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SMALL ALBERTA OUTFITTER
GETS 8 RIFLE TAGS PER YEAR

At press time 5 of the 5 hunters had tagged bucks and he had 3 more hunters to go on what he thinks is his best week. The current top 2 bucks taken grossed in the 150’s. In 2012 their 8 hunters tagged 5 bucks, a MONSTER 200-INCH BUCK, 182-INCH 4X5 with a sticker, 162-INCH 4X4 WITH 26-INCH MAIN BEAMS AND 13-INCH G-2’S, 150 and another buck over 140.  The 3 unsuccessful hunters were repeats that passed on bucks up to 150 inches.

In 2011 he only had 5 tags and they took a 169, 165 and a 155-inch buck.

2010 the best buck taken gross scored 186 Boone and Crockett. They also took a 4x4 scoring 160 and another 150 plus buck. In 2009 the best buck went over 175.

This outfitter is an hour and half north of Edmonton and he hunts 70 percent private farmland and about 30 percent bush. He mainly hunts the last 2 weeks of November and has 6 tower stands and 4 ground blinds, all heated.  Hunts are Sunday to Sunday, 6 hunting days for $5,000 plus license. Ranch house accommodations, home cooked meals and Edmonton airport pickup is included.

He will take one or two archers in late October for only $3,500 for 6 days and more days can be added. He also offers 6-day moose hunts for $5,000 in early November. HCU’s Scott Steinkruger has hunted with this outfit. Hunt WD832.  Pictures  from this Hunt.

 

GREAT SASKATCHEWAN AREA
20 HUNTERS TAG 17 BUCKS

At press time this outfit had hosted 20 hunters and 17 were successful. Best bucks for 2013 grossed in the upper 150’s and the overall average was just shy of 145 points.

In 2012 the numbers totaled 24 bucks for 28 hunters and the best buck taken gross scored 183.  Average bucks taken scored in the mid-140’s. 4 repeat hunters were holding out for really big deer and HCU’s Scott Steinkruger hunted the same week as two of them and they both passed on 150 class bucks.

At press time in 2013 they were 5 for 6, one hunter held out and the best buck grossed 155.  The outfitter also has a duck guide that will take out hunters after they tag their buck for only $100 per day. Duck hunting is normally available on the first and second deer hunts.

This longtime outfitter recently purchased a proven quality operation in northwestern Saskatchewan near Meadow Lake, an area known for really big deer with terrific genetics. The past outfitter has been producing monster whitetails for several years and had been managing their herd with a 140-inch minimum. It has superb accommodations and they normally use heated double bull blinds on bait sites.

This outfitting family is not new to the business.  HCU has worked with them for over 15 years and they run top quality hunts. This new operation will fit into the schedule, as their sheep and moose hunts will have finished up in early October, in plenty of time for the Saskatchewan hunts.

6-day hunts are $4,800 plus tax and license at about $300. Hunters fly into Saskatoon and rent a car for the 3 ½ hour or Edmonton for a 5 ½ hour drive. Archery hunts will be the last week of October and rifle hunts typically run from early November up to and including the first week of December. HCU’s Scott Steinkruger has been on this hunt. Hunt WD119.  Pictures  from this Hunt.

 

ILLINOIS/MISSOURI OUTFITTER
HUNT THEIR PERSONAL FARMS
VERY LIMITED HUNTERS

Here are a couple HCU hunters that own farms in Illinois and Missouri and decided to open them up to a small number of hunters last fall. These properties have been managed for themselves including food plots, cameras and stand placement for several years.

In 2013 on the Illinois property, 307 acre piece, they had 4 archers take 2 bucks, 170-inch beauty and an 8-point just shy of 140. One archer missed a 150 and the other saw over 25 bucks.  Gun season had not started at press time. In 2012 they took 2 archery bucks, a 150 and 147-inch 8-point. They had 3 gun hunters take one buck grossing over 180 inches.

November 1 to 20 archery 5-day rut hunts are priced at $3,000. November 22 to 24 and December 5 to 7 shotgun or muzzleloader 3-day hunts are $3,000. 3 days of archery followed by 3 days of gun is priced at $3,500. Hunters stay at a Motel 6 real close to the farm at their own expense, about $60 per night. Meals, guide service and all transportation during the hunt are included.  In Missouri they own a 550-acre farm that has been managed for trophy deer. 5-day archery hunts from November 1 to 19 will be priced at $2,500 and 5-day rifle hunts November 16 to 20 will be $3,000. Includes lodge or cabin accommodations, meals and guide service.  Hunters fly into Peoria or St. Louis and rent a car. 
Hunt WD696 Pictures  from this Hunt.

