Missouri is a state that has a well-deserved reputation for producing record-book whitetails every year. Part of the reason is because of the habitat and relatively mild winters. Much of Missouri has gently rolling hills, plenty of water and agriculture, private ground that serves as deer sanctuaries and a healthy and expanding deer herd. Some massive bucks are part of Missouri folk lore including the 333-inch monster that was found dead in St. Louis County in 1981. Another non-typical buck was shot by Kevin Thomas that net scored a whopping 282 2/8 inches. That gives you an idea of the kind of trophy potential Missouri whitetails possess. Veteran whitetail hunters know those are rare deer, but it is invigorating to know the area can produce monster bucks with record-book potential. It definitely keeps you from dosing on stand!
Realistically, a thick-antlered mature 8- to 10-point buck will make most of us go home with a big smile on our face! This outfitter produces those kind of deer, as this photo of the opening day morning results of the 2011 gun season clearly shows. Next to it are a couple 2012 deer taken with this outfitter. The outfitter is a local farmer and he has access to a significant number of exceptional private land plots.
Northeast Missouri traditionally produces some of the most impressive bucks in the state. Each year, a half dozen massive whitetails make the Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young books that are harvested in this area. Missouri ranks in the Top Five destinations in the country for P & Y whitetails. The best chance for a trophy buck comes during the bow season before guns starts banging and the woods are disturbed by other hunters. Wily, battle-wise bucks know what gun fire means. They instantly become reclusive, nocturnal and much more difficult to hunt. Consider that in deciding when to hunt. The hunts are from strategically placed stands placed well before the season. The guide gets you to your stand and comes back for you at an agreed upon time.
The outfitter is a no BS sort of guy and believes the best way to build a clientele and business is via trusting relationships and friendships instead of just collecting money and running clients through. Most of the clients are repeat clients. That says is all!
The outfitters hunting land is made of many different farms from 40 to 600 acres spread out throughout the whole county. There are agricultural lands nearby. The outfitter conservatively estimates that seeing six to 40 deer in a day is not unusual and of those, one to eight will be bucks. Weather and other factors can alter that, but this gives you an idea of what to expect.
Most bucks will score in the 125- to 145-inch range, but obviously there are much larger. Hunters need to be patient, diligent and committed if they expect to score on a trophy-class buck. Hunters will see many husky, well-fed and thick-antlered bucks that they aren’t use to seeing. Success depends on what you’ll be satisfied with. This is an exceptional hunt considering the price and the chance that an once-in-a-lifetime monster will walk in front of you. It’s difficult, but you need to pass on the 130 and 140 class deer if you’re looking at shooting a wall-hanger that tops 160-inches and up.
The lodge is nothing special from the outside, but inside looks like classic, rustic sportsman’s lodge. It consists of a large lodge built inside of a 40- x 40-foot steel building, finished off with rustic pine logs with a plethora of game heads adorning the interior. It has four bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen, a large comfortable living room, and a loft area. It’s the perfect kind of place to put up your feet, have a cocktail and relax after a long day in the field.
DEER: RIFLE (ALL HUNTS ARE SEMI GUIDED w/ meals and lodging included)
First Four days (approx Nov 16th – 26th) are priced at $3,000.
Last 4 days (approx. Nov 23 – Nov 26th) $2,500
SPECIAL TWO BUCK 10 day COMBO HUNT: Last 5 days of Archery season and first 4 days of Rifle season at $5,000.
BLACKPOWDER: Four day hunts – Dates Dec 28 – Jan 7 at $2300.
Bow hunts are 5 days or 7 days, and pricing varies depending on dates.
• Early Season bow (Sept 15-Oct 19) , $2,000 with five days guiding, meals and lodging. Target undisturbed deer in feeding patterns.
• RUT HUNTS: If you prefer to hunt the rut, then plan your five-day Archery hunt between Oct 20th and Nov 15th at $,2,500
• COMBO BOW HUNT: You hunt both the early and the late season bow hunts- can take two bucks. $3600 Deer are hitting the food plots heavily and are easier to pattern.
The combination of a variety of agriculture, rolling hill and big woods that makes this area outstanding for deer is equally as good for turkeys. Long-bearded Eastern gobblers can be heard calling from the ridges each morning and the chances of waylaying one of these trophy birds is almost a given. The outfitter offers three-day semi-guided hunts for $800 with a two-bird limit. You can stay at the lodge, do your own cooking or eat out. The hunts are semi-guided, but the outfitter will instruct you on the lay of the land and areas where gobblers like to roost and strut. Licenses are over the counter. Eastern turkeys are some of the largest and wiliest birds that you will ever hunt. Missouri is considered by many to be the No. 1 ranked destination in the country for Eastern turkeys. Thick, paint brush-quality beards, thunderous gobbles and trophy birds up to 24 pounds insure you’ll be impressed with these Kings of Spring! He also offers FULLY GUIDED TURKEY HUNTS FOR $1100.
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