Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekend Success

I met a lot of great people this weekend at the Big Buck Classic, which made it a complete success.  I would like to thank everyone that took the time to stop and visit with us at our booth, and I would especially like to thank those who bought jerky, and/or our Doc's Wildlife Blends products. I would like to remind these people that I am a phone call or email away if you have any questions, comments, or would like to purchase more product. 

I want to send out a special thanks to Kendra and Gale for committing to what is sure to be an awesome deer hunt this fall. As you can see in the game camera pictures, we have mature bucks that would be a trophy on anyone's wall, but keep in mind that our spring and summer will be dedicated to the nutrition of our deer herd. The Doc's Wildlife Blend products that we will be using have proven to make great bucks even greater, and given the potential of the younger bucks on our ranch, we are sure to see some serious results this fall and I couldn't be more excited about it. 

For this being our first trade show, we walked away with some awesome contacts in the industry. Dr. Ken Vettel and Dr. Tim Jones are the ultimate professionals. They are both great people with extreme knowledge and belief in their Doc's Wildlife Blends products. They are always willing, and never too busy to answer questions about their mineral, feed, and seed, as well as any other general question a person might have about anything from hunting to personal health. We are proud to be Doc's dealers and welcome any questions you may have about Doc's products. 

Lastly, I would like to thank Andy Weichers and Bobby Haley from Campfire Stories TV for showing interest in a buffalo hunt on the ranch, to be aired on the pursuit channel in 2014. We are currently ironing out the details, but we are all 100% committed to making this happen, maybe as soon as next month.  Thanks Andy and Bobby, it will be an experience you will never forget. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Big Buck Classic

If you're in the Omaha area this weekend, come check out our booth at the Big Buck Classic located at the Century Link Center! 


Hi everyone,
My name is Andy Thies, and I am the ranch manager of Elkhead Ranch near Bruner, Missouri.  I was born and raised in small town Sterling, Nebraska.  I am 30 years old and married to an art teacher. 

Together we are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, Harlea Mae, who was born 13 days ago.  I am 10 weeks away from an Associates of Aplied Science Degree in Divesified Agriculture Production.  I was in the Army Reserve for 8 years, and during that time I served 2 tours of duty overseas in the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom campaign.  It was shortly after my second tour that I asked my beautiful wife Kristie to marry me.  Shortly after that I decided to pursue a degree in Agronomy.  I thought that with an Agronomy degree I would create more employment oportunities in Southeast Nebraska, and planned to get into the wildlife food plot business one way or another.  As luck would have it, I met Randy and Jane Miller who own Elkhead Ranch. They had serious intentions of creating a guided hunting service on the ranch, and had a need for a ranch manager with a hunting background and a willingness to learn the ins and outs of the bison business. The rest is history.

I am pleased to announce that after 5 years of habitat management and wildlife nutrition practices at the ranch, we are officially open for business guiding whitetail, turkey, and buffalo hunts. 

Throughout the year, I will be keeping you updated on what goes on in the day to day operations of a working bison ranch and hunting retreat.  I will share with you the experiences of everyday life on the ranch.  This includes working the bison, calving season, wildlife management practices for deer and turkey such as planting food plots, habitat improvement, controlled burns, etc., and of course, monthly game camera pictures.   

Thank you for following our blog from the beginning, and I hope that you will share the experiences of the ranch with us through our blog, and in person. We would like to welcome you into our ranch family. 

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