RR1 Box 210
Xenia, IL 62899
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 5,000 acres of prime land in Wayne and Clay counties in Xenia Illinois (100 Miles East of St. Louis). 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.
2058 Old Route 121
Lincoln, IL 62656
Big Oak offers upland game bird hunting, including quail, pheasant, and chukar. We can arrange separate bird hunts, or work the bird hunts into your deer schedule. Our bird hunting runs from October 1st, until April 15th. Big Oak also offers dove hunting to members only, free of charge. Bird cleaning is also available for a nominal charge. Add some bird hunting to your deer hunt, and you won't have a moment of idle time... unless you want it.
46744 255th Avenue
Pittsfield, IL 62323
Welcome to Butler Farms Outdoor Adventures, where hunting is still a sport! Since 1996, we have been a Whitetail Deer hunting outfitter in beautiful Pike County, Illinois. West Central Illinois is world-renowned for it's quality whitetails and amazing countryside. We also offer some of the best Spring Turkey hunting adventures in Illinois.
401 Colbrook Drive
Springfield, IL 62702
Come hunt with the PRO's! Referred to as the “most premier” whitetail hunting destination, we host elite, extremely serious and savvy hunters like you, on the hunt of a lifetime. And we have one of, if not “THE BEST” percentage of opportunity to harvest not only a mature (130 – 140+) but the largest buck most of our clients have ever seen!
Route 1
Golconda, IL 62938
Imagine float-fishing on the picturesque Big Grande Pierre Creek, having a once-in-a-lifetime chance at a record Illinois whitetail buck, or going on a guided spring wild turkey hunt in breathtaking Southern Illinois in the very Heart of the Shawnee National Forest.
11964G Oak Creek Parkway
Huntley, IL 60142
The perfect upland bird hunting day awaits you at Coon Creek Hunt Club. Whether you want to sneak out of the office for morning hunt or spend an entire day hunting our grounds, we’ll make sure your hunt is a memorable one. Located only 45 Minutes from Chicago. Memberships range from individual to premium and start at $1050 per year. They include access to the clubhouse during business hours, ability to bring guests, dog training, and a 4 bird per gun minimum release. Non-member packages are also
16620 W. 266th Street
Illinois City, IL 61259
Located near beautiful Illinois City, in Rock Island and Mercer Counties, Illinois, Copper's Creek Outfitters™ offers one of western Illinois' best areas for trophy turkey and whitetail. Copper's Creek Outfitters™ can provide guided hunts, lodging, and great memories to those who want the best out of turkey and deer seasons.
R.R.1 Box 227
White Hall, IL 62092
Over 3,000 acres of privately owned professionally managed land, excellent cover and food for wildlife. Using European Game Management methods to insure quality hunts and good bird populations. Featuring Upland bird, Plantation Style, and Overseas Style hunts for chukkar, wild quail, pheasant, partridge, and dove. Five day archery, bow & arrow, shotgun, black powder, and handgun deer hunts are also available. As well as, 3 day turkey hunts on a 400 acre private refuge and trophy bass fishing on
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Eldred, IL 62027
No-nonsense, no-bull, self-service hunts. We cater to experienced hunters who don't need and don't want to pay for "expert" trail guides. We currently feature self-service turkey and deer hunts on 2,000 acres of wilderness and farmland in West Central Illinois (located in Greene County, across the river from Pike County and within sight of Hardin, Illinois).
10825 Carolyn Court
Orland Park, IL 60467
Welcome to "Hunt Golden Triangle Whitetails 'BIG BUCK' Country". Come experience Trophy Whitetail Hunts on over 13,000 private managed acres in one of the best whitetail hunting areas in the nation; ADAMS, BROWN, PIKE & SCHUYLER County Illinois. Groomed for both the Novice and the Experienced Hunter.
RR1 Box 8A
Nebo, IL 62355
Visit Heartland Lodge for legendary Pike County Illinois deer hunting, in one of the finest whitetail deer hunting lodges in the country! Heartland Lodge is located in the middle of incredible pike county Illinois deer hunting country. Located between the Mississippi and Illinois River drainages, Heartland provides habitat that is perfect for large bucks. The four key ingredients to having a quality deer herd are all found at Harpole's. You must have genetics, food, habitat, and a good age
16168 State HWY 96
Rockport, IL 62370
At Hopewell Views, you'll experience some of the finest upland bird hunting that you can be found anywhere. Our hunting areas consist of over 2500 acres of rolling hills switch grass, nature prairie grass, Milo food plots, and wood lines. Hunt some of the strongest and fastest flying pheasant, chucker, Red leg partridge and quail that you've ever experienced. Our professional guides have numerous years of hunting & dog experience. You will hunt behind well trained English pointers, English sette
RR 1 Box 121B
Simpson, IL 62985
Illinois Ohio Valley Trophy Hunts is located in the southernmost part of Illinois in the fertile Ohio River Bottoms, also known as the deer capital of Illinois. We offer the ideal environment for harvesting trophy Whitetails. The natural make-up of our land coupled with the extensive time and effort put into enhancing our property provides you with the best trophy hunting opportunity.
2114 County Rd 1800 E.
Crossville, IL 62827
Lamont Outdoors provides hunting opportunities for Illinois and Indiana archery, muzzleloader, and shotgun seasons. Our trophy management system protects younger bucks from being harvested prior to maturity. Archery hunters are encouraged to harvest one doe and are allowed to harvest one buck with a minimum score of 130 Pope & Young. Firearm hunters are allowed to take either one buck (same minimum score of 130 Pope and Young) or one doe. A fee is imposed for deer shot below the minimum
R. R. #1 Box 61
Kinderhook, IL 62345
The Land of Legends Outfitters is located in one of the most serene and prime whitetail regions of Illinois, in legendary Pike County. We have practiced extensive trophy management for nearly 20 years. Several trophies taken at Land of Legends have received 1st place honors in the annual Pike County Illinois Deer Camp. The Pike County Deer Camp was established to display and score trophy animals.
23438 State Hwy 14
Macedonia, IL 62860
