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On Deer, Whitetail Hunting in Illinois United States

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 9540 Weapon Used: Muzzleloader How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: December 13, 2013 to December 15, 2013
Place of Hunt: United States - Illinois
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Mike Pavlick; Golden Triangle Whitetails. Tel. 708-828-2378; Web www.goldentrianglewhitetails.com
Personal Guide (if any): Grant Calloway
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Deer, Whitetail - Availability: Did not see a trophy buck
Game Condition Comments: Illinois has lots of deer.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Fair
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: N/A
Name of Airline: Airline Service: N/A
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $2250
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $342
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Only 2 small bucks taken in 3-day muzzleloader season by approximately 30 hunters, and very few over 130" were seen.
Highlights of Hunt: Met some good people from all over the United States and had a good time overall.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? n/a
Why? At least not the late muzzleloader hunt. Perhaps if they were wanting to bohwunt earlier in the season or perhaps the first gun season (but not the late muzzleloader hunt), as this outfitter has produced a lot of very big bucks over the years. By mid-December, however, I believe that there are simply a lot fewer bucks left, and the ones that are still alive have been heavily pressured and have become essentially nocturnal.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Don Sangster
Contact Information: Tel. 416-933-5744 - 2455 Conquest Drive | Mississauga | Ontario | Canada | L5C 3B7 E-mail: donsangster2@symaptico.ca
Hunting Experience: Extensive. In particular, have been on outfitted/guided whitetail hunts in Alberta (x2), Ontario (x2), Quebec, Iowa, Ohio, Texas and Illinois (x2).
Physical Condition: Very good


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
The outfitter, Mike Pavlick, is a good and honest guy. Unfortunately this was seemingly an off year and this hunt was not very successful. He apparently takes about 200 hunters per year, and they apparently shot nearly 80 deer last year, which is a very good success rate. I know that Illinois' first gun hunt in 2013 was also way down statewide from 2012, but 2012 was perhaps unusually high. This year the state had reportedly the best (and sweetest) acorn (a deer's favourite food) crop people can recall, while last year there were apparently no acorns to speak of. In 2012 they also got some decent rains in September that greened up turnips and other food plots so the deer came to the food plots to feed during daylight. This year, they didn't need to come out of the bush as a result of the acorns, despite lots of snow and cold temperatures, at least not during hunting hours. It appeared to me that the deer I saw showed signs of being heavily pressured, as even does and small bucks are very skittish after 3 months of hunting. Be aware that most of the guides are quite young, but this is just a "semi-guided" hunt anyway and each guide is generally assigned just one certain farm to hunt for his 2-3 hunters (so you are generally limited to hunting just one farm). Although the outfitter has farms in Pike, Brown, Adams and Schuyler Counties, your license is only good for a particular county.



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