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River to River Outfitters
16383 North Ewing Road
Ewing, IL 62836
Ph 217-491-3456
River to River Outfitters is located in beautiful Southern Illinois, owned and managed by Todd Poe and Chris Shores. River to River Outfitters operates on highly managed private land in Saline, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties and we offer both gun and bow hunts in these counties.Our goal at River to River Outfitters is to give you the very best opportunity at a world class Whitetail. If you are looking for a hunt camp with very few hunters, where you are not just another bow or gun hunter, then this is the outfitter you need to contact. River to River Outfitters now offers semi guided hunting. We give you the land, you will hang your stand, do your own scouting and hunt on your own. These farms will not be pressured and ready for you to hunt. We will not hunt these farms every week, so the hunting will be very limited. So book this hunt while it is still available. We will have stands up for you to use, but you'll be on your own. We will give you an aerial of the farm that you will be hunting, show you the boundaries, and recommend places to hunt, but after that you will be on your own to kill your buck of a lifetime. The lodging and meals will not be included in this package, you will need to get yourself a hotel or arrange a place to stay. We will be able to recommend a hotel that will be closest to your hunting area.
IMB Outfitters
30275 Liberty Park Place
Macon, MO 63552
Ph 866-855-7063
Ph 660-385-1800
IMB Outfitters is the most qualitative “whitetail specialty” outfitting service in the nation. There is a trend in the hunt industry with the “springing up” of new outfitters across the country that is tricking hunters to focus solely on the hunts price. While the prices of IMB are competitive one must remember IMB has been perfecting a hunt service focused on the harvest of trophy whitetail bucks for 13 long years. Sure clients can always find a cheaper hunt, but waiting all year long and then ending up with a bad experience in an effort to save a few bucks just isn’t worth it. IMB Outfitters offers trophy whitetail deer hunting in, Pike County, Illinois. Pike County, Illinois is the #2, County in the Nation for the highest quantity of trophy whitetail entries in the Boone and Crockett Record Books, as well as Pope and Young Record Books. The location is extreme West Central Illinois, lying between the Mississippi and Illinois River Basins. This area houses an abundance of trophy whitetails due to firearm limitations placed on hunters, deer management programs implemented by area outfitters, and provides the area deer herd with some of the richest agricultural crops in the nation as food source.
Illinois Trophy Connections
Jim Langlois &Travis Green
Route 1 Box 207
Broughton, IL 62817
Ph 877-272-4828
Illinois Trophy Connection offers our clients high end hunts on low-pressure properties for a very Low price. We are now offering hunts in pike county, White county and Hamilton county, Illinois. We have been offering hunts in Pike county for 3 years with this being the first year in White county and Hamilton county, and it should be an awesome year as this is family-owned ground. For the first time my partners relatives have given us permission to outfit their ground. This is 3800 acres of prime deer ground that as previously mentioned has never been bow hunted or outfitted. We are working out the details to obtain another 3150 acres of surrounding properties that the family farms. When we finalize that, we will have almost 7000 acres that are in huge blocks almost all together! 

Quail*Dove*Hungarian Partridge

B & F Hunting
Dave Bumgarner
Xenia, Illinois 62899
Office 618-678-2400
Home 618-678-2777
Jamie Herek/For Deer Hunting
Ph 715-498-7104

