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Get Your Buck of a Lifetime!

Most people think that all the deer in Illinois have died due to disease….we’ve had, and continue to have, excellent seasons and anticipate all the subsequent years to be of equal quality or even better. Those that missed this season, missed a good one. We have a lot of mature deer that we are looking forward to seeing what they 

CASPER THE 200 INCH BUCK

All is fair in love and war as the old saying goes. We are referring to the woes of free range Whitetails. Unfortunately when dealing with free range whitetails we are going to have a few that travel outside of boundaries within our control…and when that happens it is fair game….Hence, the Laws of Mother Nature. We just want to 

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 
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