Archery Only

 THE PREMIER ARCHERY ONLY OUTFITTING COMPANY

Full Draw Hunts

New for 2017, Full Draw Hunts Inc. has officially made the switch to become a 100% Archery Only Outfitting Company in West Central Illinois. More mature bucks with much less pressure leading to the highest 4.5 year old and older opportunity rates in the state.

Located in West Central Illinois, FDH consists of a low volume, personal and professional camp operating on over 3200 acres. Entering our 8th year in business, our focus remains on our small camp atmosphere consisting of a maximum of 8 hunters. We are a 100% fair chase operation and strictly manage farms in Adams, Hancock & Schuyler counties. When you hunt with FDH you can rest assured that your hunt is of the upmost importance to all of us and our goal is to provide you with a successful hunting experience that will bring you back year after year. Small camp and mature Illinois Whitetails, that’s FDH.

 

 

About

The foundation of FDH was built on quality hunting experiences, honesty and integrity. The numerous harvests and the lifelong friendships made continue to drive our will to succeed. This combined with our low pressure and low impact strategy, has allowed us to reach an unmatched level of quality for each and every FDH client. FDH is owned and operated by experienced guides and hunters who understand and are willing to do what it takes to see you be successful. With a combined 30+ years of guiding experience and countless client success stories, we not only limit the number of hunters but we also limit the number of weeks that we operate.

Premier Western Illinois Whitetail Deer Hunting OutfitterFDH operates in select areas of West Central Illinois. Schuyler, Adams & Hancock Counties are where we focus our efforts to ensure you a quality based Illinois hunting experience on over 3,200 acres of managed whitetail habitat. Full Draw Lodge, located east of Mendon, is centrally located to all of our strictly managed and 100% Archery Only properties.

Come hunting season, our farms go untouched until the last week of October as the pre rut and rut begins, which only lasts a total of 5 weeks.  When you combine this with the fact that we are fortunate to have a client base of hard core & scent conscious hunters, it is easy to see why we are able to have the success that we have. FDH is operated on 100% Fair Chase private property where there are absolutely NO TROPHY FEES. We do enforce a 4.5 year old minimum on all Full Draw farms. This policy aids us in providing one of the best opportunities available at trophy and more importantly, mature whitetails. Contact Jeff Butler, FDH Owner, anytime with questions or to book your Quality Based West Central Illinois hunt at 217-440-5553.

As a Western Illinois Land Specialist for Mossy Oak Properties, we can also assist you in purchasing or leasing the Illinois farm you’re looking for. Mossy Oak Properties specializes in premier farming, recreational and investment properties in West Central Illinois. Whether you are looking to Buy, Sell or Lease, contact Jeff Butler at 217-440-5553 for all of your Illinois Real Estate needs.

 

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Guides

Jeff Butler- Owner 

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.

Full Draw Hunts - Jeff Butler

Rodney Cook- Head Guide

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.

Full Draw Hunts - Rodney

 

FAQ

How do you book a hunt with Full Draw?

Your first step towards booking a hunt with Full Draw is to contact Jeff at 217-440-5553 or at fulldrawhuntsinc@gmail.com to check for availability and rates.  After you have finalized your dates and received the Full Draw Hunts contract via email or mail, you will need to mail in your signed contract with your 50% deposit to hold your spot.  Once your deposit is received, your spot is finalized and set. Deposits are nonrefundable but can be rolled into a future hunt no later than 45 days prior to your hunt dates.  Due to the very low number of hunters Full Draw takes, it is necessary to require a nonrefundable deposit.  Next you will contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to purchase your nonresident archery or firearm permit by going to http://dnr.state.il.us/ or by calling 888-673-7648.  You will need an archery permit, a Nonresident hunting license and a Habitat Stamp.  Archery Permits are $410 while licenses are $57 for a full season and $35 for a 5 day license.  The Habitat stamp is $5.  Please make sure you acquire all 3 prior to your hunt.  Contact Jeff at 217-440-5553 with any questions or concerns.

When do you arrive for a hunt with Full Draw?