B & F Hunting offers hunts for deer, turkey, pheasant, chucker, Hungarian partridge, quail and dove.  We also raise and sell game birds to other preserves, and have pointers for sale.  We own or lease over 2,000 acres of prime land in Wayne and Clay counties in Xenia Illinois.  Don't forget to check out our links at the bottom of the page to find more information about the great hunting experience that is B & F Hunting. B & F Hunting also offers exceptional turkey hunts with a 95% kill rate of Eastern wild turkeys. There have apparently been other types that have mixed with the Eastern turkeys. We now have some interesting variations in our turkeys. We have some of the prettiest turkeys that you will ever see. Some that have been seen have white wings; some are almost 2/3 white. There is one reddish-rust colored hen with snow white wings. It has been seen several times both by the owner and by our hunters in 2008. It also has a 6 - 8 inch beard. The different colored ones must be camera-shy since we have not been able to get a good picture of any of them. They are too far away when we have a camera handy. We take our deer hunting very seriously by strategically placing food plots of corn, beans, clover. If this is what you wait for all year, and you are serious about Trophy Whitetails, come join us at B & F Hunting for the hunting experience of a lifetime!
South Branch Preserve, LLC
W13311 Buss Rd
Caroline, WI  54928
Ph 715-754-2637
Ph 715-754-5645
Family owned and operated, South Branch is a place for those who prefer a more peace and quiet approach to deer hunting. Our remote location and attention to detail, combined with some of the largest whitetail deer you will ever see, is what keeps our clients coming back year after year.   We still believe that the very best way to serve our guests is by booking only one hunting group at a time.  Our hunting preserve is entirely yours during your stay. Only in this way, will you receive the care you deserve and always occupy the very best hunting areas available. The property, which has been in our family for over 100 years, consists of mature timber ridges, hardwood cutovers, thick swamps, pine plantations and has numerous food plots scattered throughout.
Elite Outfitters
Johnny & Denise Hughes
113 Edelweiss Loop
Alto, NM 88312
Ph 575-336-9679

We offer archery hunts for whitetails in both Illinois and South Dakota, and rifle hunts in Texas.   Whether you are hunting Illinois, South Dakota or Texas, we expect you to get at least one shot opportunity at a 130-class or better buck. There are good numbers of bucks in all three regions and some extremely good genetics. A top-end buck in either Illinois or South Dakota will push 200 inches and 300 lbs.The whitetails in Texas are much smaller from a body perspective, but will produce bucks up to 160 inches. A 150-class rack on a 140 pound deer looks huge!There is a 130-inch minimum in both South Dakota and Illinois and a 120-inch minimum in Texas. The purpose is not to shoot 2-year-old deer
Midwest Bucks
Rick and Lynn Davidson
15454 East National Road
Marshall, IL 62441
Ph 217-260-2825
Ph 217-826-2605

Midwest Bucks is located in the heart of some of the best whitetail deer country in the world; Clark & Edgar County, Illinois and Vigo County, Indiana. We own 1,600 acres and have been able to secure over 12,000 acres of prime whitetail habitat from family, friends and neighbors. Even though we hunt quality property, we still plant hundreds of acres of food plots, and where possible, leave several rows of corn and soybeans stand in the fields for the deer. In addition, as part of our deer management program, we require that a buck have at least a 130 inch rack before it may be harvested, therefore, a $500 fine will be charged to anyone harvesting one under our minimum.
Boneyard Outfitters
Ryan McCollum
Benton, IL 62812
Ph 618-927-3432 (Jason)
Ph 618-923-6275
The hunting around the Rend Lake region near the town of Benton leads the state in big bucks harvested and Boneyard Outfitters is the area's top outfitting service for trophy Illinois whitetails.We've grown up chasing big bucks in the area and know the haunts of the local bucks. You'll be hunting on thousands of acres of private land utilizing ground blinds and tree stands. Because deer density is so high there are times when calling and rattling will greatly improve your chances of taking a trophy. Deer in the 150 B&C class are common in the area with trophies topping 170 B&C taken every year.Hunters will be staying in a truly unique resort-style lodge spoiled by great food, grand bar and lounge, swimming pool and waterfront rooms!Come to one of North America's most desirable hunts for a free-range monster buck. Contact Boneyard Outfitters today!
Wingshootng Latin America
Ryan McCollum
502 W Fifth Street
Benton, IL 62812
Ph 217 960 5992
WingShooting Latin America offers first class wingshooting and fishing trips to Central and South America. Check us out before your next trip. Our services are no cost to you.

