Deer hunts are conducted on approximately 1500 acres of prime whitetail deer hunting land which includes a 500 acre field that parallels a long wooded bluff on one side and Spoon River on the opposite side. All acres are part of the family-owned Strode Farms in Fulton County, Illinois. The property consists of woodland, creek bottoms and grassy areas surrounded by fields of corn, beans, pasture, hay crops and managed food plots which all supply the food for producing well-nourished deer. We book only archery hunting.
Perimeters of the hunting timbers are ringed with mowed lanes. Aerial maps of the property will be furnished. Hunters may choose their location on arrival date. Assistance will be provided in hauling harvested deer from the hunting site to the Lodge. Commercial processing is available locally or deer can be quartered to transport home. There is also an excellent taxidermist four miles from the lodge.
In order to help maintain a healthy deer population, hunters are encouraged to shoot does. Any hunter who shoots a doe will have his name placed in a drawing for $250.
Hunters are given a day to scout. On this day hunters will be given a tour of the property, select the site where they want to hunt, and may prepare the site for the hunt on the next day.
Lodging is provided in our family farm home. Accommodations include a two person bunkroom and a six person bunk room, two lounges (with TVs, DVDs, and VCRs) and two bathrooms. Towels and bed linens are provided.
A small building attached to the garage is used as a heated dressing room for hunting clothes. The garage will be used for bow and hunting equipment storage.