Tips for Planning Your Deer Hunting Trip

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Pike County, IL -( Serious whitetail fanatics know that you can’t count on just “luck” to bag a great buck on your next hunting trip.

A successful hunt isn’t determined only by what you do while you’re hunting; it depends on the work you do before the season even begins. Whether you plan to hunt your own land, or you hope to book a dream trip with an outfitter, it’s important to start planning early.

Plan Ahead

  • It’s never too early to start planning for your deer hunt.
  • In the off-season months, hunters can check, prepare, clean, and repair gear; read instructional books or watch videos; replace or charge batteries; renew or obtain hunting licenses; and get in some target practice.
  • You can even get your gear packed and ready to go, weeks before opening day. Many hunting websites offer helpful deer-hunting checklists so you can be sure you’ve gotten everything done (and taken care of any glitches) before you set off for the treestand.

Choose Your Location

  • If you have your sights set on a guided hunting trip, do plenty of research, both online and by phone, so you know your options and so you’re sure of what to expect and what you’ll get… before you pay for it.
  • Spend some time “scouting” a few websites. Look for updated information and photos; check out policies and services; find out how many acres and how many stands they have; and inspect the quality of the deer that the clients are taking.
  • It’s also important to know how the land and the herd are being managed. Outfitters like Hadley Creek, who offer fully guided archery and firearm hunts on thousands of acres in Illinois’ Pike County, manage so the age structure and the trophy quality of their herd improve each year.
  • For instance, in their earlier years of operation, with a 130 minimum in place, a 150-class buck was cause for celebration.
  • Now that a 150-class buck is close to their average size, clients often take home 160’s and above.

Of course, hunters know that bagging a trophy buck with an outfitter requires more than well-managed land; it takes experienced, knowledgeable guides to put you in the best positions. Guided deer hunts should provide an opportunity to work with someone who is intimately familiar with the land and with the patterns and the preferences of the deer that live there.

Book Early

  • Hunters also know that the best outfitters tend to fill their hunting spots quickly, so be sure to book your deer hunt early.
  • The folks at Hadley Creek Outfitters advise booking a hunt as soon as your schedule permits.
  • Much sought-after times; like their prime rut period, can fill up fast.

About Hadley Creek Outfitters

If you’re a serious whitetail hunter you undoubtedly know Pike County Illinois as one of the best, if not the best place in North America to hunt trophy whitetails. We began offering guided whitetail hunts in 1997 on a thousand acres of Pike County Illinois land with one lodge, a small dedicated staff of part time employees, a dream and a goal. That goal was simple… to make Hadley Creek the best free-range trophy whitetail outfitter period! That goal and commitment has driven every decision we make, from the number and quality of acres we hunt, to the amount of pressure we allow on our deer.

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Duncan Lance
Duncan Lance
2 years ago

I do like that you remind readers to look into how the land and the heard are being handled. After all, if you plan to go on a big hunting trip with friends then you will want it to be successful. That is why it helps to look into the success rate of that property before you book your trip there.

Jaque Christo
Jaque Christo
3 years ago

Thank you for the tips on planning your deer hunting trip. I definitely like the idea to clean and prep all your gear before the trip. That way you have it all packed and ready to go knowing it’ll work and function properly when the time comes.

Georgia Boothe
Georgia Boothe
4 years ago

It’s definitely never too early to book the hunt and start preparing! I have a bad habit of waiting too long to book, and end up missing out on the peak of the season. I’ve ended up setting reminders in my phone each year to make sure I contact hunting outfitters early!