Hunters at The Break may also hunt on a 120-acre island in the middle of the Mississippi. It produced two eight-pointers and two does last year for three hunters. Success rates for the entire operation over the last three years have run at 65 to 75 percent. Most hunts here are from tree stands placed at strategic spots. The largest buck ever taken at The Break scored 184 B & C, and the average score over the past three years has been right around 140.
Owners John and Sue Caldwell charge $1,100 for the three-day early shotgun season, as well as for the four-day late shotgun season in December. The above price includes as much guide service as you need, meals and lodging in their very comfortable and beautiful A-frame lodge. In fact, I have never seen such service and comfort provided at a Midwestern hunting lodge.
Permits cost $110 and entitle you to one deer of any sex. They must be obtained through the statewide lottery, but the chances of drawing a permit in Hancock County run about 95 percent. Applications can be furnished by the Caldwells by mail as you make your arrangements with them. Illinois residents may apply for permits during the month of April. Non-resident deer hunters must have their applications on file before August 14, 1998. For more information, contact John and Sue Caldwell at The Break Hunting Preserve.