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.
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.
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.
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.
3-Nights and 3-Days
$1495.00. Second Eastern turkey can be harvested for $500 if you have a second tag.
Mid-April to Mid May
5-Star Lodge with all of the amenities
Meals, lodging, professional guide service, in-field transportation, and trophy preparation.
Hunting licenses, tips
The outfitter will assist you in the application process.
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
For detailed information or to arrange this hunt please contact Rick Kennerknecht at 888-850-HUNT, Ext. 702 or Cell: 307-259-9603.