hot, so I was excited when I finally started to see some activity.  There was a smaller buck and a few does around the tree line we were hunting which is situated between two windmills.  I noticed a larger buck by one windmill in the distance.  Then the deer around us reacted to something coming.  All of a sudden I noticed a mess of thick antlers peaking over the brush and heading our way.  I knew immediately it was Freak.”
As one could imagine, the sight of such a magnificent deer had McVay’s blood boiling.  But, as a seasoned hunter he remained focused and true to form. When Freak closed the gap to within 40 yards, he patiently waited for a closer shot.  Although he thought this may have been a huge mistake, the monster deer had noticed the other buck in the area and had made it his duty to see him out.  Luckily for McVay, patience and dedication to the sport came full circle 25 minutes later when Freak showed up trailing a doe.  This time the deer wouldn’t have a second chance.  At 30 yards McVay stopped the deer and let an arrow rip.  The shot was low, and caused concern until they reviewed the footage later that night.  The video footage revealed a hit that, while on the low side could still produce a mortal wound.  Based on what they’d seen they waited until midnight to hopefully retrieve the deer.  To McVay’s relief Freak had expired relatively close to where they last lost visual, and until that moment, this prime example of God’s creations, had hardly been seen in person.  McVay described he’s reaction.
“We knew he was big but we never thought he would gross over 200 points.  It was overwhelming to put my hands on him.  I was so nervous he would be gone forever after shooting a little low.  After it was all done I couldn’t help but reflect on all the work it took to get to that point.”
These two hunting shows operate by understanding their herds.  They feed in volumes, but they do so for inventory purposes rather than to kill.  They also rely on trail cameras.  In fact, McVay mentioned he knows at least 80% of the population of the deer on the ranch in Oklahoma.  He utilizes 60 cameras and of these there’s only one that has produced a picture of buck he doesn’t recognize.  McVay also puts a Kubota RTV X series to work on the properties he manages.
“I use the RTV all the time.  It makes all the difference when working in tight places or setting stands.  I don’t have a single camera I can’t access without the RTV.  It’s a workhorse and its the perfect utility vehicle for me as Land Manager,” he said.
When asked what advice he’d give to hunters seeking their buck of a lifetime he said, “let them grow.”
“Always hunt the wind and always have good access to your spot.  Access is everything.”
Access may be a key to success, but hard work throughout the season has it’s rewards.

“Freaky Story” By Reed Boettcher was originally published in the Fall 2015 issue of  

Great Plains living

Click Here

For a free subscription online or in your mailbox

Interview with a bowhunter

JEFF DANKER
How important was hunting during your childhood?
JD:  Growing up, I worked for my Dad’s company, Danker Roofing.  We’d go hunting a lot, but the biggest thing in my life was roping.  My dad would haul me to every rodeo in the country when I was a youngster.  After graduating high school my life consisted of Rodeo, Hunting, and Roofing.  I was content!
How did your hunting shows, Buckventures Outdoors and Major League Bowhunter start?
JD:  While hunting big deer across the Midwest I hooked up with a guy that had a local TV show.  After filming for him for a year I decided to start my own shown, and in 2003 Buckventures Outdoors (BVO) was born. The first three years were tough, but things took off after we got picked up by Knight rifles, Summit treestands, and Knight & Hale calls.    Then, Chipper Jones, Matt Duff, and I started Major League Bowhunter (MLB) in 2010.  Both shows have become a platform in my life to spread Gods word.
How are the shows alike, and what makes them successful?
JD:  They’re similar in that we’re all humble, hard working, and like to hunt our own ground.  I believe people connect with us because they see us like they see themselves.  Each week we look viewers in the eye and speak from our hearts, no cue cards or scripts.  Everything is in God’s hands, and he paves the way. I feel this is what’s made both shows very successful.
What do you want your viewers to walk away with?
JD:  We want our viewers to know that we make mistakes just like they do.  We show our failures, and successes in hopes to truly educate the viewer.
Personally, what goals are you trying to achieve with BVO & MLB?
JD:  I think we can all make a difference in the short time we have on earth.  I believe wholeheartedly that God has given this platform for me to use for Him.  I travel in the off season speaking and delivering the Gospel.  This is my most important job.
What role/roles do you play in the shows?
JD:  I handle most of the business for both companies.  I make sure things are always done right, and that we are always giving God the credit.  I’m also a co-host on MLB, and show up from time to time on BVO.
How long does it take to make one show?
JD:  The edited version of the shows spits out 22 minuets of footage which typically requires two weeks of hard hunting.
How much of your business depends on sponsors?
JD:  Sponsors are a huge part of our success, but we’ve never used a product we didn’t believe in.  We use products that work, and we believe the people behind those products are the most important part of the equation.
How has your experience with Great Plains Kubota been?
JD:  Great Plains is a pleasure to work with.  Their Kubota equipment has a strong name, and I’m proud to be associated with them.  What’s impressed me most is GPs professionalism.  In my opinion Great Plains Kubota is the best in the business!
How important are the Kubota RTVs in your daily work?
JD:  The RTVs are huge for us, and get used everyday.  We just finished dragging all off our plots with them.  The belt driven utility vehicles we used before would always over heat doing this, but not the Kubotas!  They are the workhorse of all utility vehicles, and that’s exactly what we need.

