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Hunting References

A thorough search for locating the right outfitter should lead you to the phoning of "hunt references." These are people who have previously hunted with the outfitter who can discuss issues which you feel are vital in the decision making process. References shouldn't always be people who harvest trophy animals, nor people who are novice hunters.

Questions you may wish to ask references include but are not limited to the following:

1. How were the accommodations at the lodge?
2. Was the food good?
3. Did the hunt guides work hard for you during your outing?
4. Were stands comfortable and well placed for deer interception?
5. How was camp atmosphere? 
6. Was the ground over hunted or did you see plenty of game?
7. What hunt would you recommend?
8. Where hunt strategies effective and well planned?
9. Would you recommend I book a hunt with this outfitter?

The following is a listing of references who can further inform you about IMB Outfitters and the services they received from IMB during their outing. The following are all dedicated sportsmen who know and understand trophy whitetail and turkey movement and what you should expect from a responsible outfitting service. (Photos on this page are solely those of the reference clients appearing on this page.)

Illinois Whitetail References

Frankie McCleer

864-630-9340

Greg Childers

304-255-2107

Dan Leblanc

985-876-5832

Terry Hendrixson

513-646-2397

Roland Lapier

518-298-2213

Mike Barta

248-930-0005

Glen Burnett

870-215-1984

Dave Peaksak

304-841-1277

Preston Allen

336-643-3304

Nate or Hope Blizzard

740-352-7553

Eric Hensley

979-487-4259

Archie Alligood

352-494-7112

Chris Thompson

603-231-2017

Jamie McCormick

540-434-0879

Robert Ervin

540-886-0249

Ronnie Tolley

864-303-8896

Jonathon Couick

704-254-6805

Chansey McMillin

405-694-0971

Kevin McCloskey

786-402-0942

Seth Dick

724-372-3106

Ben Crenshaw

337-856-0095

Russ Marsh

315-396-9947

David Hoffman

330-312-3951

Robert Soulliere

586-790-6005

Chris Caldarone

603-396-3169

Shane Salmon

724-372-0130

Brad Story

706-597-1832

Nathan Fields

214-734-0788

Greg Fields

580-357-5162

Joe Dunlap

603-765-0075

Mike Dufrene

985-696-9309

Mark Towers

315-626-3450

Tom McDermitt

419-733-9357

Doug Dick

724-372-3110

Mark Braskey

304-255-2107

Larry Lombard

208-365-7404

Dave Smith

845-532-3505

Eric Hensley

979-487-4259

George Scott

862-354-3690

Brian Fox

862-354-3690

Iowa Whitetail References

Greg Childers

304-673-0267

Chad Webber

319-327-1606

Daniel Marsh

315-363-2935

Andy Williams

205-333-3196

Jim McKnight

Mark Walker

678-794-7484

Ray Jones

609-970-4453

Chris Calderone

603-396-3169

Pat Patterson

641-390-2085

Brandon Ivey

318-401-0928

Andrew Clark

251-809-2275

Frankie McCleer

864-630-9340

Chris Swentkofski

763-592-9712

Aaron Pierce

269-217-1067

Tracy Fry

269-782-6834

John Anderson

712-669-3894

Paul Youthers

215-721-3465

Mark Braski

304-255-2107

Todd Sylvera

660-216-7040

Jerry Wait

660-627-2215

Keith Davis

732-674-9945

Dan Lyter

717-436-9396

Alan Witter

5403736100

Fran Atria

8457446842

Joe Dunlap

603-765-0075

Patrick Morgan

662-801-3896

Joe Harris

602-568-5563

Bryan Fox

812-381-4405

Butch Lily

304-787-3100

Thomas Sullivan

845-706-0390

Chris Swenfkofske

763-413-9776

Pat Patterson

641-390-2085

Rick Gabrielson

717-629-2454

Bob Ray

609-519-7195

Chris Yothers

610-310-2419

Matt Buche

517-420-7134

Kansas Deer References

Keith Fauci

561-452-5643

Tim Martin

904-838-5051

Kevin Teeters

561-889-1543

Mark Gadbaw

417-770-5229

Mike Sargeant

207-422-3333

Dave Samuel

304-594-3082

Joe Dunlap

603-765-0075

Chris Calderone

603-396-3169

Marshall Tew

251-709-0341

Roger Robinson

