RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR(KAIT) - You probably don't realize it, but nearly 150 elk roam the hills in Randolph County, Arkansas. They're part of Buck Hollow Ranch, the conservation dream of Florida native, Tom Baker. He bought 2,600 acres near Warm Springs, back in 1994 and has spent lots of time and money developing the habitat and maximizing the wildlife on the property.
He and ranch manager Keith Futrell are all about creating the perfect habitat for all types of wildlife, but they've had plenty of help.
"I've called on everyone you can imagine," said Baker. "Arkansas Game and Fish, the Department of Natural Resources, the Randolph County Extension Service, and the National wild Turkey Federation, just to name a few. It's been a real ream effort and we share what we know and what we learn."
In 2000 Baker high fenced the property and brought in 65 elk and today the heard boasts nearly 150. In 2006 he and Futrell began offering a limited number of paid deer and turkey hunts, but not the elk.
"It's a 12 year process and we're just not there yet," said Baker. "We want the quality to be there and you can't just bring in elk and not take the proper care to ensure maximum growth."
Besides hunting and fishing, Buck Hollow offers eco tours and photo safaris.
For more information about Buck Hollow Ranch call Keith Futrell at (870) 926-8446 or (870) 892-8745 or go to: http://www.randolphchamber.com/view/135.
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