A Target-Rich Environment

A Target-Rich Environment
Burnt Oak Lodge has it all for hunting party to wedding party

Burnt Oak Lodge has it all for hunting party to wedding party

BURNT OAK LODGE, Miss. -- As deer hunters, most of us are guilty of being greedy whether we’ll admit it or not. We want as many opportunities as possible to kill the biggest bucks possible. The barometer of success for trophy hunters is heads on the wall: the more, the better.

For others, though, success may be defined by simply seeing deer, harvesting does, or any other sort of criteria. But for those who want ample shots at big bucks, there’s a place in Mississippi you need to know about: Burnt Oak Lodge.

Burnt Oak Lodge is run by Jack Robertson and his family. Robertson is a forester by trade and has a degree in wildlife ecology from Mississippi State University. The grounds of Burnt Oak Lodge in Lowndes County, Miss., are teeming with deer, turkey and quail thanks to his management regimen. (See story on his tried and true practices.

The deer hunting at Burnt Oak is on a first-come, first-served basis because of scheduling conflicts with quail season as well as sheer demand by deer hunters for time in Robertson’s stands.



Click image to see photos of Burnt Oak Lodge
Burnt Oak Lodge



On the property, Robertson has found that most 3 1/2 year-old deer gross in the 130-point range, while there are some residents that score greater than 150. The lodge is free range, but Robertson sees many of the same deer year after year thanks to his strict regimen of year-round planting, fertilizing, strip disking, burning and timber stand improvement.


Surrounding properties are a mix of agricultural, pasture and woods, so Burnt Oak has prime habitat within the fairly rural county. The grounds have a mix of hardwood stands, bottomland and lush green fields.

Robertson can tell you with alarming accuracy the whereabouts of trophy bucks on his property. There’s rarely a deer that gets captured on camera that he hasn’t seen grow and mature or on his meat pole. Depending on the goal of your hunt, he can let your youngster harvest a doe or small buck, or put you in a cedar thicket where a bruiser has been frequenting, rubbing up trees and scraping the ground bare.

As always, it’s up to the hunter to get the job done when the moment of truth arrives. He can even tell you the direction that they’ll likely come from, but he can’t pull the trigger for you. If he could’ve done it for me, I would have had him aim that .444 Marlin a tad higher so there’d be a picture of me with a beastly 8-point in the photo gallery.


As is the case in encounters with stud bucks, the experience was a memorable one. I can speak first-hand to Robertson’s charitable character; no shirttails were harmed after the shot was flubbed.

At the entrance of the property is the lodge itself, a structure half of which Robertson and his family call home, and the other half of which is luxury accommodations for guests. There are six rooms which house queen-size beds and bathrooms. Inside the main lodge is a dining hall, great room, bar/game room and a meeting room that’s equipped with all the technology you could need for a business retreat, which is something that Robertson hosts a lot.

“When we started the lodge, business retreats and meetings were part of the plans as were parties,” Robertson said. “What wasn’t expected though, were weddings. Those kind of came on later.”


Robertson treats his staff like family because they are his family. His wife, Dee, and mother, Mimi, handle booking and the lodge facilities while Jack, his father, and son, Morgan, tend to the property, dog training and hunting side of things.

To give you an idea of how pleased Burnt Oak’s guests leave, Robertson has enjoyed an 80 percent repeat business rate. If you’re at Burnt Oak and you go hungry, it’s your own fault. Three meals a day are provided with your accommodations and hunting, and each one is served with a heaping dose of Southern hospitality. If you go without harvesting a deer, it’s also your own fault. I should know.

There’s not another lodge within hundreds of miles that can offer the accommodations, chance at game and friendly atmosphere that Jack Robertson, his family and Burnt Oak offers. I’d stake another chance at that big 8 on it.

www.burntoaklodge.com

Go to Deer Camp

Recommended for You

Shooters across the U.S. are using this competition shooting mat. Guns

MidwayUSA Pro Series Shooting Mat

G&F Staff

Shooters across the U.S. are using this competition shooting mat.

How does one go about getting rid of chiggers and treating chigger bites? Your first line of defense is insect repellent with DEET to keep chiggers at bay. But when you do get a few chigger bites, use Chigarid to treat them. Hunting How-To

How to Treat Chigger Bites

Lynn Burkhead

How does one go about getting rid of chiggers and treating chigger bites? Your first line of...

Adam Heggenstaller takes over after 14 years with NRA Publications. News

Game & Fish Magazine Names New Editorial Director

G&F Online Staff - May 23, 2019

Adam Heggenstaller takes over after 14 years with NRA Publications.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Lure Lock Options Includes LED Light Boxes & More

Lure Lock Options Includes LED Light Boxes & More

Pro angler Jonathan VanDam showcases new offerings at ICAST 2019, including the ultra-thin, big bait boxes, LED-lighted boxes and backpack-able gear lockers. With Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

13 Fishing Pathfinder Weedless Walking Bait

13 Fishing Pathfinder Weedless Walking Bait

Fresh off catching the biggest bass in ICAST Cup history, 13 Fishing pro Jessie Mizell shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the new Big Squirm soft plastic worm and the company's unique Pathfinder topwater walking bait that is totally weedless in design.

Mustad Skatter Shad Bladed Jig

Mustad Skatter Shad Bladed Jig

As Mustad continues to expand into an all-around tackle company, Reid McKinstry shows off some innovative features that make the Mustad Skatter Shad bladed jig a winner in big bass waters.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Unlike many game fish, catfish can be harder to catch during the spawn. Here are some strategies. Catfish

Understanding Catfish Spawning

Keith Sutton - June 06, 2006

Unlike many game fish, catfish can be harder to catch during the spawn. Here are some...

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record. Walleye

Record-Sized Walleye Was Foul-Hooked, Agency Says

G&F Online Staff

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record.

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a species Catfish

10 Biggest Catfish World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - December 08, 2014

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a...

See More Stories

More Whitetail

Crafting fake scrapes now can make your deer hunt — this month, or later in the season. Whitetail

Make Killer Mock Scrapes Now

Scott Bestful - September 23, 2019

Crafting fake scrapes now can make your deer hunt — this month, or later in the season.

Sponsored: Looking for a new deer hunting rifle this fall? Try the immensely popular 6.5 Creedmoor, a caliber that Academy Sports + Outdoors has plenty of – without breaking the bank! Guns

10 Great 6.5 Creedmoor Rifles Under $500

Lynn Burkhead

Sponsored By
Academy Sports
Tink's, Wildlife Research Center fund new ‘breakthrough' testing protocol for deer-hunting attractants. Conservation & Politics

New Test Verifies Deer-Urine Products CWD-Free

August 21, 2019

Tink's, Wildlife Research Center fund new ‘breakthrough' testing protocol for deer-hunting...

See More Whitetail

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×