As the owner of Full Draw Hunts Inc., my goal is to provide each and every hunter with a memorable western Illinois whitetail hunting experience. This means keeping our camp small, personal and always quality driven. Just like you, I have spent the majority of my life chasing whitetails and learning their habits. Those experiences laid the foundation for my personal strategies and goals for Full Draw Hunts. With 11 years of guiding experience, I look back at all the great memories made and great bucks harvested over the years and it really puts everything into perspective as to what this business is really all about. It’s about giving each and every hunter an equal opportunity and the best chance possible to harvest a quality western Illinois whitetail. We have done a phenomenal job of this in the past while always striving to improve for the future. In my mind, the key is our small camp sizes and surrounding all Full Draw clients with guides that truly care and will do anything to see them be successful. These strategies combined with our extremely strict management practices will allow us to continue to offer all of our hunters one of the highest opportunity rates in the entire state of Illinois. FDH is my full time job, not just a hobby or something I do on the side.
Rodney Cook has spent his entire life in Adams county and has been a guide in western Illinois for 20 years leading to countless client harvest’s and success stories. To call him an asset would be a huge understatement as he is a very well respected member of the Full Draw staff. Rodney’s drive, motivation and passion for helping hunters reach their goals are what sets him apart. Whether its moving a stand in the middle of the night or spending 2-3 days tracking, Rodney is dedicated and there for anything that any Full Draw client may need. By taking such a hands on approach, Rodney has gained the reputation of one of the best guides in western Illinois and his success proves that year after year. Rodney is also an instructor for the state of Illinois’ Hunter Safety Course and an avid videographer, who has filmed hunts all over the world including numerous dangerous game hunts in South Africa for Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Crocodile, Hippopotamus and Leopard. His experiences and videos in the dark continent definitely make for some interesting stories around camp. I’d like to personally thank Rodney for all of his help and dedication to FDH. Without him none of this would be possible.
New for 2015, all Full Draw clients will stay in the brand new FDH Lodge located 10 minutes east of Mendon, Illinois. FDH prides itself on being the premier small & quality based operation in the midwest and our new lodge further cements this reputation. The FDH Lodge is centrally located to all of the Full Draw farms and you will find all of the comforts of home including HD TV and WiFi. With more space and privacy, this will greatly benefit each and every FDH hunter while providing an even more enjoyable Illinois hunting experience. FDH also offers a fully operational Archery Pro Shop and a 3D archery range so all clients can check their equipment upon arrival or make any necessary adjustments.
The season at FDH does not start until the last week of October each fall and this gives us a huge advantage when it comes to killing mature whitetails. The majority of our entire season comes down to 5 weeks from late October through Thanksgiving. FDH is a 100% Archery Only operation ensuring higher opportunity rates at a true trophy class Illinois whitetail.
Full Draw even offers annual and long term whitetail hunting leases if you’re looking to lock up your own farm in one of our strictly managed areas of western Illinois. Our fully guided whitetail hunting packages include lodging in our rustic, remote and brand new lodge, home cooked dinners and a strategically planned Illinois hunting experience on our strictly managed and 100% Fair Chase whitetail properties.
The fact is we do this full time year around and take a lot of pride in what we do. Our focus is on preparing for the whitetail season all year long and giving you a quality opportunity at the trophy you are looking for. This is not a hobby or something we just do on the side.
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