IOWA WHITETAIL HUNTS

IOWA WHITETAIL HUNTS

Iowa has been consistently producing trophy whitetails and is responsible for an incredible number of Boone & Crockett class bucks entered into the record books. Here you might arguably find some of North America’s finest free-range bow and late season gun hunting for giant trophy whitetail bucks. Our outfitter operates in some of Iowa’s best big buck country, annually producing many fantastic whitetails, and hosts a number of whitetail hunting TV shows with much success. Year-round scouting and the use of food plots, mineral licks, doe management, trail cameras, and shed hunting worked in conjunction with the local terrain, and agricultural practices translate into high success rates at exceptional bucks. Here you have a good, honest chance at a record book Whitetail.  Our outfitter also caters to spring turkey hunters, as well as offers exciting waterfowl and pheasant hunting packages, which can be added on to various fall whitetail hunts. It should be mentioned that all Out of State hunters must apply for Deer or Turkey hunting license. The application must be done in May, and hunters are notified by Iowa DNR in either June or July if they have been successful.  Archery tags can take as much as 3 years to draw, but late-season gun tags (shotgun/muzzleloader) can be obtained nearly every year.  To apply, or for more information, please visit www.iowadnr.gov.

IOWA DEER HUNTING OUTFITTERS

Mike Dixon with a giant 195″ buck taken with a bow.

Our outfitter scouts are year-round to give each client the best opportunity to harvest a world-class buck. Trail camera vigil and shed hunting ventures play vital roles while scouting. An assortment of food plots is also planted and maintained across the hunting areas, such as clover for the earlier seasons, and turnips for late season. Food plots are always established in conjunction with agricultural practices which are together used to both grow big bucks and get them into the shooting range of hunters. These results lead to many tree stand and blinds established among strategic locations throughout the various properties. New and additional properties are always being secured where our clients have sole access to these prime hunting locations. Not even the landowners hunts these areas, and each property is only permitted 2 deer harvests annually to maintain low pressure and high quality.  Over the years, our hunters have experienced harvest success rates as high as 75%, but with nearly 100% shot opportunity. The average bucks taken score an approximate 150 gross inches or more and are 4.5 years or older. There are no trophy fees, and hunters are encouraged to harvest the biggest bucks they see.  In an effort to groom for exceptional free-range quality, the outfitter does charge a management fee or penalty of $1500 should a hunter harvest a buck scoring less than 130 gross inches. This is enforced simply to ensure that hunters are aware of the management and quality deer efforts being taken.

Setting & Conditions

In Southwestern, Iowa expects a nice mix of habitat, picturesque of a trophy Midwestern whitetail deer hunt.  Rolling hills lead to river bottoms, and wooded ditches and brushy fence lines intersect patches of heavy timber.  The backdrop to this whitetail labyrinth is set in a sea of rich agriculture and vast CRP grasslands.

In terms of planning for weather, Iowa seasonally experiences one extreme to the other during the fall. Some years it can be 80+ degrees during bow season, while temperatures can plummet to -20 degrees or more during the late gun season,  and everything in between. Depending on what stage of the season you are hunting, please pack and dress accordingly. Thinner scent controlling, woodland camo pattern layers are best earlier, gradually leading to heavier layers and eventually snow camo as the season progresses. During times of extreme cold, heated box blinds can be used, and expect snow on the ground during the gun seasons.

Accommodations

The lodge was constructed in 2006 and a second is currently underway. At 2400 square feet it has all the amenities of the home complete with Wireless Internet, a rec room with pool & card tables, a big screen satellite TV, and a bar that can be stocked upon request. Four bedrooms are each complete with queen-sized beds and air conditioning if desired, and the lodge can sleep as many as 8 comfortably.  The living room has 14-foot ceilings, decorated with many quality taxidermy mounts to admire, many of which are local trophy whitetails. There are two bathrooms, each with a shower, as well as a washer & dryer. The lodge also includes a full kitchen where staff will prepare 3 home-cooked meals for the hunters. A deck with a beautiful view overlooks stands of timber and stocked ponds in which guests are invited to fish when not otherwise hunting. A hot tub is built in the deck should you choose to unwind after a long day. An indoor archery range is directly next to the Lodge when hunters can tune or shoot their bow to their heart’s content. Daily housekeeping service and friendly staff will do what they can to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. The lodge is also wheelchair accessible, as well as some of the blinds to comfortably accommodate any handicap hunters.

