How do you book a hunt with Full Draw?

Your first step towards booking a hunt with Full Draw Hunt Co. is to contact Jeff at 217-440-5553 or at fulldrawhuntco@gmail.com to check for availability and rates.  After you have finalized your dates and received the Full Draw Hunt Co. 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. All Deposits and Payments are Non Refundable. In the event of a cancellation, your hunt dates and payments are not guaranteed to be transferable. 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 Hunt Co., 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.  At FDH, we utilize a variety of elevated box blinds including several Redneck 5×6 and 6×6 fiberglass blinds. 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 fulldrawhuntco@gmail.com if you have any concerns.

What is the minimum trophy size at Full Draw?

Full Draw Hunt Co. 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 harvest not meeting FDH requirements. Any whitetail harvest not meeting Full Draw Hunt Co. management requirements is also subject to immediately become property of Full Draw Hunt Company LLC. This policy eliminates the possibility of a hunter planning on and being prepared to pay the fine, regardless of age, antler size and direction from FDH Staff. This policy will be dealt with on a case by case basis.  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.