A quality trophy management program has been practiced since 1988. Our average mature 3 ½ year old buck will score 140” plus and field dress between 185 to 230 lbs. The Current stats on doe to buck continue to be less than 3 to 1. Our harvest success has averaged between 36% to 42% over the last seven years and our opportunity has averaged 60% to 65% on trophy bucks. We own and control approximately 5,000 acres located in the hills along the Illinois River. To ensure low hunting pressure we limit our number of hunters to one hunter per 500 acres. Our hunts are archery only. With over 300 stand locations available, you can count on a great hunt regardless of wind, time of year, or available food supply.
It is unbelievable how well our 140” minimum is working. The 2013 season will produce even more Boone and Crockett trophies because of our management system. We continue to see numerous bucks that will exceed 200”. We had over 29 bucks that exceed 160”, which made it through for the 2013 season. It is incredible the amount of big bucks our management program has produced in the past few years.
If you don’t hunt at Carter Outdoors, it’s just another hunt!