 

MONTANA RIVERBOTTOM
WHITETAILS $3250
100% SUCCESS PAST YEARS
ON BUCKS OVER 140-INCHES
PRIVATE RANCHER/OUTFITTER

This rancher/outfitter runs a small personal operation taking about 3 or 4 whitetail deer hunters per year in southeastern Montana on several thousand acres. Success has run 100 percent past years on whitetails in the 140 to 160-inch class. He also takes about 6 muley bucks averaging in the 160-class Boone and Crockett with a chance on 170 to 180-inch deer. Deer tags are good for either mule deer or whitetails.  Where else can you go and be almost guaranteed to take a 140-inch whitetail or better for only $3,250 and you can stay in the states?  You will have the opportunity to look over quite a few bucks while enjoying the southeastern Montana scenery or you could opt to take a muley instead.

In 2013 he had 4 whitetail hunters and they had scored on 4 bucks, including a 165 and 3 in the 145 to 150-inch range. In 2012 he took 4 whitetails and the best buck scored 167. Mule deer are typically 100 percent success on bucks gross scoring from 155 into the 170’s or better.  5 days guided 2x1 is $3,250 and if you draw an antelope tag he allows you to take one the first 2 weeks of deer season at no additional charge.  Hunters pay for their own restaurant meals and lodging in a local motel for about $60 per room.

Hunt dates are about October 20 toThanksgiving. Hunters fly into Rapid City or Billings and rent a car for the 2 and a half hour drive.  Montana has changed their deer license program, so now you can typically draw an elk/ deer license for $944 and then apply for the special draw for bull elk in this trophy unit and it is very unlikely that you would draw so you should get back $383, so your deer license is only $561. If you do draw the elk tag this is a great trophy unit and the outfitter will upgrade your hunt to include a bull on a trophy fee basis for only $2,500.  Montana now allows you to purchase a bonus point from June to September for $50. Deer/elk draw deadline is March 15 and pronghorn draw deadline is early June. Hunt WD427.  Pictures  from this Hunt.

 

 

SMALL SASKATCHEWAN OUTFITTER
HIGH SUCCESS 6-DAY HUNT $3500

HCU has worked with this small outfitter on both his whitetail and bear hunts with great success. Typically deer hunts run around 90 percent success. 2013 rifle hunts were in the process at press time. They had an early freak snowstorm hit the day before the opener and it dumped over 2 feet of snow, knocking over trees and blocking the trails to the bait sights. It took days before they could even get to enough stands to hunt, so at the week’s end only one hunter had taken a buck out of the six. The second week was more in line with all 6 hunters scoring on bucks, all in the 140’s and 150’s.

In 2012 the best buck grossed 160 inches and 3 more were taken in the 150’s. The overall average was a little over 140. Most years the average has been 145 and top bucks go in the 160’s with the occasional monster being taken.  6-day rifle whitetail hunts in November are only $3,500. He has 25 heated box blinds about 8 to 12 feet off the ground. Nice two story cabin accommodations right on the lake with good fishing. This is a super priced hunt and airport pickup can be arranged from Saskatoon. Taxes are about $210 plus deer license at $350.  Openings are very limited. Hunt WD577 Pictures  from this Hunt.

 

HUNT IOWA BRUISERS
BOW OR GUN $3400
6000 PRIVATE ACRES

At press time they had just finished up 3 weeks of archery, October 27 to November 15. 19 hunters tagged 10 bucks, top 2 went in the 160’s and overall they averaged 145 gross points. 3 bucks were hit and lost, including one real good one they had on trail cam. He will take 5 gun hunters the first season December 7 to 12, 6 on the second December 14 to 19 and finish up with 4 hunters on the late muzzleloader hunt sometime between December 26 and January 10.  2012 archery hunts went 8 for 18, best bucks included a 182, 174, 165, 162 and a 160-inch deer. 5 bucks were hit and lost.

They have over 6,000 private acres that are enhanced with plenty of food plots in south central Iowa, Zone 5. They enforce a 140-inch minimum rule and take a very low number of hunters considering the large amount of property, which really helps the trophy quality. They use over 100 lock-on stands and a dozen ladders stands. They also have 10 blinds built on stilts for gun hunters.

All hunts are 6 days bow or gun at $3,400 plus 5% tax. Arrive Saturday, hunt Sunday to Friday and leave Saturday. They have 2 camps about 25 miles apart. The North Camp is fairly new with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and holds up to 4 hunters. The South Camp is an old farmhouse and it sleeps up to 6.

