When it's wet "YOU WALK"!!
"Do Not Ever Drive on and/or Across Any Field for Any Reason"
To the subject of "What Has To Happen" when its raining and/or has rained too much. So with understanding that we all are a bunch of
rednecks at heart. I know that the first thought that goes thru our mind when we are setting in our truck and suddenly see a mud
puddle is "HERE, HOLD MY BEER CUZ I KNOW I CAN MAKE IT", lol. Well I know that is probably the absolute most fun of ways to look
at things. But when it comes to the Midwest, a Farmer / Landowner has a completely opposite attitude when it comes to driving on
their crop fields and road ways during wet and/or muddy conditions. The attitude in farm country is and always will be "When It's Wet
- WE WALK REGARDLESS". To a farmer there is absolutely no exception, no excuse, nor any rhyme nor reason for anyone to be
driving anything of any kind on any hay field, corn field, bean field or any field of any kind whether it be wet or dry. Nor will it ever be
acceptable to be making and/or leaving any kind of rut in a access lane way. So before anyone asks.. "NO IT IS NOT
PERMISSIBLE TO DRIVE ON ANY FIELD OF ANY KIND AT ANY TIME FOR ANY REASON and I DONT GIVE
TWO SHITS HOW DRY IT IS EITHER!! NO IT IS NOT, NOR WILL IT EVER BE PERMISSIBLE TO DRIVE A
VEHICLE OF ANY KIND ON or ACROSS ANY FIELD or ACCESS LANE WHILE IT IS and/or HAS BEEN
RAINING". I am sure you would not want someone to drive their truck across your front lawn for any reason right as that would be
rude and disrespectful. So by comparison....Doing something like that in this neck of the woods is as rude as intentionally throwing
rocks to break out the windows out of some ones house.
"Don't Even Drive On or Across a Crop Field Even if it is Dry"
Reason #1: For those that are not familiar with farm country. Please know that farmers spend ALLOT of money on field tiling
which the "Cost is up to $1000.oo Per Acre"! What is field tiling you ask...? Field tiling is done for the purpose to help the field
drain off the water properly in order to maintain proper moisture levels and prevent field flooding that can drown out crops. There fore
Driving On or Across A Field Can & Will Damage Under Ground Tiles that are buried under ground.
Reason #2: Allot of farm fields these days are determined by the U.S. Government to be H.E.L. (Highly Erodible Land). Therefore
No Till Practices/Equipment are used for planting / growing methods. So staying off of these types of fields as much as possible are
must. I have farmers that don't even like someone even just parking inside a gateway.
So now that I hope everyone understands that it can be "Very Costly" to a farmer to have to repair damaged field tiles or a rutted up &
damaged lane way. Because I know everyone is aware that walking is the best way to access the woods in pursuit of a deer. "Come
Prepared to Walk in the Event that It is and/or has been Raining". In the past I have not allowed hunters to bring their own atv's or
utv's to utilize while hunting as I have always been available to help you get your equipment in & out of the woods. As well, us guides
have always done all of the deer dragging & field dressing anyways. Trust me, we try to work smart and not hard.
What if You Have a Long Walk? Can I bring my own atv? For those that want to bring their own ATV due to having a
physical limitation and/or trouble walking long distances. For those that can potentially have an extremely long walk on any given day
and/or a rainy day. You first need to take into consideration that you will run a very high risk of damaging the outcome of your hunt
with the repeated daily use of a quad. But Please feel free to contact me so we can discuss your situation. That way we can discuss
the risks, thoughts & options for anyone wanting to bring their own atv. Please Know that there will be strict rules & guidelines for
anyone bringing their own atv/utv for personal use on any of our farms.
"Reasons Why We Do Not Recommend Using an Atv During Your Hunt"
It Is and Always Will Be Recommended to ALL Hunters to "Walk the Center Most Part of the Fields While Going To &
From Their Stand Sites At All Times"!! Always Stay away from potential bedding areas and never walk the edges of
the timber lines at any time in efforts to eliminate spooking deer from their bedding areas.
1.) Keep in mind that the deer local to these farms and/or areas are not accustomed to the sounds and/or activities of an unfamiliar
quad or vehicle of any kind.
2.) Because the driving of any vehicles are not permitted/allowed on or across crop fields at any time for any reason. Hunters would be
forced to drive a quad along the edges of timber lines. Therefore hunters that would be driving their quad both to and from a stand
site in the mornings, afternoons, evenings. That hunter would be literally driving right by the bedding areas of deer that are bedded up
on the hillsides and just inside timber lines. Thus a hunter would be spooking deer out of their beds to then run off the property and
onto the neighboring properties. The end result would be that you just cost yourself deer sightings for the day. Not to mention that
you potentially just got that deer shot & killed by a neighboring hunter.
3.) With the daily practice of a hunter using an atv to access stand sites in order to save on walk time & distance. This practice will
spook deer out of their comfortable bedding area enough times that the risk is highly likely those deer will now begin to spend more
time OFF of OUR farm and more time on the neighbors.
In a nutshell, Our hunters really shouldn't need to haul their own quad to Illinois for anything. If you need to get heavy stands in
& out of the woods? We are available and already have quads here to help with that. If you have a deer that needs drug out? We
already complete that task with you anyway and we have quads & drag sleds to assist those tasks. For the hunters in good health that
know your morning walk is going to be a little longer than anticipated. Prepare yourselves for it properly by leaving the lodge a little
earlier in the morning. Also properly dress down for the journey and then taking your time walking slowly to your stand site in order to
prevent sweating up. Always remember that being as stealthy as possible by walking to and from your stand sites will help to increase
your odds of success while hunting here In IL. But an ATV will only help to decrease your odds by scaring deer off thus ruining your