BRANDON ADAMS
How do viewers see Brandon Adams?
BA:  I’m the young handsome, somewhat goofy guy of the bunch.
What is your actual job with the shows?
BA:  I’ve filmed Jeff since 2007, and done all video production of BVO and MLB since 2010.
How would you say the style/content message of MLB/BVO differs from other shows?
BA:  First our message is that it’s okay to put God in the forefront.  Secondly, killing big bucks is an obtainable goal by anyone with a little effort.
What is the single most useful tool you have in the field?
BA:  The Heater Body Suit may top this list.  It allows us to stay longer in the brutally cold plains state’s wind.
From a production standpoint what is your greatest asset in producing a quality hunting show?
BA:  It’s the great group of guys that make good ideas happen.
What’s more rewarding, harvesting a huge buck or capturing that perfect video shot?
BA:  It’s a toss up, but if I had to pick one it would be harvesting the buck.
If you could film a hunt anywhere in the world where would it be?
BA:  I’d say an elk hunt in Utah or Arizona.
What Kubota equipment have you had a chance to operate since partnering with Great Plains Kubota?
BA:  I’ve used a SVL90 skid steer to move a 5X8X7 steel safe room into my house.  I also used it to take terraces out of my food plots.  It’s one BAAAADDDD piece of machinery.

BUDDY GROOM
How did you get involved with BVO?
BG:  I liked the show so I bought half of it. I’ve been hunting on the show full time now for three years.
How would you describe the show?
BG:  It’s a family friendly show that’s educational, and represents the average hunter.
You were a major league baseball player for thirteen plus years, and now you’re a full time hunter. If you could only do one of the two which would it be?
BG:  Hunting, because I’ve always had a passion for hunting.  They are alike because they’re both challenging, but rewarding when you accomplish goals.
How has baseball and hunting impacted your life?
BG:  It takes discipline and hard work to be successful at both.  They’ve helped me get where I am today in every aspect of my life.
What’s the most rewarding part of owning BVO?
BG:  Being around the guys on the show is rewarding.  We’re truly like family, and enjoy hunting together.
GPL:  Where would you like to see BVO in five years?
BG:  I want to see it as the best show on the Sportsman Channel!
Finally, what’s your most memorable hunting trip?
BG:  I’d have to say last muzzle loader season in Kansas.  I’d been hunting this buck hard, and finally killed him on the 13th day of the 14 day muzzle loader season.

DANIEL MCVAY
What does Daniel Mcvay bring to BVO/MLB table?
DM:  I co-host and hunt on BVO.  I’m also the land manager for both BVO and MLB.  I’m responsible for managing, working, and maintaining over 70,000 acres across the country.
What type of hunting did you do growing up?
DM:  I was born and raised in West Virginia, and grew up hunting whitetails and other small game.  It was a way of life back then.  It’s how we lived and survived.
How did your hunting career begin?
DM:  I started my hunting career guiding elk hunts.  I was introduced to BVO when I guided Jeff on a hunt in New Mexico.  After heading to Illinois to guide deer hunts I became part of the BVO pro staff and film crew.  Eventually I moved to Chandler, OK to work full-time for BVO & MLB.
What do you like best about Kubota equipment?
DM:  I’ve used almost every brand of utility vehicle, but the Kubota RTV is the best when it comes to real work.  I love the RTV’s hauling abilities and fuel mileage.  I think the Kubota SVL is without a doubt the toughest skid steer on the market.  In all, Kubota is the best bang for the buck!
Has hunting lost it’s pleasure due to the long hard hours dedicated to it?
DM:  Hunting for a living is definitely different then simply doing it for pleasure.  You can’t sleep in when you don’t feel like going hunting.  The pressure to produce results can be tough at times, but in all I respect the privilege of hunting even more now.
Finally, what changes or styles do you think deer hunting will see in the next few decades?
DM:  I think hunting is becoming more of a casual hobby instead of a way of life, like it used to be.  I can remember when schools would close for the entire rifle season!  It’s definitely becoming more difficult to gain access to places to hunt, which causes less people to be involved or in some cases include their children.  I think that kids are the future of our sport.

BRANDON DANKER
How has hunting impacted your life?
BD:  It’s created countless memories with friends and family over the years.
Personally, how has hunting changed for you since you started?
BD:  When I was first introduced to hunting our mind set was “if it’s brown, it’s down”, but now we try to harvest age and keep healthy herds.
GPL:  What is your earliest hunting memory?
BD:  When I was twelve I took my brothers bow to the river, not thinking I would see any deer, but when one did walk by I couldn’t even pull his bow back.
Have you ever lost a deer?
BD:  Yes, but the memory that stands out the most is a 170 plus inch nine point I lost in northern Missouri.  After releasing the arrow it didn’t penetrate and the negative thoughts began to creep into my head.  After a long sleepless night, and looking for the buck from daylight till dark I was asking myself what I could have done different.  To this day I still think about this hunt.
What is your favorite aspect about being a part of BVO?
BD:  The closeness of everyone involved in BVO has made us a family.
Define the BVO brand.
BD:  We are followers of Christ!  Our motto is…Shoot by Sight, Walk by Faith.
Finally, if you had to choose to be on a horse, or in a treestand which would it be and why?
BD:  Wow!  That’s a tough question.  I can’t choose between the two because they are completely different sports that both mean a lot to me!
Watch Major League Bowhunter and Buckventures Outdoors on the Sportsman Channel.  For more information about this article published in the Autumn 2014 issue of Great Plains living visit www.greatplainsliving.com

Buckventures
The guys from Buckventures Outdoors have teamed up with Great Plains Kubota
Duff, Chipper, Jeff
Matt Duff, Chipper Jones, and Jeff Danker of Major League Bowhunter. MLB airs on the Sportsman’s Channel nationally and on various local Oklahoma stations where they’ve teamed up with Great Plains Kubota, Oklahoma’s Full-Line Kubota dealer