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Here are our most frequently asked questions.  If you don't see your question here, please email or call and we will be happy to answer any other question or concerns.

Q: How much is the permit? Where/how do I get them? What does it cover?

A: You will have to call 1-888-673-7648 to receive your permit by mail.  The price is $400.00 for 1 non-resident Combination Archery Deer Permit.  $28.75 for a 5 day license or $58.75 for an annual license.  $5.50 for a Habitat stamp.  You will be allowed 1 buck and 1 antler less deer on the permit.  You will only be allowed to purchase 1 permit.  If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

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Q: What about shooting does?

A: We encourage hunters to shoot does in some locations.

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Q: What if I kill a buck under the minimum ?

A: There is really little reason to "accidentally" kill a button buck or smaller buck on our property. We explain what to look for before you start hunting to help you minimize this problem. In an effort to improve our management efforts, any button buck shot or below the minimum on the property will result in a $1000 personal trophy fee.

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Q: What is the minimum on bucks?

A: All we care about is that it is a MATURE buck. By the time you go afield, you will know exactly what is legal and not legal to harvest on our property. A minimum buck will be 130 class on some properties and a minimum score of 140 on some of the other properties. You will know which property that you are hunting before you get into the stand.

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Q: Do you have bedding and towels or do we have to supply them?

A: Everything is supplied as far as bedding, pillows, towels, wash cloths. All you need is shampoo, toothbrush, shaving kit, etc.--personal stuff... There is a Wal-Mart in town if you need anything else. If you like, you can UPS us some things directly to the lodge. They'll be waiting for you when you arrive. Let us know, we are happy to help out with anything we can. If you need any archery, clothes, etc. there is a sports goods store in town called Strictly Outdoors.  We work together and they give our clients good deals on merchandise.

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Q: When do we arrive? When do we leave?

A: We normally run our hunts Monday through Friday. ( The only exception is the week before gun season!)  Arrive on Sunday no sooner than 2:00 p.m. (NO Exceptions) and leave on Saturday. Our non-hunter rate is $150/day. There are three major shopping malls within 45 miles.

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Q: I have a doctor's slip to use a crossbow in my state? What do I need in Illinois?

A: You will need to fill out an application for Illinois as well. We have more information or you can email or call the state for one.

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Q: What kind of terrain or locations do we hunt?

A: We have a wide variety of habitat in which we hunt. We have creek bottoms, creek bluffs, oak timbers, hickory timbers, brushy draws and hollows, agricultural fields, etc. The terrain is rolling. We hunt a lot of funnels and trail intersections.  we also have some of the best Imperial Clover food plots in the world!  Click Here to view terrain. We have over 2400 acres.

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Q: How many hunters are in camp at one time?

A: We can take up to 20 hunters per week (We average 8-12 per week). 

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Q: I have special dietary needs. Can you accommodate me?

A: We have some great cooks and you won't ever go away hungry. If you need a special diet, we are more than happy to work with you. Just let us know at least a week in advance.

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Q: What kind of stands do you hunt out of?

A: We use API Baby Grand's, High Style lock-on stands, and Buck Derby Stands for our fixed position stands along with Gland Slam and Magnums. We hang our stands at 16-20 feet or higher. If you have a problem with heights, let the guide know and he will put you in a lower location.  We also have several ladder stands at the average of 18 feet. We have several Brick house Ground Blinds also. We have over 250 stands available.

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Q: Can we hunt all day if we like? or Come in for Lunch?

A: It's your hunt and we try to work it the way you want to. If you want to hunt all day, you are more than encouraged to do so. We will take care of you. We will provide you with a sack lunch and arrange for a meeting place and/or signals if you kill something or decide you want to come in.

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Q: Can we still hunt?

A: It is all tree stand hunting (or ground blind for those who can't climb.) No still hunting or walking around. We know how to hunt these big deer. We've been doing it all our lives. If you listen to the guide and sit still and stay quiet, you will most likely have an opportunity.

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Q: Are there any other "hidden" costs that we need to know about?

A: No.  License, Permit, shipping, taxidermy, and meat processing are your responsibility. It will vary depending on what you want done, but should be about the same as your local area. There really are no hidden surprise costs. The license and permit  are the only other cost you will have until you kill an animal. Then it's just processing costs.  we do have one of the best taxidermists around to do your mount if you wish.

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Q: Do you offer muzzleloader or Shotgun hunts?

A: We offer a limited number of gun hunts per year on a separate piece of property. 

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Q: What is your success ratio?

A: Our success ratio is approximately 70-80% of our hunters the past 4 seasons have had an opportunity to take a minimum sized buck. Our good average deer will score around 140 - 160. We have several very large bucks (170+ plus!)  We have 50% to 80% repeat business most years. Our average score was 153 in 2012 and 2013!

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Q: When is the rut in full swing?

A: The first three weeks of November normally. Of course, it depends on the weather. A nice sharp cold snap that time of year....watch out!!!  Thanksgiving week is usually a very good week also.

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Q: I want to book a hunt two years from now? How do you handle that?

A: 25% down will hold your spot for the year you pick to hunt. No waiting list.

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Q: Does your brochure contain any information that is NOT in your web site?

A: Absolutely NONE! We have a very nice brochure, but our web site contains MUCH more information, including everything in our brochure. It is so much easier and more economical to keep our web page up to date. Share us with your friends! Phone numbers of past clients

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Q: Will you send a map of how to get to the lodge?

A: We will send a map of the lodge if requested 30 days before your hunt you will receive a release form and just a few questions about the way you want to hunt. i.e. What type of stands do you prefer, what type of land you want to hunt, how high you like to hunt?  There will be a self-addressed stamped envelope included. 

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Q: What airports are close to you? Will you pick me up at the airport?

A: If you are flying in and need a ride from the airport, please notify us as soon as possible with your flying itinerary. Make sure you include flight numbers and times of arrival and departure. The closest major airport is Evansville In.. There are smaller airports at Paducah KY, and Marion IL.. We charge $150 roundtrip, which covers both arrival and departure.

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Q: What is Illinois DNR's web site address?

A: http://dnr.state.il.us Illinois has a great site. Check it out.

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Feel free to give us a call if you have any other questions after reading our information.
Thanks again for your interest and we look forward to hunting with you.


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