|Staff SGT. Lyndia Calhoun is the oldest child of Brett & Bridget. She
joined the Army prior to graduating high school. She has served
over seas in the Iraq war and Korea and is currently stationed in
Fort Sill, Oklahoma as a human resource specialist.
|Anthony Homer is Brett & Bridget's middle son that chose the Army
as a career prior to graduating high school. He has served over
seas in Afghanistan and is currently stationed in Fort Eusis, Virginia
serving as a mechanic.
|Mike Calhoun is the oldest son of Brett & Bridget and has served in
the US Army prior to graduating high school as a Human Resource
specialist. He has served several tours over seas both in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Mike is currently stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado.
|Backwoods Whitetail Outfitters is a state licensed guide service that is owned and operated by experienced resident Illinois whitetail deer hunters. Our deer camp
is a small family owned business that is dedicated to improving your hunting experiences each and every year. Our Lodge is 7500 square feet containing 12
private guest rooms, a large living room area, spacious banquet room, bathrooms, showers, a "Scent Free" laundry facility, forced air boot dryer, an indoor animal
care area with large meat processing area with 20,000 square feet of off road parking and the lodge is located right next to a gas station with convenient store.
And yes, they sell beer, Lol.
ALL of our hunting properties are privately owned leased farmland having a variety of terrain combinations ranging from large to small tracts of timber, hardwood
ridges, CRP fields, river bottoms, hay fields with grassy draws & fingers and large crops fields full of whitetail food sources such as corn, soybeans, wheat, oats,
clover and alfalfa fields. On some of our farms we have planted both summer and winter food plots specifically with the whitetail deer in mind. In a nutshell, each
of our properties is unique in it's own way. Each and every year these properties have proven their abilities to produce Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett
Trophy class whitetail bucks.
Now even though Illinois has a 16 week long deer season each year. At Backwoods Whitetails we only conduct hunts during specific weeks of each season.
These specific weeks are based on what we feel will give hunters the best of hunting opportunities each season. As well, we only take a limited number of archery,
firearm, muzzleloader and crossbow hunters. This is done to help prevent the over harvesting of whitetails in our area as well as limit the negative effects from
over hunting. Not to mention this also helps to ensure that our local whitetail population stays healthy and our hunter success rates remain at high levels.
To help assist in a hunter success, each individual hunter or group of hunters are assigned to their own property/properties. Each hunter/hunters have their own
lease for the entire time that they are here to hunt. This gives each hunter enough room to move/hunt with the ever changing wind directions and move onto
changing deer activity without bumping into their hunting partners. To help assist in our hunters success, we even allow the hunter/hunters (that have already reserved
their hunt with a paid deposit) to come out in the spring for a pre hunt scouting trip. This allows hunters to observe and fully scout their requested/assigned properties
while the spooking of local game is not damaging to their future hunt. Hunters can even look for shed antlers that may have already dropped showing them their
potential for the upcoming hunting season. We feel this opportunity gives the serious hunters that extra edge to help ensure that he/she will spend more time in
the stand hunting other than wandering around or wondering just what is around the corner. So with the assistance of resident guides, preset stands, proper
scent control and a high level of whitetail rutting activity. Our hunters have all the confidence he/she needs to stay in the stand all day and hopefully come home
with a trophy buck of their liking.
All of our whitetails are 100% wild & 100% free roaming animals that are pursued with 100% fair chase methods. Hunters can hunt from our preset stands and/or
are allowed to move on their own to succeed and still have the full assistance of a guide. We DO NOT impose trophy fines!! We DO NOT have trophy fees!!! We DO
NOT set an antler minimum!!!! And we STILL consistently harvest both Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett class whitetails each and every season. Each year
opportunity rates on whitetails are high and we annually achieve overall success rates on bucks ranging from 50 - 67%. Some individual weeks of hunting have
even been completed with 100% success.
The bottom line is we do our best to provide hunters with good food, a relaxing atmosphere, clean & comfortable lodging, exclusive properties for the entire hunt
and experienced & knowledgeable whitetail guides. Always remember that hunters are not guaranteed success on a trophy buck. But with strong scent control
practices, Having faith in the knowledge & assistance from resident Illinois guides, the patience & willingness to sit all day, you will quickly understand why
Backwoods Whitetails isn't just another whitetail outfitter.
| Backwoods Whitetails
P.O. Box 372
240 West Main St.
Ipava, IL 61441
| About B.W.O.
Meat & Trophy Care
Early/Pre Rut Bow
Peak Rut Bow
Late Winter Bow
2013 Trophy Harvests
2012 Trophy Harvests
2011 Trophy Harvests
Trail Camera Pics
2013 Trail Camera Pics
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2013 Trail Cam RUT Pics
2012 Trail Cam's Rut Pics
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2012 Trail Cam's
2011 Trail Cam's
Past Year Cam's