This Club membership is full, but ask our
Club Manager Jim Wynne to put you on our wait-list.
Charter member Jason Blount and
his handsome 2003 ten pointer! This magnificent trophy was
entered in the 2004 Virginia Deer Classic, a big outdoor
hunting show and
deer contest in Richmond VA. Jason reports that he won FIRST
PLACE for the archery 9, 10, 11 point class with this Bundoran
buck! This makes two years in a row that Jason won that
In southern Albemarle County in central
Virginia, lies the Bundoran Hunt Club, on the upper branches
of the Hardware River; its well-watered farm pastures, extraordinary
landscapes, and mountain valleys provide some of the
most peaceful and pleasant hunting surroundings in this
Close to Charlottesville and the world-renowned
University of Virginia, its 2000-plus acres, several hundred
in modern, productive
apple orchard, hundreds of pasture
acres , and magnificent, mature hardwood
forests , linked with 20 miles of private walking and
trails in the valleys
and through the timber
stand improvement projects, are all spectacular in the
Plenty of room for a group of your friends to hunt safely
in separate areas on these magnificent hillsides where a lovely
awaits you for your picnic lunch. To discuss anything about
this Hunt Club, please call our Club
Manager Jim Wynne at 434-977-7495.
Our Club has high expectations of good
sportsmanship and gracious social behavior by our Members.
Our rules and procedures - explained in considerable detail
below - are carefully designed to maintain the Bundoran Hunt
Club as an exceptional place to hunt, to enjoy wildlife in
the quiet of our forests, and to enjoy the company of other
Members. We have a zero tolerance for the use of alcohol before
or during hunting, for game law violations, and for behavior
near the edge of the game laws or in social interaction
among Members. A Members full understanding and enthusiastic
acceptance of these standards will make every hunting season
a safe, pleasant, and productive one for all.
Club Members not living up to these standards will not be
invited to renew their Memberships.
Please do not apply for Membership if you differ with this
philosophy. If you agree with it, we welcome you and look
forward to getting to know you.
Membership Fees ..... ......... and Regulations
Membership Fee: To join, a $500.00
one-time Membership fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Archery Club: requires membership plus a $500.00
annual hunting fee ...limited
to TEN members
which entitles the member to bow hunt anywhere
on the hunt club property during the fall deer and
fall turkey season. There is a dedicated
ARCHERY-ONLY section near the center of the club property
in which ONLY bows are allowed. Two bucks may be harvested
with a 16-inch minimum width of the antlers on the first buck
and an 18-inch minimum width on the second.
Both bucks must have 6 points or better to be harvested. The
Archery Club member may also harvest 2 does - plus DMAP does
- and one turkey hen and one black bear may be taken, which
must be a minimum of 100 lbs. dressed weight.
Our Spring Gobbler Club: requires membership plus a
$300.00 annual fee (...limited
to SIX members, with four spaces remaining for the Spring 2005 season). Gobblers - only - may be taken
in the spring season, with any weapon. The Spring Gobbler
Club members have access to all the acreage on the property. Steve Owens' 2005 gobbler shown here.
Our Full Bag Club: requires membership plus a $800.00
annual fee (...limited to TEN members...with
a minimum of eight members...) which entitles the member
to hunt with bow, black powder muzzle loader, and modern sporting
arms, beginning December 1. Archery Club members can add this option for only $300.00
per year additional. These Full Bag members have access to
all the acreage on the property, but ONLY
BOWS may be used in the archery-only area. Two bucks
may be harvested with a 16-inch minimum width of the antlers
on the first buck and an 18-inch minimum width on the second.
Both bucks must have 6 points or better to be harvested. Only
one of these bucks may be taken with a gun, and we will not
use guns at all until December 1 of each year. The
Full Bag Club member may also harvest 2 does - plus DMAP does
- and one turkey hen and one black bear may be taken, which
must be a minimum of 100 lbs. dressed weight.
DMAP -- Virginia's Deer Management Assistance Program:
All Members are encouraged to harvest as many DOE DEER as possible
- using our DMAP tags - in accordance with annual recommendations
from our cooperating Virginia Game Biologist, Ron Hughes. See below for more discussion of our Game Management Program. To achieve these goals, the following new Club rules are in immediate effect.
Failure of a Member to participate in AT LEAST ONE DOE DEER day will be grounds for non-renewal of Membership.
Each member is be encouraged to take 2 DOE DEER during the hunting season IN ADDITION TO any DOE DEER taken on CLUB DOE DEER days. Actual results as well as personal effort expended towards this goal will count for much as membership renewal invitations are extended annually.
Staff Members (farm employees) will be encouraged to take DOE DEER as seen in the normal course of farming days, while honoring all other Club rules.
Anyone taking more than TEN DOE DEER a year gets a free membership the next year.
Most October DOE DEER taken—$300 reduction in following year fees.
Most November DOE DEER taken—$200 reduction in following year fees.
CLUB DOE DEER Days for the 2005-2006 season: Mark your Calendars!
January 7th. This day, we will hunt the orchards for DOE DEER.
GAME REFUGES: There are several designated game refuge
areas within the club property in which no hunting, scouting,
or human penetration is allowed. Except for retrieval of game,
this space is entirely for wild animals.
