Stay away from Eagle Lakes Outfitters from Pike County IL. Worst hunting experience I ever had. The guides don’t get paid, they receive a free hunt. All the guides are hunting with the paid clients, they take the best stands. They put 3-4 hunters on a 100 acre farm. 1st day they put me in a stand 300 yards from another hunter. I had to walk 2 miles back to camp because my guild got drunk and forgot to pick me up. My friend shot a nice 150 class buck on the second day, he said there were 2 more shooters that he had seen, they shut down that farm and let 2 of the guides hunt it. There’s is supposed to be a 125 minimum. 2 of the guides shot 2 bucks in the low 100s. The owner Ted was drunk every nite. This was my first and last trip to Illinois. I would like to return to Pick County but I still have very bad memories
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Thu, 2007-12-13 22:41
Eagle Lakes Outfitters Scammers
Fri, 2007-12-14 19:29#1
Eagle Lakes Outfitters Scammers
If you haven't done so already please go to http://www.huntinfo.com & post your concerns under outfitter review.
Sat, 2007-12-22 22:29#2
Just a big thank you, I almost booked a hunt with this outfitter and you made up my mind. Thanks again
Wed, 2007-12-26 10:10#3
rich sorry you did not enjoy your hunt. however i would like to clarify some facts you posted. first of all all of our guides are paid. our minimum is 130". two of the guides did not shoot small bucks. we do shut down farms when a certain number of bucks are taken. this is part of our extensive managment progrom. the reason we do this is to ensure large bucks for the future. if a guide went in and hunted they were trying to take does only. this is also part of our herd managment. as far as me being "drunk", there is a differnece between drinking a couple of beers with the clients and getting drunk. i understand that some people do not condone drinking but we have chosen to allow hunters to drink after the hunt is over. also i would like to know who your guide was that did not pick you up. i have no knowledge of this and i will address the situation(trust me).once again sorry you did not enjoy your hunt. ted
Wed, 2007-12-26 10:44#4
by the way rich....what year did you hunt with us?
Thu, 2008-01-03 08:31#5
Every thing I stated in my post was true.
It is normally not in my nature to criticize, but I have hunted about a dozen different states with about 18 or so outfitters. This was by far the worst. I am not here to debate, just to inform other hunters. Every thing I stated in my post was true. Your guides did in deed shoot 2 small bucks, I was standing there when you measured them. I forget my guides name, but he is pictured on your web site about 6 times with very nice deer. If you look at your site I would say 50% of the Pics are of your guides. The two younger guides explained that they don’t get paid, they receive a free hunt. This seemed to be the case. In all of my guided hunting trips I never had to share the farm with my guide.(you can see how this would naturally be a conflict).
I am not against drinking, but the night you measured the deer shot by the hunter from Georgia was ridicules. You took 3 different measurements and got 3 different results, your hands where shaking uncontrollably. He refused to pay your fine and basically told you to go pound salt. As far as your deer management is concerned. If you remember Tom the one that shot the nice 140 on the Drury Farm. You stated that no one had hunted that farm yet. You just acquired the farm prior to gun season. You put 2 hunters & a guide on there to see what you had. (basically a scout & Hunt). The two hunters you put on that farm saw a lot of action. Tom shot 1 deer off the farm and it was closed to your paying clients. If that’s the way you manage that fine, but 1 deer per farm and closed.
I don’t know what your success rate is, but that week in November of 2005 your guides shot more deer then you paying clients.
