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Welcome to the IMB Outfitters, Frequently Asked Questions page.  To follow are answers to your most sought after questions regarding IMB Outfitters and its hunting practices.

   
Whitetail Deer Hunting

Q. What is IMB’s success rate for whitetail deer hunting?
A.
  IMB has great success rates! To view our success rates and definitions of success please see the “Success Rates” page.

Q. Are deer free roaming and in the wild or is it a high fence hunt?
A.
Absolutely free roaming. No fences here.

Q. Can hunters harvest does?
A.
Of course. IMB wants you to harvest does. Just make sure that big buck isn’t following close behind.

Q. How much do deer tags cost?
A.
Illinois Bow $400, Illinois Gun $400, Missouri Bow $224, Missouri Gun $200, Iowa Bow $600, Iowa Gun $600, Kansas Bow $340, Kansas Gun $340, Ohio Gun $150, Ohio Bow $150,

Q. Does IMB have any whitetail trophy fees?
A.
No, IMB doesn’t believe any hunter should have to pay additional money if he or she harvests a large deer. That’s what you booked the hunt for.

Q. Can hunters visit during non-hunting months, and scout the hunt area and deer?
A.
Of course you may. IMB invites you and hopes you will visit during the off season.

Q. How do hunters get a gun or archery deer permit in Iowa?
A.
The Iowa lottery drawing is conducted over the telephone in May with results posted in June. A process IMB will assist you with. Gun permits are easily obtained, but archery tags are usually a 2 year drawing process.

Q. How do hunters get a gun or archery deer permit in Illinois?
A.
A telephone process is conducted in June for Archery, while a telephone or internet process is conducted in July and August for all gun seasons. Both are highly successful and I can't remember the last time a hunter was denied a tag in Illinois.

Q. How do hunters get a gun or archery deer permit in Missouri?
A.
Over the counter at Walmart, a local Sporting Goods Store, or internet purchase.

Q. How do hunters get a gun or archery permit in Kansas?
A. Through March online or telephone.  Tags have been 100% accessed.

Q. What is the IMB minimum buck harvest requirement, and what is the fee if a hunter shoots a buck beneath those standards?
A.
125 inches minimum. A $500 fee will be imposed for bucks harvested beneath this figure. 

Q. What if a hunter doesn’t draw a deer tag in a lottery state?
A.
The hunter may transfer the hunt to another state so he or she can still come hunting in the same year. Hunters may also transfer the hunt to the following year.

Q. How many deer can one harvest in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, and Kansas?
A.
Illinois: 2 bucks and unlimited does, Iowa: 1 buck and 1 doe dependent upon your tag purchase, Missouri: 2 bucks and unlimited does dependent upon your tag purchase, Kansas 1 buck and 1 doe, Ohio 1 buck and 1 doe.

Q. What equipment should hunters bring on their hunt with IMB Outfitters?
A.
See the hunter checklist on the trip info page of our website. This document is printable so that you may use it while your packing your suitcase.

Q. How many acres does IMB possess?
A.
IMB has over 2000 treestand setups for hunting placed on 60,000 acres. 

Q. Do hunters have to sit in the same treestand all week?
A.
Absolutely not. IMB wants to hunt various locations unless the hunter requests to be placed in the same location each day.

Q. What is the average IMB treestand height?
A.
Treestands vary from 10 foot ladder stands, to on the ground box blinds, to 17 foot fixed position portable treestands. IMB has whatever you need.  We have whatever height you desire.   You may wish to visit our treestand page of the website to see our treestand photos.

Q. What types of treestand setups does IMB use?
A.
Portables, Tripods, Ladders, Box Blinds, Ground blinds, Climbers

Q. Does IMB have ground blinds or box blinds?
A.
Yes, IMB has both ground blinds and box blinds.

Q. Can hunters bring their climbing treestand?
A.
Yes

Q. What is the difference between a semi guided hunt and a fully guided hunt for deer?
Fully Guided Hunt:

Our fully guided hunts are hunts wherein stands are hung by IMB Staff prior to your arrival, guides walk you to the stands to assure you will find the treestand setups and ambush sites, IMB staff will transport you to the farm, field dressing of your deer is done by an IMB Guide, your guide will drag out the animal you harvest, and prepare your animal for taxidermy and meat processing, hero photos, etc. On fully guided hunts the guide doesn’t sit with you while you hunt but he walks you to and from the stand and takes care of you during your stay to strategize on a trophy whitetail harvest. Thorough examinations of strategies and treestand assignments are performed on your behalf to assure you receive the highest quality service. Guides also scout trophy whitetail for you both prior, and during your hunt. 