Draw deadline is in May and it normally takes 2 preference points to draw the archery tag or 1 point to draw a gun tag. Call us to acquire your preference point or apply. Hunt WD799.  Pictures  from this Hunt.

 

SMALL KANSAS OUTFITTER
PRODUCES TROPHY BUCKS
ARCHERY $3000 RIFLE $4000

This outfitter has 8 different properties totaling over 15,000 private acres in southeastern Kansas.  One property includes 6 miles of riverbottom on both sides and has alfalfa fields. He also enforces a 135-inch minimum with a $400 penalty.  2013 muzzleloader hunts went 2 for 7. A big 180-inch deer was taken along with a 150 and a real big buck was missed.

Archery hunts appeared to be slow all over Kansas and the same was true for this outfitter.  2013 archery hunts starting late October and running through November 21 ended with 5 bucks for 12 hunters including a 155, 150, 140, 136 and a dink. At press time 5 more bowhunters were coming in late November. Rifle hunts had not started yet.

2012 muzzleloader hunt went 2 for 3, including a 162 and 153-inch buck. 2012 archery season was 5 for 10 including a 177, 147, 145, and 2 at 140. Rifle hunts were 3 for 4 with 2 bucks going in the 160’s and a 120.

5-day November archery hunts are $3,000.  Rifle hunts December 4 to 8 are $4,000 and December 11 to 15 is $3,500. Muzzleloader hunts in late September are $3,000. Nice lodge accommodations, home cooked meals and airport pickup in Wichita can be arranged or you can rent a car for the 50 mile drive.
Hunt WD316.  Pictures  from this Hunt.

 

NEBRASKA HUNT PRODUCED
167, 161, 159-INCH WHITETAILS
181, 176, 171-INCH MULEYS
WHITETAIL $3500 MULE DEER $4000
MULE DEER/WHITETAIL COMBO $6500

This outfitter has an extensive high protein feeding program and it is paying off. He has also been trying to educate his hunters into holding out for better bucks.

He has over 100,000 private-acres northwest of North Platte with over 8 miles of Platte River bottom land, it is a whitetail paradise.  In 2013 his archers took 4 bucks including a double drop-tined 183-inch beauty, a 161, 159 and a 133. All archers had 100 percent opportunity on 130 class bucks or better. He had a total of 23 whitetail rifle hunters over the course of two hunts out of two different camps. They took 17 bucks averaging close to 140 inches and the top bucks were 167, 161, 159 and a 148. 13 mule deer hunters harvested 13 bucks averaging 160 inches and the top bucks went 181, 176 and 171.  Island Camp has 7 miles of riverbottom and bucks in the 120’s to 130’s are very plentiful with the better bucks in 150 to 160-class. He runs archery and 2 rifle hunts consisting of 10 hunters per each hunt. It has a remodeled ranch house and new bunkhouse for accommodations.  West Camp is located on 80 square miles in the hills for mule deer and 5 miles of riverbottom on the Platte River for whitetails. He takes archers and normally about 12 mule deer and 5 combo hunters.

5-day bowhunts are $2,250 with a $750 trophy fee run Oct. 24 - 28 or Nov. 1 - 5.  4-day rifle whitetail hunts are $3,500, mule deer is $4,000 or 5-day combo is $6,500 from November 12 to 15 or 17 to 20.

Nice ranch house accommodations, meals and guiding are included. Licenses are over the

counter, no draw. Fly to Denver and rent a car or if you fly into North Platte they provide airport pickup. Hunt WD/MD565.  Pictures  from this Hunt.

KANSAS OUTFITTER
ONLY TAKES 2 ARCHERY AND
2 RIFLE HUNTERS PER YEAR

Here is a very small start up outfitter that only wants to take a couple archers and rifle hunters per year on his family’s 2,000-acre farm in central Kansas along the Arkansas River. He also has an additional small private lease just for hunting and another 1,000 acres they farm. At press time he had a 170-inch 6x6 on trail cam along with a wide tall 10-point, another buck in the 160’s and a big framed 8-point. HCU’s Scott Steinkruger and a friend will rifle hunt in 2013.  Price for 2014 will be $3,000 for a 6-day archery hunt. Rifle hunts are 5 days guided 2x1 and priced at $3,500. Hunters will pay for their own motel and meals in the nearby town of Great Bend. Archery hunts could be from early November up to Thanksgiving. Rifle hunt would start the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving. He hunts Units 5 and 560 where tags are almost 100 percent draw. Hunters fly into Wichita and rent a vehicle for the 2 hour drive.
Hunt WD564. 

