Hunting is on private property limited to only a few hunters each year to ensure a quality hunt. In 2016 we only allowed 15 bow hunters to hunt. We cater to bow hunters and have a special deer muzzleloader hunt for a few hunters. Bow hunters can also get a bonus hunt for fall gobblers. A spring bow and shotgun gobbler hunt is also available.
Primitive camping is available at no cost with electricity furnished. You can also make arrangements at a nearby homes, guest houses, bed and breakfasts or motels that are very reasonable, the closest being 4 miles away. There are homes in the area that you can rent for a nominal fee. I will furnish you with information as to how to contact them. Local eating facilities can be found as close as 8 mile away from Deer Ridge Acres.
Bring your own tree stands and hunt where you want. Safety harnesses approved by the Tree Stand Manufacturer's Association (http://www.tmastands.com) must be worn at all times when hunting above the ground. Deer Ridge Acres is not responsible for accidents. Hunters must sign a waiver for insurance purposes.
You are allowed to come one day early to scout and to set your own tree stands.
Bring a group and have an entire farm to yourself! Group rates are available for a group of four or more hunters.
Last year non-resident hunters paid $410.00 for a permit, $35.75 for an Illinois hunting license and $5.50 for a habitat stamp. You are allowed one buck and one doe. You can get one wild turkey permit for an extra $75.50 and bag a turkey while deer hunting.
Deer processing, wrapping, freezing or cold storage are available nearby. An archery target is available on site for practice shooting.
No trophy fee is accessed for getting "The Big One". We encourage you to shoot a mature buck or doe and leave the small ones for next year. No fawns please. To help manage the quality of our bucks, a 130 class buck is the minimum that we ask you shoot. Hunters are required to report to the management all wounded and killed deer and any dead deer that you may find in the field.
Due to limited Non-Resident deer permits and limited openings, down payments are non-refundable unless you are replaced by another hunter with the approval of the management.
2317 Grey Stone Dr.
Springfield, IL 62704
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