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Illinois Hunting Outfitters and Guides Deer Facts

Illinois schoolchildren voted the white-tailed deer as the state animal in 1980. An animal of incredible beauty and power, white-tailed deer are able to run up to 40 miles per hour, jump 9 foot fences, and swim 13 miles per hour. The white underside of the deer's tail waves when running and is flashed as a warning when danger is sensed. Fawns are born with white spots for camouflage. Both native Americans and settlers relied on the white-tailed deer for buckskin and food. Whitetail's have exploded since conservation has been in place to help keep their population under control and provide a habitat for them to live in. White tailed deer are a small deer with short ears and a long tail with white underneath. Few deer live to be more than 5 years old because of hunting, vehicle accidents and predators. Life span in the wild has been noted to be as much as 11 years old, although they can live up to 20 years. The male of the species or "buck" is the only mammal in North American that has antlers. The female or "doe" does not have antlers, and has a wider hind quarters than it's chest. White-tailed deer live in hardwood areas. Sustenance is readily available as well as protection from humans and prey. Under normal conditions, they have a smaller territory than during the breeding season. If there is enough food, they will stay in this area long periods of time and not leave. They do not stray very far into open areas. Whitetail's sleep in thickets and come out in the early evening to drink water and forage for food, returning after the sun rises to bed for the day. They prefer to live near stream bottoms, draws or swamps. Whitetail Deer are herbivore's. Atwood noted 614 different plants are eaten by whitetail's. They mainly like to eat many agricultural crops, grasses, leaves, shoots, twigs, fungi,forbs, fruit and nuts. They are especially fond of acorns. I have even seen them eating grape vines and rose hips. In addition to the wide variety already mentioned, Whitetail deer can eat mushrooms that are poisonous to humans. During winter woody browse is a main staple.Patterns change as different food is available. I have watched as deer came to eat the milo, as it ripened for weeks, suddenly disappear as soon as it has been harvested. I could set my watch each evening to see them in the fields. That predictability makes for easy pickings as long as they don't sense you are there. They like to come out of the hardwoods to the field edges and graze. Very rarely do they venture out to the middle of the field. Deer are much like cows when you think of their how they eat and digest. They like to graze when they are eating. They are ruminants and use bacterial fermentation to process their food. Rumination allows deer to eat a lot and digest it later. The first stomach is where fermentation occurs. Once this section is full they will go off and chew their cud and continue to digest through all 4 stomachs. Pike County, Illinois strictly imposes game laws through thorough law enforcement efforts. Pike County, Illinois is and will continue to be one of the best-managed deer herds in the nation. For the serious trophy hunter, the shotgun / muzzloader season means one thing that’s really important. Sighting a whitetail in Pike County Illinois, in the 1950’s was a rare occurrence. If it did happen, it was usually in one of the overgrown river bottoms areas that weren’t being farmed or didn’t have hogs running on it. Pike County is located in West Central Illinois. It is bordered by the Mississippi river on the west and the Illinois River on the east. Pike county is the largest county in the state of Illinois with a landmass of well over a half million acres. Pike County would still be just an average place to hunt. The DNR in Pike County, Illinois strictly imposes game laws through thorough law enforcement efforts.

