“Jarod, I just dropped my 140 inches class trophy 10 pt Whitetail Buck off at my taxidermist on my way home from Illinois Ohio Valley Trophy Hunts once again, this is getting to be a habit. This was my 4th trip out of the last 5 years, and if not for the economy it would have been 5 out of five years. Thanks to the help of your talented guide, Brandon Whitmire working hard for each hunter to have an opportunity to be successful, I connected on another Illinois Trophy. I have hunted Whitetails throughout the USA, Canada, and South America for Red Stag with many outfitters. Illinois Ohio Valley Trophy Hunts are second to none. Your Main lodge as well as your outpost lodge’s are all 1st class. We are always well fed & cared for with great home cooking and warm comfortable beds. Whatever the need of any hunter at any time of the hunt, you and your staff were always there for us.
Looking forward to next year & another great hunting experience. ”
-Tom Mattingley, Clayton NJ
“Jarod, Thanks for a wonderful archery hunt Nov 12th – 17th 2010, on the Saline County Property.
On Friday night at 5pm as I looked from my tree stand in the gorge up over the hill to the bean field I saw a large bodied deer.
As I looked through my range finder it was apparent it was a wall hanger. I used my doe bleat to call him down over the hill, but it was just too dark at 5:22pm, but it was a 170 + class buck. Over the 5 days of the hunt I saw 26 bucks. The big buck was on the morning of Nov 14th, at 9:28am. As I looked up along the stream bed at approximately 100yds it looked like a rocking chair coming towards me.
At 70yds I could see two large drop tines, then at 60 yds I saw a total of three drop tines and points everywhere.
It kept coming and at 45yds it turned sideways and stopped, smelling the foot prints of the 8pt that came up out of the gorge that I let pass.
I was at full draw waiting for it to move another four feet, which would put it at 40yds. At 45 yds there were too
many small branches covering the body, making a risky shot and possibly wounding the deer…..
I finally had to put down, taking about ten deep breaths to relax. All of sudden it noticed a doe at a 45 degree angle
farther out in the woods and walked directly away from the tree not allowing a shot. My knees started to shake so
bad I had to set down to recover. Yes I did not get to shoot this enormous deer, but this memory I will always have.
I texted Jarod, he said just relax, I have a picture of this guy on a trail camera, relaxing was easier said than done!”