Experience the diversity of Macedonia Game Preserve! This diverse habitat makes the preserve an excellent choice for a variety of game. Lush woodlands provide cover. Fence rows and waterways provide a perfect setting for game birds. Macedonia also provides wildlife habitat by planting food plots to entice specific game animals and upland birds. This diversified setting is the perfect combination for whitetail deer, quail, pheasant, chukar, dove and turkey hunting.
19225 Oak Grove Church Rd.
Eldorado, IL 62930
Welcome to Oak Grove Outfitters. We offer excellent whitetail deer hunting for 4 to 6 people on well over 1000 acres in Gallatin and Saline counties in Southern Illinois. As you may already know, Southern Illinois is the home to many of the biggest trophy whitetail bucks ever taken. Southern Illinois is known throughout the world as a hunting destination not only for trophy bucks but also as a state that allows all hunters a good chance at killing a whitetail.
PO Box 3
Elizabethtown, IL 62931
Ohio River Outfitters offers trophy whitetail deer hunting in the heart of Illinois deer hunting country. We are located in Southeastern Illinois along the Ohio River. Most of our deer hunts take place in Hardin County, which is considered to be Illinois' first and final frontier. A Quality Deer Management system has been in effect for the past 10 years. Our outfitting service was the first in the area to manage for world class whitetails. The time and effort put into managing for trophy
19212 Hunting Club Rd.
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Otter Creek Hunting Club offers secluded acreage with a wide variety of activities for the sportsman. Open to the public 7 days a week by appointment. Located approx. 50 miles from St. Louis. Pheasant, Quail, Chukkar, Deer, and Turkey Hunting Available.
486 1600th Avenue
Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548
At Prairie View Acres, we offer a once-in-a-lifetime ring neck pheasant hunting experience. We are located right in the heart of Central Illinois in Logan County. A majority of our terrain is covered in prairie grass, food plots and other pheasant habitat that resemble the days of the prairie. We also offer excellent deer & dove hunting.
411 Douglas Dr.
Olney, IL 62450
Ridge Outfitting is located in rural Richland County in the heart of Southeastern Illinois. This rural area is noted for its blend of farm ground with sizeable patches of timber. Hundreds of acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, and clover planted each year mixed with large patches of timber make for a winning combination. At Ridge Outfitting you will have a good chance at getting that perfect turkey or that trophy whitetail buck.
2900 East 12330 North
Forrest, IL 61741
Consider this your personal invitation to come hunt with us in beautiful Central Illinois. With hundreds of acres of prime Pheasant cover and only a stones throw away from Chicagoland, Rooster Heaven is your Hunting Paradise. Whether you like a private hunt, just you and your dog, or an outing for you and all of your hunting friends and family, ROOSTER HEAVEN is the place to do it. Our beautiful Lodge is at your disposal before and after your hunt so come on down and stay the night with
995 E. County Rd. 1550
Hamilton, IL 62341
Smokin Gun Hunting Lodge is located in Illinois, just 2 mile from the Mississippi River. The best way to find us on a map. Look where Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois all join. Smokin’ Gun Hunting Lodge welcomes you to a truly unique hunting experience! We’ve introduced Pheasant, Bobwhite Quail along with existing Wild Turkey and Deer. Smokin’ Gun Hunting Lodge will furnish specialty packages tailored to suit your needs for both groups and individuals.
2345 St. Paul's Church Road
Arenzville, IL 62611
One of Illinois' best kept secrets, The Strut & Rut Hunting Lodge offers trophy white-tail deer and turkey hunting in Western Illinois. Low hunting pressure in Morgan, Scott and Cass Counties will provide hunters with an excellent hunting experience. Strut Rut is located across the river from Pike County. Just over 2 hours north of St. Louis, Missouri and mid-way between Springfield & Quincy, Illinois, we are easily accessible, yet wonderfully secluded on almost 5,000 private acres.
3733 E. Snake Trail Road
Martinsville, IL 62442
The Quail Shed, operated by Don Stephen and Clifford Neames, is based near the town of Casey, Illinois in Clark county. As the name indicates, it began as a pen-raised bird hunting operation, which offers the upland game hunter great shooting for strong-flying pheasants, quail, and chukkars. Our bird hunting is done in planted fields, where hunters enjoy fun times afield in a safe atmosphere! Let us know what you want to shoot, and the birds will be waiting!
17009 Ruppel St
Petersburg, IL 62675
We have one of the finest Trophy Whitetail destinations in the U.S.A. Timberland Outfitters, Inc. is located in Central Illinois. Our location is in the middle of what whitetail enthusiasts call the "Illinois Triangle," long noted for producing Illinois' largest bucks. Timberland Trophy Outfitters was created so we could provide a personalized, high quality, and exclusive hunting experience for our clients. We have exclusive hunting rights on multiple leases of prime whitetail habitat that
13388 N 875th St.
Newton, IL 62448
Turkey Creek Lodge was created for the sole purpose of providing a high quality and exclusive hunting experience for our clients. * Whitetail Bow Hunts * Upland Bird Hunts * Waterfowl Hunts * Turkey Hunts * Fishing The concept for our family owned and operated lodge was developed when we realized that there were few options for hunters who wanted the best all around experience. Being avid hunters ourselves, the owners of Turkey Creek Lodge have hunted through many
25226 County Highway 13
New Canton, IL 62356
Xtreme Management Hunts LLC offers exclusive fully guided and semi-guided PikeCounty Illinois Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunting and Turkey hunting.We are located in Pike County Illinois, Iowa, and Mossouri. The midwest's premier Trophy Whitetail Hunting locations. Firearm hunts and Archery hunts are offered on a limited basis to maintain a low pressure hunting environment. Extensive managment practices and maintaining year round nutrition with various food plots ensure our Trophy Whitetail Deer and
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Illinois Deer Hunting