Illinois Hunting Outfitters and Guides Turkey Facts

The restoration of the wild turkey is one of Illinois great conservation success stories. Although the bird population currently hovers around 335,000 statewide, as recently as 1973, the wild turkey population was as low as 17,000. Intensive restoration efforts, such as the restocking of wild turkey and establishment of biologically sound hunting seasons facilitated the recovery of wild turkey in every county. This successful effort resulted from cooperative partnerships between private landowners, hunters. Fall was the preferred time to hunt wild turkey by most of the famous old time turkey hunters and is still favored by many traditionalists. These turkey hunting experts liked it best because it was a lot more difficult and therefore more rewarding to call in an old gobbler in the fall than the spring. Gobblers in the late summer, fall and winter become very solitary animals with very little interest in females. They do, however, gobble in the fall and there have been a few mornings in October and Novemeber that I could have sworn it was spring with all the gobbling around. On rare occasions, turkey will even come in strutting and gobbling just like spring. More likely though you won't even notice a fall gobbler coming in to your calls. He will just appear silently, looking for companionship with another longbeard but not really caring whether he finds it or not. This is a real fall gobbler. The fall season has regained its popularity recently with the ever-increasing numbers of turkey. Over 40 states now host fall turkey seasons and more and more hunters are discovering the excitement of hunting in the fall. Illinois now has wild turkey throughout the state where habitat is suitable. Harvests by hunters are now reaching their peak numbers, and habitat improvement projects are underway to continue to insure the long term survival of this proud symbol of Illinois’ forests and woodlands.  The remarkable return of the wild turkey in Illinois during these last 50 years has been accompanied by renewed interest in this incredible bird.  Each year new turkey hunters enter the woodlands and fields with hope of bagging one of the most prized North American game birds.  Veteran hunters continue to participate in the challenge and tradition of turkey hunting while introducing new hunters to this exciting recreational opportunity.

Illinois Hunting Outfitters and Guides Duck Facts

Waterfowl hunting has a rich heritage in the Prairie State and continues to be popular among many dedicated enthusiasts.  While Illinois has lost much wetland habitat due to drainage, excellent habitat still exists in many areas and is managed intensively for waterfowl.  The position of the state in the middle of the Mississippi Flyway, makes it an important stopover point to the millions of ducks and geese winging their way south from the breeding grounds every fall.  These birds provide abundant recreational opportunities for sportsmen who have harvested an average of approximately 446,306 ducksA single species of waterfowl in Illinois during the winter season outnumbers all other waterfowl species within the state’s borders combined. It is a legal game bird, with a very liberal limit of 15 per day. A few die by the gun, but most die from natural causes. At moderate range, coots look like drab colored ducks. True dabbling ducks have an iridescent patch, called a speculum, on the trailing edge of their secondary feathers. Most male dabbling ducks are brightly colored; the females are less distinctly marked. Diving ducks lack this iridescent speculum. Coots can feed like either a dabbling or a diving duck; dabbling for seeds, algae, aquatic insects, and small fish on the open water, or diving to feed on roots of aquatic vegetation, snails and worms.The estimated number of mallards, which is the gold standard for duck hunters, was 10.6 million birds. The estimated number of gadwall duck, which we see in relative abundance along the Tennessee River and Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Teal numbers look excellent as well. Green-winged teal duck estimates are 3.5 million, up 20 percent over last year's numbers.

Illinois Hunting Outfitters and Guides Goose Facts

Canada geese are diurnal, meaning that they are active during the day. They spend much of their day grazing and foraging for food either on land or in the water. Canada geese are highly social birds. While nesting, a pair will be somewhat solitary though several pairs may use the same area for breeding and raising young. During the breeding season, males may be aggressive towards humans and other animals if they come too close to the nest site or try to approach the goslings. In the fall, large flocks of multiple Canada goose families gather together for the southward migration to the wintering grounds.Both sexes of the greater white fronted goose are brownish gray in coloration. Distinguishing characteristics include a white patch at the base of the pink or orangeish colored bill and dark brown to black blotches on the breast feathers. The snow goose is a medium sized goose which has two color phases. Birds with the dark plumage are more commonly known as a blue goose. The light plumage is present on the more recognizable namesake or snow goose. The Ross’s Goose is the smallest of the three varieties of white goose in North America. Males range from 24 to 26 inches in length and weigh an average of four pounds. Females are somewhat smaller, averaging 23 inches in length and an average weight of 3.5 pounds. The Ross’s goose has a short triangular shaped bill that is pink in color
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