Semi Guided Hunt:
Our semi guided hunts are more dependent upon your autonomy, however have proven to be very successful as well. On a semi guided hunt the hunter is assigned a specific farm to himself. An IMB Guide will provide you with aerial photographs of the farm. The guide will take you to the farm the day before your hunt begins and show you boundary lines and key ambush sites. Some treestands may be hung for your convenience upon request prior to your arrival by IMB Staff. After the hunter has been shown the farm and given some advice about where to setup the remainder of the hunt is “do it yourself”. In the event the hunter would need further assistance on the semi guided hunt IMB would be present to answer questions and assist you, however the guide would NOT walk you to and from treestands and transport you to the hunt site. The Semi Guided Hunt is an excellent way to save a few bucks if you are confident in your woodmanship abilities. For more information visit the page on our website entitled "How it Works".
   

Turkey Hunting

Q. What is IMB’s success rate for turkey hunting?
A.
In 2010 IMB was 227% successful on offering shot opportunities for record book wild turkey. This means IMB simply presented double the shot opportunities than we had hunters in camp.

Q. How do hunters get a turkey permit for Iowa?
A.
An Iowa turkey lottery system that begins in late December and early January. Tags are easy to get.

Q. How do hunters get a turkey permit for Illinois?
A.
An Illinois turkey lottery system that begins in January. The system is tough because the applicant isn’t notified of what date the tag is for in time to plan appropriately. IMB has done little hunting for turkey in Illinois because of this.

Q. How do hunters get a turkey permit for Missouri?
A.
Over the counter at Walmart or a local Sporting Good Store.

Q. How do hunters get a turkey permit for Kansas?
A.
Online or over the counter at Walmart or a local Sporting Good Store.

Q. How do hunters get a turkey permit for Ohio?
A.
Online or over the counter at Walmart or a local Sporting Good Store.


Q. What state is the best for turkey hunting?
A.
Missouri. NWTF rates this state the #1 State in the Nation.

 

Miscellaneous

Q. Does IMB offer group discounts?
A.
When a group of hunters book for a whitetail outing every 5th hunter hunts for no charge. When a group of hunters book for a turkey hunt every 4th hunter hunts for no charge.

Q. Do hunters pay for their tags or does IMB Outfitters pay for them?
A.
Per state law you must purchase your own tags.

Q. How much does an off season visit to IMB cost?
A.
$130 for guide assistance. Simply covers the cost of the guide for a day.
 
Q. Is the quality of ground on semi guided hunts as good as the quality of the ground on fully guided hunts?
A.
The ground is of equal quality. The only reason the semi guided hunts are cheaper is because no guide is paid to assist you, thereby cutting the costs to IMB Outfitters, with costs being passed on to the hunter.

Q. Can IMB host handicapped hunters?
A.
Normally yes, however this question should be directed to Darrin Bradley, via telephone for a brief description of your impairment.

Q. Can a non-hunting partner come with the hunter? Is so what does it cost?
A.
Yes. No cost, except for lodging at the rate of $120 per day.

Q. Can hunters bring their own ATV?
A.
Yes, but hunters really don’t need an ATV unless they have a semi guided hunt booked.

Q. Are any discounts offered for youth hunters?
A.
Persons under the age of 16 hunt for half the price with IMB.

Q. What weapons are allowed during the gun seasons in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Ohio?
A.
Illinois: Shotgun or Muzzleloader, Iowa: Shotgun or Muzzleloader, Missouri: Rifle or Muzzleloader, Ohio:  Shotgun or Muzzleloader, Kansas:  Rifle or Muzzleloader

Q. Can hunters purchase extra days on their hunt once they arrive in camp?
A.
Yes, as long as booking numbers allow this. Usually its no problem and IMB offers a discounted rate for days purchased after day 5.

Q. How much should a hunter tip the guide?
A.
Normally the average tip to the guide is between $100 and $350 but your tip amount is totally up to your discretion. 

Q. What is the IMB refund policy?
A.
All deposits are non-refundable. A refund may only be considered at the discretion of IMB Outfitters in the event of a medical or family emergency verified by a medical practitioner. If a hunter cancels their hunt 45 days or more prior to the hunt date, IMB will allow the original deposit to be used towards another hunt within the following 2 years. However, an additional $500 deposit will be required as well to retain the hunt (unless you did not draw a tag in Iowa). The reason we require the additional deposit is because 87% of hunters that postpone their hunts to the next year never show up. Both deposits totaling $1000 will come off the balance of your hunt.

   



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