To many people, Illinois consists of "Chicagoland" – and maybe "some points south." Illinois is far more than just Chicagoland. And regardless of what some say, those who live in Illinois are far from just "Flatlanders." There are wide and plentiful wildlife hunting acreage, very beautiful wilderness topography and scenic beauty – plenty of inland water - -like in lakes and rivers, and large, diverse groups of hunting enthusiasts.

One special hunting opportunity is the revered whitetail. And you can believe it when we tell you that Illinois ranks right up there with both Boone & Crockett (firearms) and Pope & Young (archery) whitetail records and listings. Plenty of trophies. Varied seasons. Good harvest (including trophies), each year.

The Illinois DNR (IDNR) is to be commended for its newly revamped website: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov. In all of our research we have yet to come up with anything from any other state that comes even close to the excellence of this new site. Simple and easy to navigate. Chocked full of essential information. Plenty of references to whatever it is that a hunter might want to know. And frankly, we were impressed by the lack of self-serving bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo on the site. In addition we were figuratively blessed by being able to discuss deer hunting in Illinois with a dedicated IDNR person named Tom Micetich, Deer Project Manager. Tom is not only a great source for "plain talk" info, but is an enthusiastic and dedicated deer hunter, as well. He "thinks" like a hunter, not some "above it all" bureaucrat. We will provide all the IDNR contact info at the end of the article.

