BigHorn Outfitters offer quality deer hunting in Pike and Calhoun counties in West-Central Illinois. The deer herd in our area is known for producing many of the nation’s largest trophy whitetail. The areas consistent capability of producing record book whitetail deer never ceases to amaze me. In fact, in accordance to a compiled number of entries in all whitetail record books, Pike County Illinois deer hunting has placed more trophy whitetail bucks in the record books than any other location in the nation!
We offer quality deer hunting during the archery, shotgun and muzzle-loader seasons as well as a bow / gun combo hunt. Shotgun and muzzle-loader permits are acquired through a lottery draw from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Once you have your archery hunt booked and your hunt date has arrived, you will check in at the main lodge between 8:00 am and 11:00 am on the day prior to your hunt. This day will consist of a short meeting. This meeting will cover hunting guidelines, introduction of the staff and guides, and review of all permits and licenses.
Each hunter will be given time to change, unpack or head straight to the hunt. We will place you in a scouted hunting area to start your hunt. Depending on your preference, Bighorn has lock-on stands, ladder stands, and enclosed blinds set up on food plots, timbered ridges, bottle necks, and open agriculture fields for all different wind directions. We will work with you continuously to better your chances for a shot at a trophy deer.
We use Millennium Tree Stands throughout our farms. They are of the highest quality and built to withstand the harsh elements of our crazy Illinois weather (60 degrees one day and snowing the next ..we are not kidding, it happens 4 or 5 times a year!)
We also utilize a number of blinds that have plenty of room for 1 or 2 hunters. These blinds are great for keeping you dry and warm. There’s room to shoot out of all four sides, room to film if you choose, and you can sit or stand during your hunt.
After the Hunt
If you fill your tag early, we have alot of fun options
Tag Out Early…
If you fill your tag early, we have the option to take you duck hunting on the famous Mississippi Flyway! If you have never been duck hunting, be warned, it can be highly addictive!
If you are unfamiliar with the Mississippi Flyway, it is a bird migration route that generally follows the Mississippi River in the United States and the Mackenzie River in Canada. The migration route tends to narrow considerably in the lower Mississippi River valley in the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, which accounts for the high number of bird species found in those areas.
Typically birds use this route because no mountains or ridges of hills block the path over its entire extent. Good sources of water, food, and cover exist over its entire length. About 40% of all North American migrating waterfowl and shorebirds use this route.
We will provide you with a gun and ammo – all you need is your license and federal waterfowl stamps.
Our duck blind is well equipped. We have heat, a small stove, and plenty of room for you to relax and enjoy a hot breakfast while calling in ducks. If you tag out early, be sure to ask your guide for more information.