Getting There

Greg’s big 8 years old

The lodge is located in Montgomery Country (Zone 4) of southwestern Iowa. In relation to nearest urban centers by road includes 1 hour 15 min southeast of Omaha NE, 2 hours southwest of Des Moines Iowa and 2.5 north of Kansas City MO. The majority of US-based hunters choose to drive their own vehicles direct to the lodge, however, others may choose to fly to one of the nearby cities (mentioned above) and rent a 4×4 vehicle for the duration of their hunt. Airport pick-up and drop-off service is not customary but can be specially arranged for a fee if absolutely required, but it is strongly encouraged to rent a vehicle.   Hunters are to arrive on Sundays and hunt five days, Monday through Friday, typically departing on the following Saturday.

Details

5-days hunting – Trophy Whitetail Deer – Bow – mid-Oct–Nov- 2016/2017 – $4500
5-days hunting – Trophy Whitetail Deer – Shotgun – early-mid Dec- 2016/2017 – $5000
5-days hunting – Trophy Whitetail Deer – Late Muzzloader –Late Dec- 2016/2017 – $5000

Waterfowl / Upland (Pheasant & Quail) Hunts – $250/day per hunter (Minimum of 2 & 2 days)
Non-hunting observers are welcome at $100 per night

Included

All accommodations and home-cooked meals during the hunt
Complimentary beer, liquor, and soft drinks
Professional guiding and transportation during your hunt
Hunting opportunities for trophy Whitetail Deer, waterfowl & upland birds (if seasons overlap)
Field dressing, capping and trophy preparations for the taxidermist
Meat preparation for home if desired

 Not included in the cost

Government Taxes
Hunting Licensing (Out of State Deer License $426, General Hunting $112, Habitat Fee $13)
Shipping and handling of a trophy to the taxidermist
Tips and gratuities to guides & lodge staff
Pre and post-trip accommodations and travel

SOUTH TEXAS WHITETAIL HUNTS

SOUTH TEXAS WHITETAIL HUNT COMBO

Experience a classic Whitetail hunt in the Hill Country of southwest Texas! Hunt trophy whitetails on an intensively managed privately owned 6000-acre low-fence ranch surrounded by prime habitat. All hunts are 4 days – 5 nights in duration and professionally guided.  In addition to boasting healthy populations of Whitetail deer, free-ranging Axis & Fallow deer, Aoudad, Black Buck, Catalina Goats, Rio Grande Turkeys, and Hogs all utilize the ranch at least seasonally and exist in good numbers. Free-ranging exotics can be hunted year-round and can be added to your whitetail package for the makings of a classic, free-range Texas safari!  Additional Whitetail bucks can also be added for a trophy fee. Two Whitetail does are also included in your trophy Whitetail package at no additional cost! This both assists the outfitter with ranch management practices and helps you fill the freezer. To stretch your Texas hunting experiences further, two Rio Grande Turkeys of either sex are also included in any general Whitetail hunting package for no additional cost! Unlimited Hogs, predators and varmints also provide free, bonus opportunities during any whitetail hunt! Factor in 3 gourmet meals per day, along with 5-star luxury in our newly renovated 3,000 square foot lodge with all amenities and a true Texas Ranch feel – and you have the makings of amazing hunting experience.  As you can see, this affordable package is so much more than just a Whitetail hunt.  It’s an all-inclusive, premier southwest Texas Hill Country hunting adventure!

HILL COUNTRY DEER HUNTING

Scour the ranch for a trophy whitetail using a combination of stand hunting, rattling, and spot & stalk. When in a stand or blind, count on lots of traffic among the various species while sitting over bait, a water source, travel corridors, or other strategic areas. Our typical whitetails generally range from 125-145+B&C inches, but possibilities at 150-160+ inch bucks are always present.  Spend time actively pursuing game with your guide and expect high success rates, with near 100% opportunity.

