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Illinois Deer Hunting

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IMB Outfitters offers trophy whitetail deer hunting in, Pike County, Illinois. Pike County, Illinois is the #1, County in the Nation for the highest quantity of trophy whitetail entries in the Boone and Crockett Record Books, as well as Pope and Young Record Books. The location is extreme West Central Illinois, lying between the Mississippi and Illinois River Basins where the most fertile soil in the Midwest exists. This area houses an abundance of trophy whitetails due to firearm limitations placed on hunters, deer management programs implemented by area outfitters, and provides the area deer herd with some of the richest agricultural crops in the nation as food source.  (Primarily soybeans, corn, clover, and milo.)

Firearms Hunts:

The State of Illinois limits firearm hunters to shotgun or muzzleloader only. No rifles are allowed. While this may discourage the booking of gun hunts by some sportsmen, it is common knowledge that these same limitations may be the chief reason for the existence of trophy bucks in this State. Simply put, when you limit hunters to shotgun or muzzleloader you limit the distances they are able to shoot. In turn by doing so, deer live longer as they are more difficult to harvest. All this equals longer life spans and larger racks. The firearms tags are obtained through a lenient lottery process in July which IMB Outfitters will assist you with. The process is easy enough that almost everyone receives a tag. (IMB Outfitters has never had a hunter not receive a deer tag.  Despite the fact the gun tags are sold in lottery fashion it is more of a tradition than anything else as we have never seen a hunter not get a deer tag.)  Although tags are NOT a guarantee they are relatively easy to obtain. 

Archery Hunts:

Pike County , Illinois is an archers dream! Pike County Illinois has offered bow tags in a number of fashions over the past several years. Expectations are that bow tags will be sold over the phone and easily obtained via outfitter specific. All archers with IMB received an Illinois tag if they attempted to obtain one. This telephone tag purchase usually occurs in June and July. Each year there are normally thousands of deer tags leftover for sale over the counter.  The archery season runs from October 1 to January 15. 

Muzzleloader Hunts:

Illinois offers a 3-day muzzleloader only whitetail deer hunt in December. The tag is obtained in a lenient lottery process occurring in July. No hunter of IMB Outfitters has been denied this tag. 

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Success Rates:

We calculate success rates by dividing the number of trophy buck shot opportunities reported by our hunters, by the number of hunters we take each year in that particular state. Please refer to the success rates page for the latest information. Any rate in excess of 100% implies we offered more shot opportunities at trophy bucks than the number of hunters that visited us during that season. NOTE: No promise or guaranteed shots at trophy bucks are made by IMB Outfitters.  Any outfitting service that guarantees you will kill a record book buck is simply lying as the outfitter has not knowledge of how each hunter shoots and the level of his skills.  I would add that as long as you possess average hunt skills and “put in your time” normally hunters receive multiple shot opportunities at record book whitetail bucks.

Illinois Location:

Our Pike County Illinois deer hunting  lodge and land is located in Barry, Illinois just South of Quincy, Illinois. The closest airport would be Springfield, Illinois. A friendly airport located within an hour of our hunting lodge. Those traveling by motor vehicle may travel to our trip information page for a detailed map.

Illinois Lodge:

In Barry, Illinois we “sport” a lodge facility that is a 5 Starr Setting complete with all the fine food and drink you will partake of during your hunt. This facility can be photo toured in our, Illinois hunting lodge photo gallery.  This particular facility is “state of the art” and managed and owned by reputable responsible individuals who are lifetime residents of the Pike County Illinois community.

In Illinois, we offer fully and semi guided hunts of your choice at the following cost per hunter for the Illinois hunt of your choice as seen below.

Our fully guided hunting trips 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 deer 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 deer both prior, and during your hunt in an effort to keep you on the hottest ambush sites available. In fact we facilitate this hunt service year round and we are scouting year round for your trophy buck in a variety of ways.  Great lodges, great food included!

Quality Deer Management Program: 

In order to produce large whitetail bucks we have to protect our smaller up and coming bucks from being shot.  Thus you must harvest a buck that scores over 130 inches.  If you shoot a buck that is missing a tine or is broke off we will score him as if he had it, but your buck must score a minimum of 130 inches gross score.  If you shoot a buck under 130 inches a $750 fine is imposed with no hard feelings. 

Trophy Hunting Areas: For the past few years we have been saving farms that we have insisted hunters take a buck scoring over 145 inches.  We call these areas trophy farms.  We do not expect you to hunt these areas unless you are truly after a Boone and Crockett Buck.  The trophy farms will enhance your chances of taking the buck of a lifetime.  You must specifically request to be placed on a trophy area.  In order to hunt one of these trophy areas the hunter must agree to refrain from shooting a whitetail buck under 145 inches.  If the hunter is on a trophy area with the 145 inch minimum at his own request and shoots a buck scoring under 145 inches there is a $1500 fine.  Only a limited number of hunters will be allowed to hunt what we are referring to as “trophy areas”.  Hunters that choose to pursue trophy whitetail bucks on the trophy areas are mandated to pay an additional $250 for their hunt.  We charge a very small fee to access the trophy areas which is used for food plots, and minerals.

Pike Co Illinois Deer Hunting Prices:

HUNT PRICES ARE INCLUSIVE OF MEALS AND LODGING. However, all Annual Pass, State Pass, and Lifetime Pass holders are responsible to pay for their own lodging.