828-689-5588

Cain Fuller

706-681-7191

John Winters

360-443-2874

Carl Handyside

847-366-7217

Wade Castleberry

870-563-6574

Dennis Story

580-332-8929

Missouri Whitetail References

Lance Burney

407-547-9454

Carl Handyside

847-366-1217

LA Harris

304-532-5497

Greg Bauer

586-202-3943

Dale Cordes

601-636-3938

William Carroll

252-883-9208

Ashley Hebert

225-625-4242

Chad Tye

817-946-0958

Art Perry

845-532-0060

John Brean

518-493-2910

Todd Badalato

315-788-9921

Darik Eaton

314-489-2068

Tim Connor

508-295-5309

Greg Wright

973-209-4619

Cliff Sheerer

218-390-0448

Ryan Brignac

225-278-3347

Andy Murray

770-324-2787

Mark Leblanc

407-468-2050

Jim Langer

713-737-5557

Ray Reese

573-701-4045

Drew Polamous

760-828-0960

Jason

845-978-3492

Rocco Covalt

925-348-0436

Archie Alligood

386-454-4200

Bob Sweeney

973-919-6353

Randy Lovell

607-594-2675

Mike Stead

973-919-6353

Danny Hosler

336-963-5773

Russ Cassidy

337-526-1510

Daniel Marsh

315-363-2935

Troy Polamous

856-207-8771

Wes Smith

251-406-0724

David Baehr

480-296-5060

William Carroll

252-883-9208

Randy Slemmer

215-896-6412

Grant Allen

704-305-0495

Rick Osche

610-960-0645

Travis Hull

225-202-6886

Charlie Carlo

518-561-4930

Wild Turkey References

Hud Guthrie

205-987-9825

Mike Capps

573-898-3422

Daniel Rorrar

540-230-0341

Wayne Baxter

251-777-8629

Rich Roginsky

715-287-4792

Mark Leblanc

407-468-2050

Mike Kohler

952-472-7683

Tim Hill

304-763-3093

MIke Zacharias

906-362-3829

Ken Wilson

830-792-4200

Frank McCleer

864-630-9340

John Martins

727-938-6695

Larry Swift

727-938-6695

Jon Hancher

703-887-1367

Ryan Meadows

434-298-6578

Chris Lindsey

601-649-5597

Dr. David Samuel spent 30 years as a professor of wildlife management at West Virginia University. Since 1971 he has been the Conservation Editor of Bowhunter magazine, where his Know Hunting column still appears. His writing, speaking engagements and television work are based on his teaching and research experience and study of wildlife, especially deer, plus 57 years as a bowhunter. In 2007 he was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame. In 2009 he received two lifetime achievement awards for contributions to white-tailed deer management and education from the Southeast Deer Study Group and the Quality Deer Management Association. His latest books are Whitetail Advantage (2008) and Whitetail Racks (2010). 

Dr. David Samuel states, 

"On my second morning, early November 2009, at the IMB Iowa lodge, I arrowed this dandy buck. However, I hit him too far back, and although we saw him just before dark and he could barely walk, we found nothing the next day. But the guys said they'd continue looking for him. In April I got a call from Darrin Bradley saying that Cody had just found him. I called Cody and learned that the buck really hadn't gone all that far from my ladder stand. IMB didn't have to call to tell me about this 6x6 152" buck. They could have kept the antlers and got him mounted for the lodge, but instead they tracked me down, and UPS'd the antlers within a week. I've gotten a cape and this year he will go on my den wall. IMB did a great job from start to finish. Thanks guys. You are the best."

Dr. Dave Samuel

Morgantown, WV


Larry Havens took this 171 inch Boone and Crockett Buck during a non rut hunt of Pike County, Illinois in 2007. Larry has hunted a group of 5 guys with us for 3 years. Larry would be great to phone for a reference as he has done the late season, early season, and the rut.


Mark Leblance took this 160 inch Missouri Whitetail Deer in 2009 with IMB


Jay Pope, hunted Illinois last year, and Iowa this year.  This year he took his first 170 inch plus buck.  Jay is a great Christian man, who accredited his good fortune to Jesus Christ.