New Whitetail Deer Hunt In Illinois


Published: May - 1998

Thought you might be interested in a brand-new whitetail deer hunt being offered starting this coming season in Calhoun County, Illinois, located just northwest of St. Louis. This bow and/or shotgun hunt will take place on 1,500 acres of private property that has never been commercially hunted before, and the owner/operator, Gary Lane (RR 1 Box 142A, Kampsville, IL 62053. Tel. 618-576-2626), knows farmers with about 3,000 more acres nearby who may also host clients. A couple of friends and I bowhunted here this past November at Lane's invitation. We missed three trophy Pope and Young bucks and saw or passed on other bruisers. Lane himself harvested a 10-pointer that grossed 163 points on a later hunt.

This fall, Lane will be offering five-day pre-rut archery hunts from October 1 to November 1 at $500. Hunts during the rest of the archery season, which runs through January 1999 except during the two shotgun seasons, will cost $1,250 for 4 1/2 days. The shotgun seasons occur on the weekends before and after Thanksgiving. These hunts will cost $2,500 per weekend. Hunters may choose to hunt one shotgun season and one 4 1/2-day archery hunt in combination for $3,500. All hunts include one doe and one buck. Lane will charge a penalty for bucks with fewer than eight points.

He is really focusing on trophy management, having spent about $6,000 on food plots. Guide service of any amount needed is included, but I recommend bringing your own stand. Accommodations will be in a restored 1865 log cabin that sleeps eight. Clients will receive a dinner voucher for a nearby restaurant that has the best catfish fritters anywhere. For breakfast and lunch, Lane will have clients fill out a grocery shopping list for him to buy before their arrival; clients will prepare their meals in the cabin.

As regards licenses, archery hunters may purchase their licenses over-the-counter upon arrival. Non-resident shotgun hunters must apply for one of a limited number of licenses between mid-July and August, but licenses are usually easy to get. Both types........(continued)

 
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