What are you looking for in a trophy Whitetail hunt?

Chances are you will find everything you are looking for and more at Illinois Connection. We offer some of the highest quality free range whitetail in the entire world. We offer unique hunting, one-of-a-kind lodging and service second to none.

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First rule of a successful business…Location.

We are situated in Mt. Sterling, geographically located in Mid West Central Illinois, nestled in between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. The Mecca of Illinois: Pike, Brown, Schuyler and Adams Counties, commonly referred to as the Golden Triangle.

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The ingredients to produce trophy class bucks.

We manage over 16,000 acres of private land. Our properties are managed with one goal in mind: producing large whitetail bucks. We do that by strictly enforcing antler minimums, providing deer with the proper nutrition, usage of many farms, over 1000 stands and a limited number of hunters targeted at the proper time. As a result, our bucks have minimal pressure, reach a mature age and our clients are given the maximum chance.

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Our secret ingredient

How we harvest more trophy class bucks than almost any other outfitter is the fact that we offer a limited number of hunters to hunt with us each year. We are more concerned with our hunters’ success and the number of inches of antlers harvested than we are about large numbers of hunters and lots of money. Honestly, our ground sits most of the time. As a result, our properties are not beaten up, our deer herd is not over hunted and our staff is not burned out.

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Ultra Comfort and Family Friendly

Our lodge is a resort built for hunters who want to go on a hunting vacation, not just a hunt. From the fountain drink dispenser to the full bar and pool table, Illinois Connection has it all. Log accents, leather furniture, a field stone fireplace, custom hardwood floors and clean rooms make Illinois Connection a warm and inviting place everyone enjoys coming back to after a long day of hunting.

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THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE

How good is our hunting? In the last six years, our ground has produced 37 gross scoring Boone and Crockett’s, six in the 200’s, eight in the 190’s, six in the 180’s and seventeen in the 170’s.

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Our Hunts
  • pict&burst-184X256-2 Hunter Information
    Offering 5 day bow hunts, 3 and 4 day firearm / muzzle loader hunts on private land in Brown, Pike, and Schuyler counties. Illinois Connection has arguably been the...
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    At Illinois Connection we are extremely proud of the quality of deer we have. By reviewing our photo galleries, we know that you will see why and we know...
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    The evening really begins with dinner because of the exciting time spent with the other hunters around the table detailing every aspect of the days hunt and anticipation for the...
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  • illinois-2006-018-140X160 Why Choose Us
    Illinois Connection offers some of the best bow hunting the "Golden Triangle" of Illinois. We operate on over 16,000 privately owned acres in Pike, Brown, Adams, & Schuyler Counties....
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    Please feel free to contact any of our references to verify the level of hunt you can expect from us. We are confident that our clients can say it better...
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Latest Hunts

PICTURES DON’T LIE

Pictures don’t lie…and… if you look at all the trail camera photos we have up on our website from this summer, one thing is certain. We have many big bucks running around on our properties. “Over the past couple years, there have been many rumors floating around that EHD has taken its toll on Illinois, but we are seeing many 

ACCOMMODATIONS FIT FOR A QUEEN BY: TRACY BREEN

Many outfitters only offer the bare necessities. When you arrive in camp, you are sleeping in a musty old bunk house. The meals are often just good enough to keep you going and the service is subpar. As a result, many female hunters don’t feel comfortable going on guided hunts. They choose to stay home and hunt. Many female hunters 

SCOUTING CAMERA INVENTORY BY: Tracy Breen

Bow season is almost here and we have been taking a buck inventory. Scouting cameras have been strategically placed all over our farms. The good news is we are seeing lots of large bucks which is great news for anyone who plans to hunt with us this fall. “Over the years, we have learned a lot about the travel patterns 

FOOD PLOT SUCCESS BY TRACY BREEN

Part of our secret to success is the result of growing top notch food plots that attract and keep the deer on the property during the hunting season. There are plenty of food plot options on the market but the seed blend we have taken a liking to is Infinity by Whitetail Select. This mix is made of nine clovers 

Getting Ready for Fall, By: Tracy Breen

The summer is very busy here at Illinois Connection. While many are pool side enjoying the sun or going on a summer vacation, we are hard at work getting our food plots ready for fall so hunters can see lots of big bucks. Pike County and Brown County have many big bucks and we make sure you see them by 

What Makes Us Different By: Tracy Breen

We are often asked, “What makes you different from every other Illinois whitetail outfitter?” There are many things that make us different but today I am going to focus on one thing that makes us different which is the number of treestands we have in the woods. We hunt on roughly 16,000 acres of land. As a result, we have 

WE ARE ADDING ON BY: TRACY BREEN

Big things are happening right now at Illinois Connection. Summer is here and we are busy getting ready for fall. We are planting food plots, mowing food plots, hanging treestands and oh yeah, we are adding an enormous addition onto the lodge! The addition will bring the total size of the lodge up to 12,000 square feet with two formal 

Pro Hunter Mark Luster Talks About Illinois Connection With Tracy Breen

Q: How many bucks have you killed at Illinois Connection? What was the biggest? A: I have shot two bucks at Illinois Connections in two trips there; my biggest was a 164” ten-point. Q: Did you hunt over food plots? Does Illinois Connection have several nice food plots? A: Both of my bucks were shot over food plots in the 

The Best Illinois Whitetail Hunting

You may be wondering what makes Illinois Connection different. After all, every outfitter says he is the best. Every outfitter says he has big bucks. Every outfitter says he has the most land. Here at Illinois Connection, we are very passionate about managing our hunting properties. We are passionate about bowhunting and we are very passionate about providing our clients 

Welcome to our new website

I am proud to announce our all new website.  We have focused on what we know makes us different than the rest of the outfitters.  The list is long but worth it.  I recommend you checking our “Hunt Information” pages and see why Illinois Connection is the best place for you to spend your next trophy whitetail hunt....
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