Please make arrangements to arrive at 3 PM on the day prior to your hunt.  If you decide to fly, make arrangements to fly into St. Louis, Missouri or Quincy, Illinois.  St. Louis International Airport is 2.5 hours from the Full Draw Lodge.  There are also daily flights between St. Louis and the Quincy Regional Airport for under $100 roundtrip, which puts you within 20 minutes of the FDH Lodge to be picked up.

What hunting tactics & equipment will be used at Full Draw?

At Full Draw Hunts, safety is our number one concern and we utilize Millennium M150, M60 and Muddy Outfitter tree stands hung at 17-19′. Millennium & Big Game 20′ ladder sticks are utilized for safe entry and exit. Each and every treestand is equipped with a Life Line style safety apparatus, ensuring that you are locked in and safe from the time you leave the ground until the time you return.  Each treestand is also equipped with an EZ Hanger style bow hanger which is one less thing for you to worry about.  Double Bull and Ameristep ground blinds are also used with great success. We have a variety of sets for each phase of the hunting season as our tactics change throughout the fall. If you are in excess of 300 lbs. please contact FDH to discuss treestand/ ground blind options. We like to focus our setups on food sources, travel routes and bedding areas while paying strict attention to the wind.  Make sure to contact Jeff at 217-440-5553 or at fulldrawhuntsinc@gmail.com if you have any concerns.

What is the minimum trophy size at Full Draw?

Full Draw Hunts has a strict 4.5 year old minimum (mature cull bucks and youth hunts are exempt from this policy).  We find it very useful in assuring that the 120-140″ 2.5 & 3.5 year old bucks do not get harvested.  This allows us to guarantee that these deer make it to at least 4.5 years old. We run a very strict management plan and this policy is plays a crucial role.  There is a $1250 fine for any 2.5 year old deer and a $750 fine for any 3.5 year old deer that are harvested.  All Full Draw farms are 100% fair chase and there are absolutely NO TROPHY FEES.

What is included in the price of a hunt at Full Draw?

The price of your hunt covers a strategically planned whitetail hunt on our unpressured whitetail properties, lodging at our beautiful FDH Lodge, home cooked dinners after each day of hunting, guide services, transportation, cleaning and prep of your animal for photography, a photo session and an overall enjoyable hunting experience. All Licenses need to be acquired by the hunter prior to the hunt.  You will need a Non Resident Archery Permit, Non Resident Hunting License (5 day or full season available) and a Habitat stamp.  Please make sure you have all 3 prior to your hunt.

What happens if a mature buck is wounded at Full Draw?

Unfortunately it is part of hunting and it happens to everyone.  Rodney Cook and Jeff Butler will work unbelievably hard to help you recover your buck of a lifetime.  With that said, a wound is a kill and this will be dealt with on a case by case basis.  Take high percentage and ethical shots and the rest will take care of itself.  If you have any question’s please feel free to contact us to discuss.

 

FDH Lodge

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.

Rates

October 21-26

$3300 6 Days
    • Archery
    • Pre Rut
    • 8 Hunters Max

October 28-November 2

$3300 6 Days
    • Archery
    • Pre Rut
    • 8 Hunters Max

November 4-9

$3300 6 Days
    • Archery
    • Rut
    • 8 Hunters Max

November 11-16

$3300 6 Days
    • Archery
    • Rut
    • 8 Hunters Max

January 2-7

$2500 6 Days
    • Archery
    • Late Season
    • 5 Hunters Max

January 9-14

$2500 6 Days
    • Archery
    • Late Season
    • 5 Hunters Max

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.

Book Your Hunt

Thank you for deciding to book your next Illinois whitetail hunt with Full Draw Hunts Inc. The first step in the process is to call Jeff Butler at 217-440-5553 to inquire about available dates and pricing. You can also email Jeff at fulldrawhuntsinc@gmail.com. Once your dates and season has been selected, you will be emailed a standard Full Draw Hunts Inc. Hunter Contract which will need to be printed off, filled out and mailed back to FDH with your deposit.