This 6000-acre ranch receives strict management practices to boost both trophy potential and biodiversity. The wildlife is closely managed in year-round trail camera monitoring and feeding programs. This consists of high protein forage and corn to provide for optimum body and antler growth, increasing trophy abundance, and potential.  The outfitter’s mission is “Ranching for Wildlife”.   Actively maintained are 16 corn feeders and 9 protein feeders which provide wildlife the nutrients they need to thrive. This promotes excellent fawn development and antler growth throughout the year. Several ponds have been enhanced or established to offer wildlife with a valuable, year-round source of water curbing any effects of drought. These management initiatives have all been tailored to be most effective during the critical times of the year.

The entire property operates on the low fence, fair-chase hunting for Texas whitetails, and Rio Grande Turkeys in their native range. To further management initiatives 2 whitetail does are included in each Whitetail packages at no additional cost. Whitetail hunters may also take 2 Rio Grande Wild Turkeys, provided they are in season.  Should you wish, consider adding a second trophy whitetail buck to your package or pursue completely free-range trophy exotic species such as Aoudad, Axis &Fallow deer, Black Buck, and Catalina goats for a reasonable trophy fee. You are sure to encounter some during your Whitetail hunt. There are no high-fences to confine any animals to certain locations offering a true, sportsman’s challenge with excellent results. Ideal Exotic Dates include; Axis Deer (Jan-May), Aoudad (Sept – Jan), Black Buck (Aug – Nov) Fallow Deer (Aug – Nov), Catalina (Year-round), Hogs (Sept-April).

SETTING & CONDITIONS

This hunt occurs in the southwest Texas Hill Country south of Sonora of on a private, family-owned 6000 acre intensively managed low-fence ranch. Steep cliffs and large brushy valleys make for both challenging but very huntable terrain. The ranch is overall quite rocky and rugged. Treed portions are dominated by Mesquite, Oak, and Cedar trees which in turn provide perfect cover for Whitetail & Axis deer, hogs, and wild turkeys. Foliage is up and the landscape is green mid-March to mid-November. Multiple maintained ponds also ensure biodiversity on the ranch and a valuable resource for the local wildlife. Conditions are generally warm and dry but cool down in late fall and winter. Frosty mornings during late-season deer hunts should be expected.

ACCOMMODATIONS

This is an all-inclusive hunt and consists of 4 days and 5 nights in our newly renovated 5-star, 3,000 square foot lodge that is both rustic and luxurious while offering a true Texas Ranch feeling. Unbeatable hospitality, and enjoy 3 gourmet meals each day, internet and satellite services, lounge and common areas, as well as an ensuite bar, porch, BBQ, and fire pit area. Truly, a home away from home, and count on the excellent staff to help provide you with the best Southwestern Texas hunting experience.


GETTING THERE

The ranch is located not far south of Sonora Texas. Typically hunters drive direct to the lodge, or choose to fly into one of the nearby airports.  Depending on your point of entry, the outfitter can arrange for airport pick-up and drop-off services for a fee if you wish. Vehicles can also be rented at any airport for the duration of your hunt. The options are flexible and in accordance with your preference.  Hunts are 4 days/ 5 nights, so plan to arrive on a Wed, and hunt Thursday to Sunday, then depart on a Monday morning.

DETAILS

  • 4-Day hunt – x1 Trophy Whitetail – Texas Regular Season (Firearms) – Nov-Jan – $3,400
  • 4-Day hunt – x1 Trophy Archery Whitetail – Texas Archery Season – late Sept – late Nov – $3,400
  • Package includes x2 Whitetail Does & x2 Rio Grande Turkey (if in season), as well as unlimited Hogs, predators and varmints at NO additional cost to your 4-day trophy whitetail package!
  • Additional Trophy Whitetail buck or Free- range trophy Exotic – $2,200
  • Additional Whitetail Doe or Free Range female Exotic – $600