 

MISSOURI WHITETAIL $2700
MID-NOVEMBER RIFLE RUT HUNT

2013 proved to be a little tougher, but over the course of 2 rifle hunts they had 17 hunters tag 12 bucks, including a 151, 148 and a 141. 2 hunters left early and one buck was crippled and lost. The first hunt was also hampered by warm weather and up to 45 mile per hour winds with a full moon.  They lost one farm lease, but picked up two more.  In 2012 they had 11 hunters take 11 bucks and the top 5 bucks scored 170, 153, 148, 142 and 140 inches. Inexpensive, good deer numbers, private land, fantastic accommodations and great guides.  They have lowered the number of hunters taking only up to 8 for each of the two hunts to improve quality. In 2012 they had 8 on the first hunt and only 3 on the second, due to late cancellations.  In 2011 on the first gun hunt they took 8 bucks. On the second hunt they killed 6 bucks and the best buck grossed 158 inches and the overall average was in the 130’s.

These hunts take place on 2,500 wellmanaged private acres in northcentral Missouri located in Howard County.

4-day rifle hunt is priced at $2,700 and add extra days at $300 per day if available, it is an 11-day season. They have 15 enclosed heated box blinds on 10 to 15-foot stands. They take up to 8 rifle hunters on each of the 2 hunts.

Lodging is an incredible 9,000 square foot log chalet with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths, with meals included. Hunters fly into St. Louis or Kansas City and rent a car for the 2 and a half hour drive.  Openings are very limited. Hunt WD660.  Pictures  from this Hunt.

 

ADAMS COUNTY OHIO
9000 PRIVATE ACRES
ARCHERY RUT HUNTS $2500
GUN HUNTS $2750

At press time 19 bowhunters had scored on 8 bucks ranging in size from 115 to the low 160’s.  Many of the hunters are repeat customers looking for better deer and pass on bucks up to 140 inches. Gun season had not started at press time.  This outfit is unique as they prefer hunters wanting to assist in their own hunt. 80 percent of the archers that hunt here bring their own climbing stands and assist in setting them up.  Some hunters come every year and the area they hunt is set aside for their group and only their group, it is not hunted any other time. They assist in stand placement and come out at different times just to scout. The outfit is looking for real hunters that want to contribute to their hunt. The outfit also has about 40 stands, 180 acres of food plots and feeders on the property.

This family operation owns 9,000 deeded acres in Adams County, which is considered one of the top producing counties in Ohio. It is located in the south-central part of the state near Kentucky.  Accommodations can be a nice ranch house known as Poplar Flat that sleeps 12 with 2 bathrooms or they also have a couple cabins at separate locations equipped for groups of 4 or 5.  5-day early bow season October hunts are priced at $2,250. Rut hunts from October 25 to November 27 are $2,500. Shotgun or muzzleloader hunts starting November 28 are $2,750 and late season muzzleloader hunts January 7 to 10 are $2,500. Hunters arrive on Sunday, hunt Monday through Friday and depart Saturday. Tags are over the counter, no draw.  Hunt WD430 Pictures  from this Hunt.

 

TEXAS WHITETAIL HUNT
4-DAYS ONLY $3250
30,000 FREE-RANGE ACRES

This outfitter has 2 ranches totaling over 30,000 private-acres, all free-range, located 30 miles south of San Angelo. You can sit in your tower stand and look over plenty of bucks before pulling the trigger on this hunt. He takes about 35 hunters per year over the course of 6 weeks.  Success runs near 100% on bucks averaging 135 or better and the top bucks taken break the 150-inch mark. High deer numbers, nice comfortable ranch house lodging, good weather and fun guides make up the recipe for a very enjoyable hunt.  4-day hunt starting the first weekend of November is only $3,250 and runs to mid-December. We prefer the rut dates just around Thanksgiving. Openings are very limited due to repeat customers. Some repeat hunters have been with this outfitter for well over a decade. Airport pickup in San Angelo included.
Hunt WD233.  Pictures  from this Hunt.

 

$2500 TEXAS FREE-RANGE HUNT
ON 2200 PRIVATE ACRES

This ranch has not been commercially hunted since 2008 and has been in the family as a working cattle ranch since in the 1930’s, but the drought forced them to sell off the cattle in February of 2012. The rancher would like to take a group of 4 hunters for a 3-day hunt priced at $2,500 each anytime from early October until the end of February. The ranch has 8 hunting blinds with spin-cast feeders with most bucks being mature 8-points in the 110 to 120-inch class.  Hunters can take one buck of any size and possibly a doe for meat. The ranch is located in the western Texas Hill Country, 20 miles northwest of Junction.