Deposits

Full Draw Hunts Inc. requires a 50% deposit to book your hunt with your balance being due by August 1st of the year of your hunt. Special arrangements can be made if necessary. All deposits are Non Refundable but can be deferred to a later hunt no less than 45 days prior to your hunt dates. Once your deposit has been received and processed, your dates are officially booked and it’s time to start preparing for your upcoming Illinois whitetail hunt.

Permits & Licenses

Full Draw Hunts Inc. can assist you throughout the entire Illinois permit process thanks to our vast knowledge of the online system. FDH is extremely detail oriented when it comes to every aspect of your hunt and the permit process is no exception. All hunters will need 3 items- a Non Resident Archery Permit, a 5 Day or Full Season Hunting License and a Habitat Stamp. For any assistance with the permit process, contact Jeff Butler at 217-440-5553.

Permit & License Cost

Non Resident Archery Combo Permit-$410
Non Resident 5 Day Hunting License-$35
Non Resident Full Season Hunting License-$57
Habitat Stamp-$5

Management Policies

Full Draw Hunts Inc. operates under a strict management program with long term goals and success in mind. In order to ensure that these goals are met and exceeded, FDH has a strict 4.5 year old minimum. Instead of simply putting a score out there, we feel this policy does more to ensure that our common 120-140″ two and three year old bucks are at least guaranteed a pass until they are 4.5  years old. There is a $1250 fine that will be assessed for any 2.5 year old whitetail and a $750 fine for any 3.5 year old.  Deer not meeting our management criteria and will be determined on a case by case basis.

Ready to Book?

1.  Contact Jeff Butler at 217-440-5553 to secure your dates.
2.  Print off and fill out the emailed Full Draw Hunts Hunter Contract.
3.  Mail in your contract to FDH with a Personal Check or schedule a Credit Card payment by phone.

Full Draw Hunts Inc.
1737 N 2250th Place
Mendon IL 62351

Buy…Sell…Lease

Buy…Sell…Lease 

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Mossy Oak Properties AgriRec Land was recently recognized in 2016 as one of “America’s Best Brokerages” for the 5th year in a row by The Land Report.  MOP AgriRec Land is a nationally known real estate brokerage specializing in premier hunting, farming, residential and investment land transactions. Regardless if you are looking to Buy, Sell or Lease, Western Illinois Land Specialist, Jeff Butler can assist you every step of the way.  Mossy Oak Properties AgriRec Land is a full service real estate company, an industry leader and has the only Certified Land Specialists in the industry!

As a lifelong outdoorsman, Jeff Butler’s life revolves around managing western Illinois farms for mature whitetails. Owning Full Draw Hunts and living in west central Illinois has provided Jeff with an opportunity to pursue his passion on a daily basis. This also affords Jeff the time and resources to provide potential buyers and sellers with the highest level of professional farm and recreational property sales in western Illinois. Honesty and integrity are the foundation of who he is and that makes him a perfect fit for Mossy Oak Properties. Whether you are looking for that perfect farm for growing and managing trophy Illinois whitetails or that perfect investment property with a solid financial return, Jeff has the resources to make it a reality. Specializing in farm land and recreational property, contact Jeff Butler today at 217-440-5553 for all of your western Illinois real estate needs.  Also be sure to check out the website at www.mossyoakproperties.com.

Looking For An Illinois Lease?

Are you are looking to lock up an exclusive hunting lease in one of our strictly managed areas of western Illinois?  Each year we have various tracts of prime whitetail property that become available for lease thanks to our large network of west central Illinois landowners.  We have developed solid relationships and an honest reputation in the area which gives us the edge in securing premier western Illinois farms with serious trophy whitetail potential.  We can also offer various game management services including food plot planting to assist you in reaching your management goals.

 

Please continue to check back regularly for new Illinois Leases or contact Jeff Butler at 217-440-5553 or at jbutler@mossyoakproperties.com.

 

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Jeff Butler - Full Draw Hunts

Jeff Butler-Owner
1737 N. 2250th Place
Mendon, IL 62351

E-mail: fulldrawhuntsinc@gmail.com
Telephone: (217) 440-5553

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