ALSO OFFERED

  • 4-Day -fully guided -x1 Trophy Free-Range Exotic Hunt – Year-Round – $3400
  • 3-Day- semi-guided Spring Turkey Hunts -x2 bearded Rio Grande – March – April – $1350
  • 2-Day -semi-guided -Texas Wild Hog Hunts – NO limit, size/age restrictions -April -Sept- $950

INCLUDED

~ 5-Star accommodations  for 4 days /5 nights
~ 3 gourmet meals daily during your, plus snacks during the hunt
~ Professional guiding and all transportation during your hunt
~ Actively baited hunting locations
~ Skinning, Caping and trophy preparations for the taxidermist
~ Field dressing, cold storage and meat preparation for transport

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST

~ Texas Hunting Licensing prior to your arrival
~ Contact Texas Parks & Wildlife; (800) 792-1112 or online
~ Shipping and handling of the trophy to the taxidermist
~ Tips and gratuities to guides & lodge staff
~ Pre and post-trip accommodations and travel

TERMS OF BOOKING HUNT

~ Hunter to provide all contact info for invoice development, issued upon booking
~ 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot
~ Checks and Credit Card are both accepted (3.5% surcharge for Credit Cards)
~ Global Sporting Safaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be sighed and returned.
~ Final 50% payment is due no less than 60 days prior to your hunt date
~ All hunts are in US dollars
~ Total costs of the hunt are fixed. There will  be no refunds for any hunter leaving early

TEXAS WHITETAIL HUNTS

Hunt the former Tecomate Ranch in south Texas on more than 5,000 acres carefully managed to produce some of the largest native deer in the state. Trophies over 200” are possible every season with a ranch record scoring close to 241”. Bucks in the 150” to 170” range are abundant with excellent opportunity at 180” and larger giants. Incredibly, there are more bucks than does on this property.

With the help of Texas Parks and Wildlife a high perimeter fence was erected more than a decade ago, and since that time the deer on the property have remained 100% wild, native deer—no deer farm transplants and no genetic manipulation.

TECOMATE WHITETAIL NATION

Hunters should fly into McAllen or Harlingen, Texas, where they will be picked up by the outfitter and driven approximately two hours to the ranch. Flying into San Antonio and renting a car is a third option. The drive from San Antonio is approximately three and a half hours. Once at the ranch travel is by 4WD vehicle. Lease hunters will have 4WD Jeeps to use at any time they wish to hunt.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The ranch consists of multiple buildings and bunkhouses that can accommodate large parties if necessary. Hunters will have their own room, most with ensuite bathrooms and showers with electricity, heaters, AC and TVs. Cell service is fair to good.

TEXAS WHITETAIL OUTFITTERS

 

Expect sendero-style rifle hunting from elevated box blinds and tripod stands. There are many areas and blinds to choose from, most allowing for shot distances as far as hunters are comfortable.

Expect to arrive 30 minutes before shooting light and to hunt until late morning or until the activity has slowed before returning to the ranch house for lunch and a nap, with the evening hunt resuming in the mid-afternoon. Hunters have the option to hunt all day long, which is recommended during the December and January rut.

Most of the ranch vehicles have corn-dispensing feeders that aid in drawing high numbers of deer into the Senderos. Corn and supplemental food plots are managed year-round to sustain the highest trophy quality possible.

Additionally, this property boasts some of the largest numbers of javelina we have encountered on any hunt. The purchase of a $315 nonresident hunting license allows for a harvest of deer as well as up to two javelinas. Predator hunting is free of charge and excellent. Most hunters will have the opportunity to harvest bobcat during their stay. In Texas, completion of a hunter safety course is required for every hunter born after September 2, 1971.

TEXAS WHITETAIL HUNTING SEASON

Whitetail hunts begin early in November of each year, with prime rut during the months of December and January. This qualifies for Texas’ extended season, allowing clients to hunt through the end of February.

Duration of Hunt

Packaged hunters have the flexibility of choosing their own hunt dates and duration. Unique to this destination is the opportunity for clients to return as they wish throughout the season, within reason, at no additional cost. Observers are complimentary if accompanying a packaged hunter.

