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MIdwest lease

Guys,

Who is interested in hunting the midwest for 2011?

I would like to find a small group of 4 - 6 guys and lease a farm in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio or Missouri.

I would think that 50 to 60 acres per hunter would be appropriate, particularly if we could find a farm that was 50 - 50 timber and agriculture or CRP fields.

If we did this... we could bow hunt and shotgun hunt (if applicable) on a private piece of land - with no intrusion.

Any interest?

Thanks -

Jim - 803.479.8975 cell 

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I would love to do something

I would love to do something like that Jim, but I'd have to move a little closer first. lol

Maybe if I get my job in Nebraska, but then again, I don't know why I would leave there to go hunt somewhere else.....

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I am interested.  Do these

I am interested.  Do these states you mention require you to draw a tag?

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Illinois is a tag system -

Illinois is a tag system - but as of right now, there were way many more tags that people that applied.

In that state, a bow permit is good state statewide and a shotgun permit is county specific - but both were available over the counter for the entire year.

I am not 100% sure in Ohio and Indiana, I beleive these states are over the counter.

Indiana has a "one and done" policy for bucks - at least in Illinois, you get a buck tag and a doe tag with your archery and shotgun permits, if you elect to hunt both seasons.

I have not looked into Missouri at all...

I do believe that the permits are the most expensive in Illinois.

I also belieive that if you check the Boone and Crockett record books, Illinois has a higher percentage of high scoring bucks.

All of these states regularly produce big bucks, however.

What I can not imagine is leaving Kansas to go to either of these states, Kansas has a reputation of producing some bruiser bucks.... but like you said, maybe land access is an issue.

I know some guys that go to Kansas regularly and they do very well on giant bucks - and by that I mean 140 to 170 class with some rergularity.

CA-V, you can get in, check your bow on the airlines and we will pick you up!

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So, how do you go about

So, how do you go about finding a farm to lease?

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There are several websites

There are several websites you can search... but you have to be real careful there.

I have a buddy that lives in Peoria and owns a farm in Knox County... I talked with him the other day and he is gonna start looking for me.

I will try to contact some QDMA members up there and put out some feelers out that way, also.

Other than that, this far away, these seem to be the best options.

If I was local, I would visit hardware and feed stores and put out flyers.

I have found SC leases by word of mouth and asking, asking and asking.

I found one last year because there was a lady that ran a campground for hunters and she knew someone that had a small lease available - but the point is, had I not asked, I would have never known.

I have a new lease in 2011 and I found it by asking a local hunting guide... his uncle owns some land and he was having issues with a long time tenant not paying timely... I called the uncle, went and met him (bringing my wife with me) and we hit it off - actually I think he liked my wife more than he liked me - and he flirted shamelessly with her - and I ended up with the lease.

Since he treated my wife so well, she was very supportive of taking the lease, too... best move I ever made was to take her with me that day!

I will see what I can discover for Illinois first and then branch out from there.

I have three guys in Lousiana that are interested also - I met them on the bow hunt this year.

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If I was not a poor college

If I was not a poor college student than I would be all over this. Imagine that, you would get a great set of hunting buddies but more importantly, you could have a personal hunting journalist that could write up your stories and have a chance at getting them published. You just have to convince Jim to come along on your hunts and take notes for his write up of your hunt. All joking aside, I would love to get in on this. Good luck on finding a good set up guys!

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Hawkeye, you hit on the

Hawkeye, you hit on the appeal of something like this.  I wrote that I never belonged to a hunting camp and missed the fellowship that exists there.  It is fun to solo hunt, but it is double or triple the fun when you can come back to camp and hear the tales of your fellow hunters.

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Hawkeye, I would be delighted

Hawkeye,

I would be delighted to help chronicle someone's hunt - but it is going to have to be on notes provided post hunt - because I am foing to be hunting while they are!!!

I am still interested in pursuing this lease idea - but getting the details worked out so that everyone is happy will be the 0hallenge.

One thing I did learn in Illinois this year - it does not take a lot of woods there to hold a LOT of deer.

In the south, 50 acres per hunter in a club is considered to be on the low end (very crowded) - I would not blink at that in the Midwest and would take even less!

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Kentucky Lease

Guys,

Here is a 320 acre Kentucky lease.

This is in Western Kentucky, just below the Ohio River, so almost in Illinois.

I have a buddy that knows the folks that control a large farm that adjoins this land and it is heavily managed for trophy bucks.

Several positives in KY

* one buck and done.... this has helped to keep a lot of bucks in the state

* an early bow season

* a fairly early ML season

* two 10 day rifle seasons (I think)

* this area has some eye popping bucks

The lease is going to be just under $6000.... I am thinking 7 guys at $850 each.

This is 45 acres per hunter and as you can see, the terrain is set up so a lot of folks could hunt at the same time.

If we wanted, we could do a lottery system and draw weeks - if we had to... I would say we should pass a calendar around - everyone write down when they want to hunt and see how many days we have that there are 4 or more hunters at the same time.

During bow season, I think we could all hunt with no issue.

320 acres is a lot of ground!

Also, as the season goes along, some will tag out and be removed from the equation - at least for bucks.

All legal - all games rules followed to the T - no hanky panky, everyone respectul of and helpful to others....

Anyone interested?

I am going to start inquiring.

Thanks - Jim

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PS - look at all of the ag

PS - look at all of the ag along the Illinois river and then this tract lays between two fairly large blocks of timber, with good ag all around.

Lots of funnels and pinch points on this property.

I have not been there but my guess is that most of the timbered property is likely hillsides that are not suitable for farming.

Topo map reviews seem to echo this thought - but I am not gonna state that until I go look at the property.

Need good, dedicated hunters only... who are willing to help others and who are cognizant of and respectful of all other members.

I would prefer hunters that are willing to go 125 with the bow and 140 with the gun - but I know mistakes are made and no one is gonna freak out if a smaller buck is taken.

Make one, though, and you are shortchanging yourself... with the one and done buck rule that WILL be strictly adhered to.

Jim

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