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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: springfeild twp,mercer co
I know of an outfit in illinois, small family run lodge. They hunt 12 guys/week on 8000 acres, 5 weeks/ yr. Last 2 years they killed 5 b&c bucks each year, plus a bunch in the 140 and up range. Success runs around 40%, shot opportunity about 70%, and their minimum is 140. That's the kind of place you want to go, it's cheaper than WH and you stay in a 750k lodge, not a converted farmhouse or camp trailer like many do at WH. The owner and guides live there and eat with the hunters, they don't hide after hunting hours, and they don't hunt. You got a problem or complaint, they're right there.
Most of those big outfitters simply cannot keep stands fresh or give personal attention when you run the kind of volume they do. And despite the fact that you're in illinois, Kentucky, or some other great state, older deer will leave the area if they get pressure and/or careless hunting. Theres alot of very lightly hunted ground in the midwest and those deer simply move away from pressure to lighty hunted or unhunted ground nearby. Been there, seen it. It ain't pa.