Texas Hunting Lease Option

Lease hunters will enjoy incredible pricing far below the market average for native deer hunts. Lease hunters are allowed one trophy buck of any size plus one management buck scoring up to 160”. Approximately half of the ranch property is allocated to lease hunters so that there will be no interference with package hunters. Lease hunters will also enjoy complimentary accommodations throughout the season as well as the use of one 4WD Jeep.

2020-2021 TEXAS WHITETAIL HUNT PRICING

140″ to 149″

$4,500

150″ to 159″

$5,500

160″ to 169″

$6,500

170″ to 179″

$7,500

180″ to 189″

$8,500

190″ to 199″

$9,500

200″ to 209″

$10,500

210″ to 219″

$11,500

220″ to 229″

$12,500

Javalina

$400

Quail Hunting

$500/day

Texas Hunting Lease Option

Includes one buck of any size plus one management buck up to 160.  $11,500

Non-hunting Observer

Complimentary

MERRIAM TURKEY HUNTING SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota offers some of the finest bird hunts in the country, and one of its many specialties is Merriam turkey hunting. This is the destination of choice for hunters in pursuit of this impressive species.

 

THE TERRAIN

This outfitter offers tens of thousands of acres of private land in South Dakota’s West River region, dominated by fields and creek bottoms that are full of turkeys. Some hunts will take place in the Black Hills. The outfitter also offers eastern wild turkey hunting in Iowa.

Be prepared for a wide range of temperatures; days can range from as high as 70 to as low as 40 degrees, with some nights sinking below freezing.

THE HUNT

It isn’t uncommon to spot more than two dozen gobblers in a single hunting day out here. Whether you’re young or old, a first-time hunter or a forty-year veteran, this outfitter will be able to provide you with the exciting and memorable Merriam turkey hunting experience you’re looking for.

Turkey decoys and Double Bull blinds will be provided for your hunt.

TAGS AND APPLICATIONS

Hunting options include:

Merriam Prairie Spring Turkey – Two guaranteed state lottery gobbler tags
Black Hills Turkey – One guaranteed state lottery gobbler tag

The outfitter will assist you with the application process upon request, whether you’re applying for firearm or archery hunting. Shotgun tags are available through a draw and are nearly guaranteed. Archery tags are unlimited and completely guaranteed.

Tag drawings are held from February–April, and, some years, during May as well.

THE QUARRY

Merriam turkeys in South Dakota usually weigh between 16 and 22 pounds; beards are generally eight inches long or longer, and spurs range from three-quarters of an inch to one and three-quarter inches.

 

THE LODGE

This outfitter maintains a very comfortable lodge with room for up to half a dozen adult lodgers. There are two full-sized beds that are convenient for couples. There are also two full baths, including showers/tubs. The deck and large windows provide an excellent view, and the home-style atmosphere and cooking will help you relax at the end of every hunting day.

Telephone access is provided (though you’ll need a calling card—these are available for purchase at the lodge), as well as satellite TV, a VCR/DVD player, and wireless Internet.

FOOD AND DRINK

Alcohol is allowed at the lodge, but none is provided—in other words, BYOB. You’ll have access to a refrigerator to keep everything cool, as well as a microwave for any extra food you decided to bring along. Meals and snacks will be provided: make your own breakfast from the variety of foods in the lodge; enjoy simple lunches of sandwiches, beverages, and chips that are provided for you in the field, with snacks to tide you over between meals; and, at the end of the day, sit down to a real homemade dinner and dessert.

Call today or fill out the form below and let us know what type of Merriam turkey hunting experience you’d like to have. We’ll send you information on opportunities that match your goals. Our experienced outfitters are second to none and we’re happy to share personal experiences with you.

Hunt Duration

3-full days of hunting.

Hunting Methods

Blinds

Rates

2-bird hunt just $1750.00

Seasons

Mid-April to Mid May

Accommodations

Cozy Ranch House, comfortable beds, satellite tv, wireless internet, home-cooked meals, beverages, and snacks provided.

Includes

Meals, lodging, hunting license and tags, professional guide service, in-field transportation, and trophy preparation.

License & Permits

The outfitter will assist you in the application process. The draw has been 100% success.

