He is a Godly man and lives out the scriptures by example every chance he gets. He is one the most unselfish, and giving sort of a friend...I watch him turn situations totally around as bad luck with the wind, rain and getting cold and wet did not stop him. [He is] another man sent by God to cross paths with me in this life. His respect he shows his father is amazing and Ty would say lets set dad up, I have years to hunt so lets try to set [him] up. Ty's personal skills are very good and he has taken some dandies and I expect he's just getting started. With a one tag limit I say he's done very well but as he will tell you "I want to learn more." Man do I love to hear that kind of humility, I jump at the chance to exchange thoughts and ideas with a fellow researcher. Last but not least, he will enjoy some magic seasons ahead as his potential is endless, but he also has heart; that kind of heart is what drives us to do what we do and inspires us to learn. I'll bet the name Ty Miller will soon be a name to look to for help, for he is far beyond his years in ability.
-Pastor Bill Vale on Ty Miller (pressureddeer.com)
Author of: Taking Pressured Whitetails: Pursuing the Gray Ghost in Urban and Farmland Settings
Ty Miller of Small Acre Hunting
Ty has proven over the past seventeen years that one does not need hundreds of acres to capitalize on a deer they can be happy with. Actually contrary to popular opinion his father and he have harvested numerous bucks in that time span that most hunters would gladly give their tag for; 6 of which would go between 100-130 and 5 checking in over 130! All of these, save two from a 70 acre property, came from a "too small" piece of property which includes just shy of 9 acres of woods. 2016 Ty purchased 22+/- acres and in the first fall he harvested the 3rd largest buck around...and in 2018 he downed a B&C Gross Score 175 even off that dirt.
Over those years Ty has learned how to use small
properties to the hunter's advantage and now is
hoping to teach all of his proven tactics and the
new ones he continues to learn along the way in hopes of helping others in similar situations!
"Small acre properties are often times looked over by other hunters. In all honesty, I only need about a 30 yard radius from a tree or blind in the right spot to make it possible to harvest a deer...and potentially a mature buck! The thing many people don't realize is a lot of properties can be designed to become more of that "right spot" type of place.
Over the years I've learned how to stop viewing my limited acreage as a discouraging factor and have learned to capitalize on every inch of soil I can hunt or work on.
It is such a true statement when one says it isn't where you hunt as much as it is how you hunt. I owe a lot of my knowledge to guys who have come before, especially Jake Ehlinger & Bill Vale; them and other proven tactics mixed with my small acre history have me hitting every season confident I can capitilize on the various small acre parcels I hunt every year."
The unique thing about Ty is his willingness to admit he doesn't know everything there is to know. He understands that in order to keep progressing as a hunter and a habitat manipulator one must constantly be active in expanding their knowledge through trial and error, but more importantly through other accomplished hunters.
"There are a lot of guys out there stating the hollywood style of hunting...but for every single one there is a guy like Bill Vale or John Eberhart that the average hunter needs to study and learn from.
My dream is to someday have offered as much as they have in the world of hunting whitetail deer."
Bottomline Ty is a normal guy with a demanding daily job which leaves him with like many of you reading this only so much time and energy to work on your hunting properties and skills. He hopes that by him taking time to document his thoughts, property visits and tactics utilized throughout his hunting seasons, that every single person who visits Small Acre Hunting will be one step closer to that dream hunt they felt they could never have!