Brett Homer
Backwoods Whitetails Outfitters
      Owner and Head Guide
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Brett is the owner and head guide for Backwoods Whitetails
Outfitters. Born and raised in West Central Illinois, Brett has well over
25 years of experience in hunting all types of big and small game in
the backwoods of Illinois. Born the son of a gunsmith, Brett was
introduced into small game hunting as a young boy. Through his
fathers love of guns, hunting small game and upland birds. Brett
quickly developed a passionate hobby that would take him to a career
in the guiding whitetail hunters through the backwoods of West
Central Illinois. Though Brett has the desire to hunt other big game
animals, his heart is mainly into pursuing trophy whitetails and trying
to gain as much knowledge as he can whitetail deer. With his biggest
being measured  harvest being a 167" whitetail, Brett has guided
hunters to several Boone & Crockett class bucks although he has yet
to reach that 200" mark himself.

"Sure I would love to have a 200 incher on the wall, along with a double drop
tine also, lol. But neither God nor fate has willed it to me yet. I get in my some
stand time when i can which is very limited when you choose to guide hunters
for a career. "Making a living while watching everybody else having fun" pretty
much sums up being a whitetail guide. But I know for fact that we always have
a few big deer running around out here and if it is meant to be, it will happen.
So i try to focus more on still enjoying the time i get to spend in the stand
rather than worrying about what i didn't get to kill each season.
I capture several trophy class bucks on trail cam each year and I have put
clients on farms with bucks in both P&Y and B&C class categories. Some have
succeeded and some have not. But I am a guy that believes the fate of a buck
is always decided by the deer and not the hunter nor the guide. It will always
be hunting no matter how much money one invests and bow hunting for
specific bucks can and will be a mentally exhausting sport. So my best advice
to hunters is to enjoy the sport more than the harvest. Never forget that all of
these bucks are 100% wild and could show up anywhere at anytime and are
not born to be harvested by just anybody. My wife and I always hope for each
of our hunters to have the best of luck while out hunting one of our leased
farms and are thankful for the life each of our hunters have given us.

Brett & Bridge have been operating B.W.O. with a strict family &
friends style program.  With over 25 years experience scouting and
hunting whitetails combined with their passion for their hunters to
succeed. Hunters can rest assured that Brett knows what he is doing
to help make your hunt as successful and as comfortable as possible.

"We have been on and take several paid hunting trips ourselves and know
that there are many things that can vary from outfitter to outfitter. I know that
the weather and the animal activity will always be in the hands of Mother
Nature. But what i do know is how I wanted treated as a hunter and as a client
and that is something that is within my control. I know that deer camp means
something different to everyone, But to my wife & I, Deer Camp means family
& friends, having great time together, while hunting hard, eating some good
food and sharing laughter and camp stories. And I feel that If we can do all
that right. Then we all wont be able to wait until we can get to do it again next
We also understand that hunting is still hunting and though BIG BUCKS is
what we are all here for. Going home with an unfilled tag doesn't mean a lousy
unsuccessful trip. We want our hunters to understand that, is our goal for
everyone to get a deer. But the reality and the odds on for success while
hunting for Mature Monster bucks just doesn't always permit it. I feel that
through all the time my wife & I spend in the timber, running trail cams,
tweaking stand sites and preparing for the upcoming hunting season. We still
feel like we are part of the hunt when a client drags out a good one. And we
also feel the disappointment when one of our hunters goes home empty
handed. Bottom line is that we don't always have to be the one in the stand
suffering and/or the one pulling the trigger to feel like we were actually
hunting  with you ourselves."

On a closing note, "I want to thank my Dad, (Paul A. Homer Sr.) for sharing the
outdoors with me. I was him alone that gave me the passion and the desire to
spend as much time in the woods as possible. It was his inspiration as a self
employed business owner that gave me the courage to succeed with my own
adventures that made this all possible for both our hunters and myself to
share experiences. I can only hope that my son can somehow keep the legacy
alive and take the Backwoods Whitetails traditions to new and higher levels. I
do want to take this opportunity to thanks all of our hunters that are now
considered B.W.O. family as without them. Our dreams could not have been
made possible. It is truly the hunter that keep us going ".
God Bless everyone and best of luck to you all, each and every hunting
                                    Brett Homer