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Outfitter Review - Trophy Class Outfitters

Submit Date: Jun 24, 2009

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Trophy Class Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: RL Foster

Location: IL, US

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Whitetail

Game Quality: good

Game Quantity: good

Accomodations: not so good

Camp Condition: none

Food Quality: some good

Guide Experience: fair

Other Personal Experience: fair

Review Information

Hunter: Ryan Scully



Would Recommend: yes

Overall Impression: good

If you want to have a chance at a true IL giant, Trophy Class is a good bet. Hunting these farms will make you want to move to IL. With that being said, you could possibly jack up in a power pole in Walmart parking lot in Pike County and kill a monster. There are literally that many deer in Pittsfield! We saw bucks chasing does just about any time we drove around, daytime or night, downtown or in the country.. The opening morning of the hunt I saw good bucks from daylight till noon. i saw a total of 11 bucks that morning. Though I didn't see any shooters the first day it was still amazing to watch that kind of deer activity. And this was all while the corn was still standing! On day 3 they were cutting the corn in the morning while i was on stand and there were deer running everywhere! i ended up getting down and going back to the hotel for lunch and getting right back up in the tree. At 330 that afternoon i saw the biggest buck i have ever seen in person! Giant mainframe 10pt with split brows and split g2s! He would probably score close to 170! He was tending a doe and came within 25yrds without me getting a shot.. I know you just almost threw up when you read that but its true. That would be the only downfall to that stand placement. There wasn't a shooting land trimmed to get a shot at the cut corn field. Over the next 2 days i saw so many bucks that i would stop counting. They would come to any kind of calling; grunting, rattling, can.. anything! But I waited on that big guy to come back and he never did. I made the choice to sit on one deer and i went home empty handed. However i saw some find deer that our fellow hunters had killed. I have plenty of pics if you want to email me! Now for the downfalls of the trip. There is nothing included in the hunt, but the hunt. You pay for your own food, drinks, beer, hotel, everything. So you're $2,250 hunt can end up costing a good bit more than that. There weren't as many stands on my farm as i would have liked. The motel is pretty much terrible, but you're hunting monster whitetails so how bad can it really be. I would have liked to have seen some topos of my farm and i would have liked to discuss options a little bit more. It was basically like they take you out to your stand, show you it and play ball. A little more personal attention would have made me more comfortable. I'm sure there are a few more things but I can't think of them right now. Email me and ask me some questions. Now for the pluses. You are hunting giant whitetails! Every farm has studs and you will see that from the buck sign. My favorite part of the entire hunt was the comradery that I had with my fellow hunters. By the second night I had friends for life. I think that is what i might miss the most about not going this year. The food around Pittsfield isn't great but there are a couple stand outs. The Red Dome Inn has the best prime rib i have ever tasted, by far! And if you go to the Red Dome you're almost certain to see some pro hunters up there. Watch a few videos before you go up there and you'll see some of those same guys at the Red Dome. Plus they have good looking girls working there. There is a breakfast place that we went to a couple times that was amazing too. If you choose trophy class you will have a wonderful time hunting monster IL brusiers but it is still a hunt. The deer aren't behind a fence. They don't have tags in their ears. They are wild whitetails but they are IL whitetails! You'll see what i mean after you get done with your hunt!

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