Thanks for your belated concerns,
Sun, 2008-01-06 17:53#6
Eagle Lakes Outfitters Scammers
Tue, 2008-01-08 10:16#7
im not here to debate either and once again i am sorry you did not enjoy yourself. i find your comments very odd though. once agin they are just not true. when i score deer at night i have 10 or so people talking to me wich makes adding up several numbers in your head very difficult. ever try to count to 100 with someone standing next to you counting in a different sequence. any way i guarantee you we did not tell you that we just bought that farm because we closed on it april 20 of that spring. and it was not shut down because of one buck killed. that was probably the last one we were going to allow for that farm. 50% of our pics are not guides! well let me clarify. at one time or another many of our guides were clients. this is where some people get confused. as for the 2007 season. we had 3 guides kill deer and it was also after our clients were done. we have made some changes since you were here. hopefully for the better. i hope you understand that no matter what business someone is in there are things that go wrong and there is also room for improvement. we take an active role to correct any problems. anyhow i hope you have good luck in the future and once again sorry you did not enjoy your hunt. ted
Wed, 2011-07-27 20:45#8
I know I am a bit late, say 3-4 years, but I am very suprised on your experience at Eagle Lakes Outfitters. Ted and Tina run a fantastic outfit. The guides are awsome and the deer are huge. I come from a small town in Pennsylvania. I had my first out of state hunt at Eagle lakes and shot a awsome buck in 2009. Last year, 2010, I shot another great buck, and have a hunt booked again this year. The farms are beautiful, stands are very nice, and its just an all around great and relaxing time. I look forward to going every year, its a great vacation from school and work. Rich, I am sorry for your bad experience but as I stated before, the guides and the owners run a top notch operation and continue to do so.
Sun, 2011-10-23 20:44#9
Eagle Lakes Outfitters
I just returned home last week from a hunt at Eagle Lakes. It was my first time I had been to
IL. I had a wonderful time. Tina and Ted are wonderful host, the food was great and the guides
were wonderful. They make sure you are happy and if you do not like a stand they move you.
They pretty much cater to your needs the entire time you are there. I am a new hunter and have
been to a few outfitters, all of the outfitters I have been to do allow alcohol after the hunts, it's
usually after dinner. I don't always drink after hunting but it does not bother me when others
do. It's your personal choice. My advice is...if you do not drink alcohol and do not like to be
around social drinkers, you should seek outfitters that do not allow alcohol. Again, I am a new
hunter and I do know that when a deer is killed on a food plot wherever and whoever I am
hunting with we leave it alone for a while. Chances of going back in so soon are not so good.
My experience at Eagle Lakes was great and I look forward to returning with my husband and kids
next time because I think they would absolutely love it!! Ted, Tina and there crew are down to
earth people and that is the kind of people I like to be around. Again, the food was delicious!!
Keep up the good work guys!
Fri, 2012-01-27 15:15#10
Hunting at Eagle lakes
I too hunted at Eagle lakes last fall on a all ladies bow hunt...I found the place to be beautiful, and the food was great..All the guides and Tina and Ted were very nice people...I never came home with a deer, not even a doe..I really never seen much activity, I thought I would for sure, Thats what Pike County Ill is known for...I seen 2 questionable bucks, but I didn't want to shoot one and pay a fine...one never came in close enough and the other smelled where Todd my guide and I walked in...and he left with out a trace..I just think it was an off year for them, I mean, till I seen some of the pic, of other men hunters, not alot of bucks, but a few...No jaw dropers except for one...But what I didn't like about it, was most of the guides smoke, and I am a scent control nut....So I dindt like walking past all the smokers on the porch and my guide smoked so he had scent all over him while walking me to and from my stand...The stands I hunted more than once, I would tell him, I would walk in by myself...I take all precautions to not get winded...I have been hunting for 30 years, so I know all about scent control...The front poarch is where everyone smoked, so us hunters walked by it all day long, and there was someone always out there smoking...other than that and not seeing to many deer, it was a beautiful place, I think I paid alot of money to hunt and not see many deer or come home with one...infact only a few does were taken and a coyotee got one ..One lady did shoot a buck, but it was never recoverd...I had 5 ladies in my lodge, and several more ladies with filming crews at another, so there was alot of us, but there was alot of farms, so we weren't all together hunting the same area...that was a good thing...another bad thing was , Youth season was the weekend before we got there, and we arrived 2 days after season...I don't know where the kids hunted, but that makes for another hard hunt, with guns going off and more people in the fields with 4 wheelers and such...and we had a full moon ...The moon didn't bother me as much as the smoking did...I am fom Mo, and I took a very nice 10 pointer in velet openeing day of our archery season, and the moon was full...So all in all....would I hunt there again, maybe.....Like I said , it was a beautiful place...