Travel Specifics

Fly to Rapid City, South Dakota, and outfitter can arrange pick-up.

Additional Info

For detailed information or to arrange this hunt please contact Rick Kennerknecht at 888-850-HUNT, Ext. 702 or Cell: 307-259-9603.

ILLINOIS TURKEY HUNTING

If you’re looking to bag some big Eastern toms and have a great time doing it, this Illinois turkey hunting outfitter is well worth your consideration. Surrounded by a gobbler’s all-you-can-eat buffet of milo and CRP fields alongside perfect hardwood forest, it’s exactly the sort of location every turkey hunter wants to find. Add their skilled and dedicated guides to the picture and you have the perfect hunt.

THE LODGE

This lodge is built for your comfort. You’ll be provided with breakfast, lunch, and supper, all homemade and large enough to satisfy the sizeable appetite you’ll be working upon your hunt. At the end of each day, you can play some pool in the rec room or just unwind by the fireplace. You’ll wake up every morning of your three-day hunt feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready to get back in action.

TERRAIN AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The terrain is a mixture of hills, fields, river bottoms, and pastures stretching over several thousand acres. Some of this terrain can pose a considerable physical challenge; being in good shape will be an advantage, as you’ll be able to go anywhere the turkeys go. However, the guides are more than happy to accommodate any level of physical fitness, and being a little out of shape won’t be a big problem.

 

THE HUNT

Your Illinois turkey hunting trip will be fully guided, with one guide to each hunter. No more than eight hunters are allowed to hunt each week in order to make sure that you won’t be crowded out of the field. The guides take care of calling during the hunt, but you can certainly call as well.

This outfitter averages a 90% opportunity rate. The average Eastern gobbler found here weighs over 20 pounds, with spurs ranging from three-quarters of an inch to one and a half inches long, and beards ranging from eight to twelve inches.

TAGS, LAWS, AND RESTRICTIONS

You’ll need to acquire your turkey tags before the hunt. You can get them from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources; call them at 217-782-7305 or visit their website: http://dnr.state.il.us.

If you have a second permit for the same season, you’ll be allowed to take a second turkey for $500 extra.

Illinois turkey hunting laws require the hunt to stop at 1:00 PM every day.

Only first-time hunters are allowed to harvest jakes.

 

Bowhunting is permitted.

Guns are required to be plugged and cannot be capable of holding more than three shells at once.

Shotguns can be anywhere from 10 gauge to 20 gauge. Shotshells must be between four and six-shot.

Smoking is not allowed in guide vehicles or in the lodge.

YOUTH HUNTING DISCOUNT

Children under the age of 16 who are accompanied by an adult hunter can hunt at half price.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

There’s plenty to do in the afternoons and evenings after the end of your hunt. Fishing, wing shooting, sporting clays, and mushroom hunting are all available or just relax in the lodge and swap stories by the fireplace.

Call today or fill out the form below and let us know what type of Illinois turkey hunting experience you are looking for. We’ll send you information on opportunities that match your goals. Our experienced outfitters are second to none and we’re happy to share personal experiences with you.

Hunt Duration

3-Nights and 3-Days

Hunting Methods

Ground Blinds

Rates

$1495.00. Second Eastern turkey can be harvested for $500 if you have a second tag.

Seasons

Mid-April to Mid May

Accommodations

5-Star Lodge with all of the amenities

Includes

Meals, lodging, professional guide service, in-field transportation, and trophy preparation.

Not Included

Hunting licenses, tips

License & Permits

The outfitter will assist you in the application process.

Travel Specifics

St. Louis, Missouri – 80-miles NE of St Louis
Chicago, Illinois – 275-miles SW of Chicago
Kansas City, Missouri – 357-miles NE of Kansas City
Springfield, Illinois – 78-miles SW of Springfield
Quincy, Illinois – 50mmiles SE of Quincy
Hannibal, Missouri – 40-miles SE of Hannibal

Additional Info

For detailed information or to arrange this hunt please contact Rick Kennerknecht at 888-850-HUNT, Ext. 702 or Cell: 307-259-9603.