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Illinois' Ohio River Outfitters offers trophy whitetail hunting in the heart of Illinois deer hunting country. Located along the banks of the mighty Ohio River, our property has some of the richest agricultural land in Illinois. The fertile Ohio River Valley soil is loaded with the minerals and nutrients it takes to grow Monster Whitetails. This high quality food source, mixed with the bluff country hardwood forests, make up some of the best whitetail habitat Illinois has to offer. So come and "HUNT THE ILLINOIS GIANTS WITH US."
We are a small whitetail and turkey outfitting service that is located in Southeastern Illinois. Most of our hunts take place in Hardin County which is considered Illinois' first and final frontier. It is the smallest and least populated county in Illinois. This is the corner of the state that offers the road less traveled. Not only will you get a great whitetail hunt with us but a backwoods adventure as well. Many hunters ask how we compare to the famous "Golden Triangle" of Illinois, and that answer is simple. When comparing Boone and Crockett kills by county one must take into consideration the land area of the county. The famous "Golden Triangle" counties are some of the largest counties in Illinois, so yes they will be putting out more Boone and Crockett numbers than smaller Illinois counties. For some reason Illinois counties are much smaller in the southern part of the state. Our county of Hardin is 5X smaller than Pike County. So don't be fooled by the Boone and Crockett numbers per county. It has already been proven that the true "Illinois Giants" come from all over the state, not just the "Golden Triangle". Most Illinois Outfitters offer several thousand acres of hunting land that is spread out over several counties, but what they don't tell you is ninety-percent of that land is flat, tillable, and basically non-huntable land. Our properties are much different with roughly 65% hardwood ridges and river bottoms, and the other 35% in agricultural fields, CRP, and high nutritional food plots. The hunting land consists mainly of OaK/Hickory hardwood ridges, low lying agricultural farmlands along the river, nasty river bottom thickets that hold huge whitetails, and rugged bluff country overlooking miles of the Ohio River country.
A highly nutritional food source of Mossy Oak Biologic blends, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, clover, and acorns provide the nutrients whitetails need to reach trophy class standards on our farms. Combine this great food source with our 130" minimum on harvestable bucks and the result is awesome whitetail hunting. We take pride in our family owned property and know that the key to growing these monster bucks has four factors: great food, great habitat, great genetics, and great age structure. Hunters are kept to a minumum in our camps to ensure low hunting pressure. With several thousand acres of superb habitat whitetails are able to thrive and reach maturity on our farms. So don't be another face in the crowd with the overpriced outfitters and give Wade a call at (618) 201-6905 to discuss your next Illinois Deer Hunt.
"I had been hunting Alberta for the past several years and got tired of the hassle and high prices of hunting Canada. I called Wade Gibbons with Illinois' Ohio River Outfitters in 2010 and have been booking Combo hunts with him since. My first year I killed a huge 10pt. with my bow, then came down so sick I had to go home, missing the entire gun season. During this year's combo hunt I killed a great 8 pt. with my bow and another huge 10pt. with my muzzleloader, plus 3 fat doe for meat. These guys really know their stuff and I would recommend them to anyone wanting a great Illinois deer hunt. The food is great and the hunting is even better. Thanks again guys. See you again in 2013." George Wheeler- Dothan, AL.
2014 Reference List
Chris Doster - Georgia (678) 618-2967
Rickey McCart - Georgia (770) 616-3809
George Wheeler - Alabama (540) 460-7180
Jason Cartwright - Florida (305) 409-7501
Adam MacDonald - N.H. (603) 296-7387
Cody Love - Louisiana (573) 837-8348
Tim Verkamp - Indiana (812) 630-7431
Ted Zeringue - Louisiana (985) 981-1271
......and more references available