NOTE: Various hunts are for different lengths of time. For example archery hunts are 5 days, firearm hunts are 4 days, and late muzzleloader hunts are 3 days. As a result, hunters will be awarded the same number of nights for lodging as the number of days their hunts are. Hunters wishing to purchase additional nights of lodging will be charged extra, per the lodge facility. (Normally $130 per hunter.) Hunters who want to hunt longer than 5 days may also purchase extra days of hunting if they desire.

  • Taxes may be applicable on the lodging portion of the hunt price in the State of Missouri. 
  • IMB Outfitters prefers to receive the final payment of each hunter's outstanding balance 45 days prior to arrival.
  • When you book 4 hunters with IMB, the 5th hunter hunts for free. (The 5th person will be responsible to pay lodging cost only.) A saving of up to $3200 on the 5th hunter.

Fully Guided Hunts: 

  •   5 Day Non-Rut Archery Fully Guided  10-1 to 10-19: $2550  
  •   5 Day Pre-Rut Archery Fully Guided  10-20 to 10-31: $2900  
  •   5 Day Rut Archery Fully Guided  11-1 to 11-16: $3300  
  •   1st Firearms Full Guided  11-17 to 11-19: $4000   
  •   2nd Firearms Fully Guided  11-30 to 12-3: $3500   
  •   Late Muzzleloader Fully Guided (3-day)  12-8 to 12-10: $2580   

Semi Guided Hunts:  

  •   5 Day Non-Rut Archery Semi Guided  10-1 to 10-19: $1750   
  •   5 Day Pre-Rut Archery Semi-Guided  10-20 to 10-31: $2200   
  •   5 Day Rut Archery Semi Guided  11-1 to 11-16: $2600   
  •   1st Firearms Semi Guided  11-17 to 11-19: $2890   
  •   2nd Firearms Semi Guided  12-1 to 12-5: $2390   
  •   Late Muzzleloader Semi Guided (3-day)  12-8 to 12-10: $1880

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Single State Pass:

IMB has devised a Single State Pass.  This has been done upon popular request by hunters.  A Single State Pass provides the hunter with unlimited hunt access year round for both turkey and whitetail deer hunting.  In essence a hunter who purchases a Single State Pass can hunt that State as much as he or she desires.  Full year round unlimited access.  For example if a hunter would purchase a Missouri State Pass then the hunter can hunt Missouri for turkey and deer year round with unlimited access.  Hunt all year long on an unlimited basis in any of our 5 States.  Of course in Missouri the hunter could harvest an 2 bucks, unlimited does, and 4 turkeys.  The State Pass provides a bonanza of unlimited hunting for one low price.  The Single State Pass is much cheaper than a land lease and provides as much hunting as any hunter could imagine.  In Illinois , a hunter can harvest 2 bucks and 2 turkeys.  In Iowa, a hunter can harvest 1 buck and 1 turkey.  The State Pass is the ultimate budget cut for the serious whitetail enthusiast as the cost is less than 2 hunts. COST:  $7000

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Lifetime Hunting in the Midwest:

IMB Outfitters currently runs trophy deer hunts from state of the art hunting lodges in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.  IMB Outfitters is currently offering hunter or hunters the ability to be provided with unlimited hunting in all the States we conduct business for one lump price.  Hunters that simply involve themselves in so many hunts that it would be more beneficial to buy in to unlimited hunting for whitetail, turkey, and predator as a “member” of IMB Outfitters may currently do so.  Many hunters across America find themselves buying so many hunts that they would benefit from simply buying unlimited lifetime hunting for one set price.  IMB Outfitters calls this becoming a “Platinum Rewards Member.”  Any person that purchases unlimited lifetime hunting will simply be able to access any of our hunt camps in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri with rifle, bow, crossbow, shotgun, or muzzleloader any time that they wish for the rest of their life for a one time payment of $45,000.  Although a healthy sum to spend on hunting many hunters across America would save money with the purchase of unlimited lifetime hunting.  Call or email Darrin Bradley, IMB President at 660-651-7900 or email at

Ownership Opportunities with IMB:

IMB Outfitters also offers hunters the opportunity to become minority owners of our hunt service.  A person that buys into the company receives unlimited hunting in all the States we do business for the rest of their life.  Owners also earn annual profits thereby providing an investment opportunity in which hunting pays for itself.  Those wishing to become minority owners of IMB Outfitters may call or email Darrin Bradley, IMB President at 660-651-7900 or email at  Minority ownership is a much greater opportunity than at consistently harvesting trophy whitetail deer and turkey hunts than buying a farm, or leasing as an owner earns profits thereby hunting is no longer costing you ongoing money but rather earning you money.

Illinois Deer Licenses & Bag Limits:

The cost of a non-resident combination firearm deer permit (either-sex and antlerless-only): $325  The hunter can kill 1 doe and 1 buck during firearms season.

The cost of a non-resident archery combination deer permit (one either-sex/one antlerless) will be $410.  The hunter can kill 1 buck and 1 doe during archery season.

The cost of a non-resident combination muzzleloader-only deer permit (either-sex and antlerless-only): $325  The hunter can kill 1 buck and 1 doe during muzzleloader only season.

Bag Limits:

Non-resident deer hunter may take two bucks and  in Illinois does. One buck must be taken with a bow and one with a gun or muzzleloader. Additional info on Illinois hunting: