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Indiana Hunting Outfitters & Guides
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Summit Lake Hunting Preserve
14267 E State Road 114
Akron, IN  46910
Ph 574-893-4880

Welcome to the Summit Lake Hunting Preserve where you can escape from the city and enjoy the great outdoors! We'll help you plan the perfect hunti Our professionally-released Pheasant, and Chukar are a great way to test your hunting skills. The fields provide a natural game bird habitat that will help you anticipate the hunt of a lifetime.You may also increase your chances of success with a professional guide service complete with a well-trained bird dog that enjoy the hunt even more than you! Once the day is done we have cleaning and packaging services available for those who wish to relax and relive the day's events while the work is done for you.  In order to help meet your hunting needs, we raise our own birds to release as you require. We raise them from chicks to have an ample supply of game birds on hand when you want to hunt. Our birds are fast, sporty birds to help you enjoy your hunt. In addition to the pheasants and chukars we've offered in the past, we now also have Bobtail Quail available for release.
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 deer 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. This assures that the deer  have a chance to grow into trophy quality animals for future hunts. Four lodges, this allows a group of four or more hunters to utilize a lodge for themselves, two cooks and guides are provided for your convenience and comfort. Since we only book a limited number of guests each week, the opportunity to secure a trophy whitetail derr is expected to continue well into the foreseeable future. From camp you will travel to one of our many pre-scouted deer stand locations. Your hunt can be as challenging as you desire since our farms' terrain varies from almost level to steep forested draws. This allows us to accommodate hunters of all ages and physical abilities.
   
FISHING

Bass
Summit Lake Hunting Preserve
14267 E State Road 114
Akron, IN  46910
Ph 574-893-4880
 While we feature hunting at Summit Lake Hunting Preserve, we're named for Summit Lake and the lake is waiting for those of you who prefer to enjoy the great outdoors fishing We provide the lake. You provide your own boat and the tackle.As a natural lake in Northern Indiana you can catch these types in our lake:
 
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Indiana Hunting Outfitters and Guides Deer Facts

Indiana remains one of the best kept secrets in North American hunting. Few hunters know about trophy whitetail deer potential in this state, which ranks number 6 in the U.S. for record book whitetail harvests. In 2002, the IDNR implemented a one buck rule, which has been the subject of much debate, since it may have an effect on Quality Deer Management. Indiana deer tags are over the counter and very inexpensive. We had a 180 class typical come off of one of our Indiana hunting leases in the 2002 archery season. A 167 net non-typical deer was taken in the 2001 shotgun season. Most lessees don't like to brag about what they find on our hunting leases, but these are just a few of the trophies that have been brought to our attention. During spring and summer, adult whitetail deer have a sleek reddish-brown coat. A newborn's coat is patterned with white spots, which help the fawn to blend with its surroundings. In August and September, the summer coat is shed; the fawn loses its spots and prepares for winter along with adult deer. The brownish-gray winter coat is thick and helps insulated the deer through the winter. Deer are in their prime at three to six years of age. They may live to 20 years or more in captivity, but in the wild, a whitetail deer that lives to age 10 is considered old. Weights vary considerably, but an average adult male weighs 175 pounds while a female weighs about 120 pounds. Deer are creatures of habit and generally occupy a home range of one to two square miles. Have you ever watched a bounding deer and been amazed at its ability to move gracefully and quickly through even the densest cover, as if it knew the exact location of each break in vegetation? Maintaining a relatively small home range, the deer becomes intimately familiar with its surroundings- a good strategy for survival in the wild.