Modern bunkhouse accommodations, nice cookhouse with meals furnished, airport pickup at San Angelo is included. Hunt WD944. 

 

 

$3000 TEXAS WHITETAIL HUNT
100% SUCCESS AND BARGAIN PRICED

Here is a HCU exclusive that has been a fantastic hunt and all past HCU customers have had nothing but praise for this operation, in fact, all of the hunters have rebooked this hunt at least one more time and quite a few have hunted here several times. This is not your normal piece of property leased out to an outfitter to run hunts on solely to make a profit. The ranch owner only allows a very select number of hunters each year to hunt his ranch, run by him, mainly for enjoyment and to manage a healthy deer herd.  Fantastic accommodations coupled with Black Angus steaks grilling over the mesquite fire at the end of the day along with a cold beer or a glass of fine wine. It just doesn’t get any better.  Here is a great bargain, something not common for Texas whitetail hunts. This 3,000-acre private ranch under high fence is located in the Texas panhandle near the town of Clarendon.  Arrive on a Thursday, hunt Friday, Saturday, Sunday and depart on Monday. Three hunting days are priced very economically at $3,000 and that includes a buck of 8 or 9 points and gross scoring less than 150 Boone and Crockett inches, very nice accommodations, food and 1 on 1 guide service. Deer grossing from 150 up to 169 Boone and Crockett points have a trophy fee of $2,000.  Top trophy bucks scoring over 170 have a $4,500 trophy fee. Limit of one deer per hunter. This ranch has limited hunting and is very brushy where as many mature bucks are not seen all year except for during the rut.

HCU’s Scott Steinkruger has been on this ranch several times and he reports it as being a special place. Quail hunting or red stag can be included with this hunt. Texas non-resident license is $300. Hunters are met in Amarillo.  Extremely limited openings, call for availability.Hunt WDP806 Pictures  from this Hunt.

 

1000-ACRE PENNSYLVANIA
WHITETAIL AND ELK PRESERVE

This preserve has over 1,000 acres under high fence where they conduct whitetail and elk hunts in the mountains near DuBois in west central Pennsylvania. They operate out of a very nice rustic lodge with private bedrooms and baths. 3-day hunts are the norm and they will give you 4 to 6 days for groups of 4 or more.

Whitetails taken that gross score up to 140 inches are priced at $3,000, 141 - 159 is $4,000, 160 - 179 is $6000 and 180 - 199 is $8,000. Elk scoring up to 300 inches are $4,000, 330 inches $5,000 and 350 inches $6000. Cow elk hunts are $1,500.  Season dates are typically Sept. 25 to Jan. 1.  Hunting methods include treestands, blinds and spot and stalk. Pheasants can be added to any big game hunt. Airport shuttle $100. Hunt EKP/WDP290. 

 

 

ARIZONA COUES SPECIALIST
100% DRAW AND NEAR 100% SUCCESS
ARCHERY AND GUN HUNTS

Here is the best opportunity for a quality Arizona Coues deer without going across the border into old Mexico and you can get a tag.  This outfitter specializes in archery hunts, but his gun hunts tend to run 100% success on bucks averaging over 90 inches and topping out in the mid-teens. His archery hunts generally run a 90% success rate and one of his hunters took the new World Record buck in 2010 scoring 135 7/8. He normally takes 10 to 15 rifle hunters per year and 30 to 40 archers.

These southern Arizona hunts include lodging, meals and 1x1 guide services for $3,950 or if you hunt private land the hunt cost is increased by $400 plus a $700 harvest fee.  Archery hunts are December 26 to January 31 for 5 days and gun hunts are 6 days. Archery hunts are conducted by mainly ground blinds, with some treestands and spot and stalk. Gun hunts are basically spot and stalk for the last week of October, second and fourth weeks of November.  Archery tags are over the counter and gun licenses are on a draw that is near 100%, with a May 30 deadline. Hunters are picked up in Tucson at no additional cost.
Hunt CD404.
  Pictures  from this Hunt. 


This outfitter has now leased a 90 square mile parcel in Old Mexico east of Hermosillo strictly for trophy Coues hunts. In 2014 the price will only be $4,350 plus a $700 harvest fee, but we expect prices in 2015 to increase to $5,500 with a $1,000 trophy fee. He will offer both archery and rifle hunts on an alternating schedule. He expects this property to produce some top end trophies with the feeding program he is implementing.  Hunts will be from December 1 to January 31.  Hunters can fly into Tucson where they will be met and driven across the border to the ranch or fly into Hermosillo where they will pick you up.  Hunt CDMX404.