Barton Ridge Plantation has been under some form of wildlife management for the past 20 years. It was not until 1996 when the property was purchased by the Bartons that an intensive wildlife management plan was put into place. Since that date, the focus has been on the development of trophy bucks. No antlered bucks were harvested during the first 5 years.
Prescribed doe harvests, over 1500 acres of hardwood, an abundance of natural foods and 200+ acres of food plots have allowed us to increase the carrying capacity of the property while continuing to follow sound trophy management practices. After each hunting season, an infrared camera deer population census in conducted. Camera Bait Stations are set up over the entire property and digital images are collected for analysis. This information is invaluable in making doe harvest recommendations and settling buck harvest criteria for the next hunting season.