I wish I had enough land to let everyone I have made friends with on the forum come hunt. I would in a heart beat! Seriously, I have two different farm in KY that total almost 1000 acres. I have about 4 or 5 different close friends that I let hunt with me. A couple of them I let have free run on the farms because they are on the same page as me on management goals and they do alot of work for working toward these goals. In the last 4 years, the length of time we have been practicing QDM, we have taken only 12 bucks. 1 was a 168" 11 pt., 1 156" 10 pt., 1 143" 8 pt. and another 130" 8 pt. These bucks were all taken this year and they are the biggest we have ever killed on the farms. We have pictures of several really big bucks on cameras. Some of them estimate in the high 180's, but haven't been able to tag on of them yet. I've had one of them close 2 different times but just could close the deal.
We have seen a really good increase in big deer but a decline in deer over all. We are missing the numbers in the .5 and 1.5 year old range. This is directly due to the blue tongue and the ice storm. I am having the area private land biologist come out the end of this month to give us some ideas that will better the natural habitat so we can get recruitment from the areas around the farms.
Here's an idea for you. One of my farms are bordered by Pennyrile State Park. It is bow only except for one weekend quota muzzle-loader season. They have been on a buck program now for many years. They only allow deer with 15" spread or better. I know it is hard to come from out of state to hunt in an area that you haven't scouted, but there are many people I meet that have been coming up there to bow hunt for several years. They have a nice camp ground or a resort on site. There are some real monster sized buck on this property. Just this year I help a guy drag out 160" 8 pt. he killed on the back side of my farm. They take several bucks a year that score in the 140's. There isn't very much pressure on this State Park. This may not be your cup of tea but I figured I would mention it anyway.
These are a couple of the pics from my farm. I think you would probably see the same on any farm in West KY that has been managed right.