All game (except bear) must be tagged - and measurement data
collected - at our members-only Virginia Game Check
Station located here. This club has a ZERO TOLERANCE for
Virginia game law violations. Members will be excluded from
further participation based on a single conviction of game
laws violated here.
Staff members have the same rights and privileges as all other
members, and must abide by all club rules.
INSURANCE on the club
operation is purchased by the Club managment and will be paid
annually by the members - as a pro-rata assessment - along
with the annual fee. Payment is due by June 30 each year.
Once the initial memberships are filled, we will need to
maintain that number, or the Hunt Club will terminate operations.
This membership does not include bringing
a guest, nor may any member give away his member card for
a day to anyone.
Any questions? Just call our Club Manager
Jim Wynne at 434-977-7495 or see this
nice article in "The
Virginia Sportsman" magazine about the membership,
GAME MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: We
are developing a wild game management program to keep the
deer sex ratio as close to 50:50 as possible. This ratio -
recommended by our state Game Biologist - will continue to
provide heavy-antlered bucks, like Robert Earhart's 2005 buck shown here, and a healty deer herd. As we
manage these deer we intend to invite all minor sons and daughters
of our Members and their friends (and,
perhaps, others) to participate in the doe cull. There will
be no charge for these Youth Days, but each minor youth must
be accompanied by an adult who will not carry a weapon. There
is no desire on anyone's part to eliminate all deer, but we include a required participation in multiple
Game Management Days (for the doe cull) whether done by the
Members or by others.
We have got to make an effort to help the farm and orchard
operators keep deer out of the orchards (where they do financial
damage) and off the farm airstrip (where human lives are at
stake). COOPERATION is the key.
Game Feed plots and mineral supplements:
The Club management plants wild game food plots, provides
mineral mix licks, defines game refuge areas, and undertakes
other practices that are coordinated with and specifically
approved by the Virginia Game Commission. These areas are
defined on the daily sign-in maps, and shall not be hunted
Each member will have a membership
card which must be carried with them at all times while
on the property. "Gift Memberships" are available
for not-yet-known persons, but those persons must be identified
prior to the season and fully briefed prior to entering the
club property. Like other memberships, these are non-transferable
Each member will have a vehicle pass card that
must be clearly displayed on the vehicle's dashboard.
Vehicles will be parked at specific location on the
property while hunting. From those locations you will walk
to your hunting section.
ATV use is not permitted during the hunting day, except
by those over 70 years of age or hunters with physician-documented
handicaps. These woods will be very quiet during the season
and we want to keep them that way. Midday and after-dark retrieval
of heavy game by an ATV will be permitted, with no guns on
or near the ATV.
Choosing your place to hunt: SAFETY
IS PARAMOUNT. The property is divided into 3 large
parcels, one of which is archery-only. Each parcel is further
divided into multiple subsections, including several game
Upon arriving to hunt, you will select one of three parking
areas that corresponds to the large parcel that you are going
to hunt. At the primary parking area, there will be a sign-in
sheet where you sign your name to the subsection that you
wish to hunt. If you later wish to move to another subsection,
you will need to return to the sign-in area, then sign-out
from your first area and sign-in on your second area. When
you leave for the day, you must sign out.
If someone has not removed his or her name after a reasonable
amount of time after dark, most likely there is a problem
which needs to be addressed. Please help.
You can only sign in to your section on the day that you are
hunting, not the night before.
All State and Federal licenses and tags must be current.
No Crossbows may be used to hunt at this Club.
Each person is responsible for his or her actions.
If you decide to use tree stands, they are your responsibility,
whether you use them or you let some other member use them,
but no spikes, nails or screw-in steps
are allowed. Ladder stands, climbing stands and fixed
position stands can be used provided they will not damage
the trees. Ladder sticks and rope steps are permitted.
No alcohol is allowed in the hunting field. Period.
No one that has been drinking is allowed on the property,
if he or she is planning to hunt. Period.
Weight and age (and other) data on game harvested on the property
must be documented on a check-in sheet at the main barn, as
required by our Game biologist. Greg Duncan has just weighed and scored his nice buck, shown here. We are keeping this information
to improve the quality and quantity of game taken on the farm.
Any member providing additional bait,
minerals, or any attractant for any game animal -- without
the express WRITTEN permission of the Club Management -- will
be immediately removed from membership. Any member hunting
over or in the near vicinity of feed plots or mineral sites,
or hunting in a designated game refuge area, will be immediately
removed from membership. This is a zero-tolerance standard
which does not require a citation by a Game Warden as it is
our standard which we will enforce upon ourselves.
There is no dog hunting allowed; just you and Mother Nature
in the quiet of the forest.
The Club Manager or the Owner may immediately dismiss any
Member from the Club, with no refunds, for violation of Club
In addition, please be sure to keep all gates as you found
them, in most cases closed, and, if you see any farm animals
in distress, please notify the farm manager or owner.
Where to stay? Many of the finest
bed and breakfast establishments around here are members of
our network, with direct web access. You may park
and sleep in your camper/truck in a designated spot, but there
are no sewer hookups available. Campers may not be left here
unless you are hunting from them. See our hotel