Here are some basic facts that you'll want to know. The Illinois whitetail population is "guestimated" to be between 750-800K. While not a management goal, the statewide availability of high quality, antlered deer is a by-product of sound deer management practice. Annual harvest varies, but generally comes in just a little less than 200,000 per year. A little more than half of that is from firearms, about a third from archery, and the balance from muzzleloader, youth, and late winter hunting. There is a multitude of public hunting acreage all over the state - -and yes, private landowners also allow deer hunters to use their property.

There's a youth hunt, special regs and opportunities for the disabled and you can generally do some type of deer hunting from the beginning of October to about mid January. And yes, that means that archery season. starts a little later than some other neighboring states. Seniors 62 and older and special permitted disabled can use crossbows. So in effect, all bases are covered in Illinois. If you want to hunt deer, Illinois will be able to provide that opportunity for you. It's that simple – and Illinois, to its credit tries to KEEP IT SIMPLE.

Oh yes- - not to worry (pun intended) - -you will have to deal with 102 different counties- - with different regs, different seasons, different quotas, etc. For instance you can archery hunt in all 102 Illinois counties, but firearm hunting is prohibited in Cook, DuPage and Lake counties, as well as the approximate easterly half of Kane County - -(Chicagoland et al).

So. . . it's the usual "jumble" of regs, BUT, having said that the IDNR website discusses pretty much everything- - and we've got an even better idea: Use this site and select one of the super-good deer hunting guides or businesses that partner with us – they'll KNOW what you can or cannot do in any particular area they guide in, and you want to hunt in. Simple and easy -- and yes, they can and will be able to give you your best chance for a trophy.

One somewhat, but not totally unique reg, is the one which says that all firearm and muzzleloader permits are issued by lottery (resident and non-resident). All are issued for a specific county, or special hunt area. So "zero in" on where you want to hunt, and go from there. Don't do it "a** backwards."

We were also told that Illinois is so proud (and rightfully so) of its special hunting seasons for those with disabilities and youth, outside of the regular hunting seasons. It's all pretty much on the website.

By the way, our experience is that Illinois has all the infrastructure you want - -anywhere, anytime, anything. And there are all kinds of local organizations and affinity groups that value deer hunting as much as you do. The IDNR will be able to supply you with contact info for just about any area.

One final thing - -we noted that there isn't much discussion or reference to "toll roads" which Illinois uses, and contiguous states, don't (e.g. Wisconsin and Minnesota as examples). We believe that those types of facts should be disclosed - -they add to the cost of a trip, and while not a major "deal breaker" for hunters we feel our readers should be made aware of such information.

 

Public Land For Deer Hunting In Illinois:

Illinois Deer Hunting Stats

2008 Illinois Deer Hunting Tag Fees:
$15 resident/ $30 nonresident

Estimated IL deer population:
800,000 Deer

2007 IL deer harvest:
198,670 Deer Harvested

Illinois Deer Hunters:
380,000 Hunters

Public hunting land in Illinois can be tough to find. Many public grounds offer limited access for deer hunters and the lands that are available get hit pretty hard during deer season. With that said, there is some still some great public land available for those that don't mind a little hard work  both scouting and getting to the stand.  Any public land deer hunter in Illinois should give serious consideration to the Shawnee National Forest.  The shawnee National Forest is located in the southern tip of Illinois and features oak and hickory covered habitat  which compared to much of the rest of Illinois is quite rugged.

Another public hunting ground which should be on every deer hunters list is the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie located in the northeastern part of Illinois. When compared to  the  Shawnee National Forest, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is relatively small—but still offers 6,409 acres that are open to public hunting.  The Midewin does not offer any drive-in access, but for those hunters that don't mind a bit of a walk the reward can be small areas of land with less hunting pressure then the easy accessible areas.

 

Illinois Hunting Links:

Pike County Minimize

 Pike County in Illinois has a well deserved reputation as the mecca for the pope and young huntes.  In my opinion some of the best odds of harvesting a large antlered deer are with an outfitter or guide service in a closed or leased option area. It is possible ot shoot a nice buck on public land in Illinois but every time I have been invited to an area that has less pressure or better managed, the results have been dramatically better.  Consider an outfitter or guide service if you are looking for that big buck of a lifetime.