Quantity is finally catching up with quality at Mulberry. Since the state first leased this private land in 1995, good bucks have been the rule-mostly because deer numbers were so low. But as herd numbers have strengthened, buck quality hasn't slipped a bit. This hilly pine plantation features hardwood remnants on the steeper, harder to log sections, and the cover gets thick. "It's not as pretty to look at as a bottomland hardwoods area," Cook says, "but it holds a lot more deer and some of them are pretty good bucks."