Indiana Hunting Outfitters and Guides Turkey Facts

The Hoosier State isn’t known as a turkey hunter’s paradise. But the hunting can be quite good and may be as good now as it has ever been. Property owners and game managers are working hard to provide quality whitetail habitat in Indiana and turkey are also benefiting. The state had a record harvest of just under 14,000 birds in 2010. Numbers have slightly declined since but turkey hunting is still at it’s peak in the state. Indiana’s turkey population is estimated at around 125,000 turkey. The vast majority of turkey are taken on private land but there are plenty of quality public land opportunities for hunters. Some of them are open to all hunters, some are by drawing only. As always, check regulations before hunting. Here are some of the best public land turkey hunting areas in Indiana. Over 200,000 acres, the Hoosier National Forest is the largest public hunting property in the state. However, there are four separate units and parcels spread about wide areas. Knowing the boundaries is vital to prevent mistakenly trespassing. Don’t let that keep you away. It’s still one of the best places to hunt turkey in the state and does include Indiana’s only wilderness area. Several hiking trails make access to spots deep within the forest easier. The habitat is diverse with ridges, ravines, open fields, and bottom lands. Hoosier National Forest is open to all hunters throughout the statewide season. Turkey need a variety of habitats close to each other to fulfill their seasonal requirements. In late spring and summer, open areas with leafy vegetation offers bugging habitat for poults. In fall and winter, woodlands offer food and shelter. In early spring, woodlands with interspersed open areas and thick ground cover are essential for breeding turkey displays and nesting habitat. Turkey need a variety of habitats close to each other to fulfill their seasonal requirements. In late spring and summer, open areas with leafy vegetation offers bugging habitat for poults. In fall and winter, woodlands offer food and shelter. In early spring, woodlands with interspersed open areas and thick ground cover are essential for breeding displays and nesting habitat. The wild turkey is separated into six recognized subspecies.


Indiana Hunting Outfitters and Guides Pheasant Facts

Indiana Pheasant will range in weight from 3.5 to 4 lbs, Hens will range in weight from 2 to 2.5 lbs. The insulating effect of habitat moderates windchills, thus providing a warmer and less energy-demanding microclimate for pheasant. Birds, like dogs and cows, do not sweat to air-condition their body, they must pant (rapid inhaling and exhaling) to remove excess body heat Through most of the growing season, pheasant can survive on the moisture they consume in insects and the morning dew on vegetation. Male pheasants are called 'Roosters' or 'Cocks' and females are called 'Hens' A typical rooster accumulates a harem of three to seven hens. After hatching, pheasant chicks immediately begin growing flight feathers, and are capable of short flights at 2 weeks Pheasant do not migrate, they stay relatively local all year long. On flat ground, a ringneck pheasant can run at speeds of 8-10mph, Pheasant can fly up to 48mph, During egg laying, the hen seeks out calcium and protein. Her diet will contain 10 times more calcium than the rooster's diet. The average length of a hen is about 20" (50.8 cm) where the average length of a rooster is approximately 36" (91.4 cm) Pheasant main predators include: Fox, Raccoon and Skunk (as chicks) and Man, Fox, Hawks and Owls. Pheasant, a native to China, were brought across the Pacific in 1881 by Judge Owen Nickerson Denny in an inital batch of 30 (with 26 surviving the journey) Pheasant eat berries, seeds, young shoots and insects and prefer open country with brushy cover. Through most of the growing season, pheasant can survive on the moisture they consume in insects and the morning dew on vegetation. During the summer, insects comprise considerably more of the chick's diet and weed seeds more of the adult's diet.


Indiana Hunting Outfitters and Guides Duck Facts

Indiana is on the Mississippi Flyway, which stretches from Ontario in the northeast through the entire state. There are three waterfowl zones in Indiana, though those lines are likely to change in the next few months, so the boundaries as of the writing of this article are in a state of flux. Better to check carefully on the DNR website for the various boundaries before you decide where you want to hunt, and then of course consult with one of this website's guide-partners for specifics in that area. There are several good areas to hunt waterfowl. The northern third of the state has most of the remaining natural wetlands plus an abundance of natural lakes. The Wabash River corridor in southwest Indiana can be excellent, particularly when the river is above flood stage. Public hunting is available in most areas of the state. The best coverage is in northern and southwestern Indiana, with the central Indiana area providing less good hunting opportunities.  And you'll note that this article is relatively short and concise, because there are no arduous regulations or special complex caveats. Everything is pretty straightforward. The total duck harvest for the 2010-11 season was 90,000, though this is 16,000 below the five-year average of 106,000, which is a more realistic number (last year was a remarkably difficult year for duck hunting, due to weather). This coming season should be great, due to the very mild winter etc. that the Midwest has had in 2011. Indiana's number one harvested duck is always mallard, with wood ducks coming in second. Third changes year-to-year, but is usually American green-winged teal or gadwall. 


Indiana Hunting Outfitters and Guides Goose Facts

As for Canada geese, in 2010 Indiana hunter shot an estimated 74,000. This is above the five-year average of 67,000. Indiana does have some Canada geese in conflict with humans. These are dealt with in two ways: Through hunting and through issuance of permits to destroy nests and relocate birds to huntable public areas on a case-by-case basis. In addition, education of landowners on goose habitat preferences is an important part of Canada goose management. 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.
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