Co owner of Carter Outdoors
As a native of Pike County, Illinois, Dale has seen tremendous change take place. Growing up as a youngster Dale learned to hunt, chasing squirrels and rabbits, only because when he was a kid, the whitetail deer had yet to be introduced to Pike County. He recalls hunting his first whitetail deer around the time Dale started high school. Some years later, Dale relocated to California to join the Marine Corp in the 70’s. After Dale’s tour of duty, he decided to stay around California and that is when he started his real-estate career.
Seeing the future of outdoor recreation, Dale started purchasing property in the hills along the Illinois River. “I would come home in the fall for approximately 3 weeks and I always was able to take a trophy buck with my bow” –Dale Carter. He later sold his large Real Estate Company in 1996 in order to return home and focus on his new business endeavor of outfitting with co-owner and nephew Nathan Carter. By this time, The Carter Boys controlled about 5,000 contiguous acres which enabled them to implement a trophy management program. “In just three short years, signs of big trophy whitetail bucks seemed to be everywhere, “stated Carter. By adhering to a strict management program and limiting the number of hunters that hunt with them, it ensured a better hunt for clientele and a healthier, stronger whitetail herd. You could say that they are a true Trophy Whitetail Buck Outfitter. Over the years, not only has their T.V. exposure grown, but their business and positive reputation has grown as well. “I have been very privileged to become associated with Tom Miranda as a Solocam Pro on his show Matthews “Dominant Bucks,” Dale Carter. Matthews “Dominant Bucks” is a highly acclaimed television show on the Outdoor channel, which covers all aspects of hunting the Dominant Whitetail buck. This show is a must see for any hunter, so watch every week.
Since Pike County is the perfect Whitetail habitat, the deer herd has increased rapidly. If you were to pick a point on a map and design a perfect Whitetail environment, Pike County has it. Carter Outdoors continues to strive for professionalism and integrity in offering a hunt of a lifetime, where Your Dreams can truly Become Reality.
Co owner of Carter Outdoors
Nathan has lived on what is known as the home place for the last 32 years. He has lived his entire life in Pike county and has walked these farms since he was a little boy, hunting all kinds of game such as squirrel, rabbit, turkey, whitetail deer, and even ginseng roots. Nathan also is a retired logger, which has given him keen knowledge of the lay of the land for the property they control. There is not a ridge, ditch, or tree that is unfamiliar to Nathan on his land.
Lonnie “Lonzo” Carter is no stranger to hunting. He grew up in the game enriched Pike County hunting a variety of animals such as turkey, squirrel, rabbits, and whitetail deer. Just like the rest of his family, Lonnie has traveled up and down the steep hills of the Illinois River bluffs all of his life and knows the terrain well. “I love the outdoors and everything about it. From the crashing of horns of big bucks to sound of gobblers sings in the spring.” Lonnie not only guides clients but aids with all aspects of Carter Outdoors deer stands, helps with food plots, and puts his construction skills to work around the multiple lodge locations.
“Life at Carter Outdoors fits me to a T. I am able to guide hunters from all over the nation and am able to see many of them bag a buck of a lifetime. We also have a great close knit team of family and friends that make everything here at Carter’s possible. Being a part of all that makes what I do special. I find myself in a very lucky situation being able to turn my passion of hunting and the outdoors into a lifestyle. With all of that said I truly believe the best is yet to come.” –Lonnie
Randy was born in raised in Pike county. Carter blood runs deep in Randy’s veins; being a Nephew of Dale’s and cousin to Nathan and Lonnie. Growing up playing at the home place, Randy has learned the hills, timber, and steep Illinois river bluffs where the big bucks roam. Randy not only guides hunters, but does photography, manages the phones, takes care of paperwork, and about everything in between. His main focus though is to put his hunters on a giant buck and to ensure his clients have the best possible time.
All our hunts are fully guided with lodging, meals, and field dressing included. We have tremendous success throughout our entire hunt. Our country is farm fields surrounded by big hills and hardwood timber. The food plots of corn, soybean, and clover are strategically located. If you are looking for a place to harvest a Trophy Whitetail Buck of a lifetime, Carter Outdoors offers that opportunity.
Six Questions to ask before booking a hunt:
- Exactly what does the hunt include and not include?
- What is the minimum size of buck how is it enforced?
- Can you provide at least three names of successful and unsuccessful hunters?
- How many acres per hunter are allowed at one time?
- How many hunters are there per guide?
- Are the outfitters and guides actual bowhunters?
Carter Outdoors is a family operation. We know the country and the bucks.
If you’re looking to harvest a World Class Whitetail, let Carter Outdoors provide you that opportunity.