Dr. David Samuel
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
"Renown Outdoor Writer, Gary Clancy, states, “Many outfitters run as many hunters as they can book. I did not take a buck on my hunt with IMB Outfitters, but I saw some good bucks and most importantly I never felt as if I was hunting a stand that had been overhunted. Thank you”
Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine
Editors of Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine hunted with IMB two years ago. After those editors hunted with IMB and experienced a high quality hunt, IMB was invited to represent the magazine as the Illini Buck Buster 2 Sweepstakes Outfitter. In the narrative surrounding the event editors of magazine described IMB as, "Bowhunt of a lifetime in some of Illinois' best buck habitat. Unbelievable acreage awaits you. Success rates that are out of this world! Comfortable quarters with hot, healthy and hearty meals."
"I have hunted a lot of camps over the last 16 years, but I cant wait till I get to hunt IMB Outfitters in MO! I have heard nothing but great things from my sponsors about Darrin and the Deer at IMB. I will replace this Darrin with a first hand one once I have been there! Looking forward to it!"--
Robert Hoague: Owner of BowHunting.Net
Darrin Bradley definitely has a top notch turkey hunt. He had new, roomy 4 door pickups with full size truck beds. The trucks had IMB Outfitters logo on the front doors, too -- a nice touch that smacks of extra quality. The Polaris 4-wheelers were up to the task of hauling us and our turkey hunting equipment through creeks, mud and hills.
Darrin Bradley is an interesting guy. He has built a significant hunting operation in the U.S.. When he talks business he is professional and all business, definitely a take charge type. Plus, Darrin has a friendly personality and his quick wit and sense of humor makes hanging out with him fun. He treats his guides with respect, that's a positive quality in any outfitter.
Tony May was my guide. I can not say enough positive stuff about him. He was thoroughly familiar with the areas we hunted. He knows gobblers and how to call them. Tony loves guiding and he is good at it. His style of turkey calling is his own. He didn't learn from other callers, he picked it up the "old school" way, getting in the woods and listening to turkeys and learning how to hunt them. I absolutely enjoyed hunting with Tony May.
We hunted the time frame in a turkey's Springtime life that is labeled the "Henned Up" period. That is always a tough time because if a hen shows interest in a gobbler's attention he is going to pass you up for the hen. And also, if a hen thinks your calling is too convincing she may lead the gobbler(s) in the opposite direction. But not every gobbler will be henned up and it is key to call in any that are on the look out for hens.
All 3 mornings we heard a bunch of different gobblers sounding off. The first day the gobblers blew us off when some hens cut us off. The second day the trees were ringing with gobblers. They hit the ground and followed some hens. The monster gobbler we saw was intent on catching them and only gave us a glance as he walked briskly along. On the last day we saw 26 turkeys by my count. We were surrounded by gobbles. And the 4 huge longbeards were top trophies, every one. This area has plenty of wild turkeys, plenty of gobblers, and the big ones are huge trophy extra-longbeards with extra-long spurs.
Two other people hunted and they both got their Tom's within an hour on the first day. I definitely had my chance but flubbed the shot.
It was an enjoyable, fun, well organized, quality hunt with an expert guide and turkey caller. If a "10" would be a top score IMB Outfitters gets a "10" from me.
Petersen's Bowhunting Magazine
Petersen's Bowhunting Magazine, July 2004 reveals IMB Outfitters as one of their top picks for the hunt of a lifetime. After writing staff and editors archery hunted with IMB in 2003 they were quick to expose IMB Outfitters as a premier high quality hunt service. Petersen's Bowhunting Magazine editors state in the July 2004 issue, "Look no further! One of the best hunts in the world. These are bowhunts by guides who know bowhunting and are experts at getting you close to the kind of game you've dreamt about." Petersen's further presents IMB Outfitters as, "One of the very best bowhunting opportunities from around the globe. This outfit provides plenty of hunting area options and dates, but all are serious trophy buck hunts, with a high probability of success. A good variety of stands are available, all placed on detailed maps."