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Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby asca65290 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:01 pm

I'm a longtime hunter, though fairly new to waterfowling. Is anyone on here a member of a hunting club that could share their experiences? I own some land in west-central Illinois where I'm from and am always trying to find ways to increase hunting opportunities for those in Illinois. I have the opportunity to buy what was at one time a world famous rod and gun club along the Illinois River (800 acres or so). I would love to organize a group of committed hunters to purchase this property and turn it into a top notch hunting club once again. Basically, they way I am thinking about it, I would need a group of about 20 hunters who could buy a membership/ownership interest in the club. Those 20 hunters would have exclusive rights to hunt the acreage and it would be organized and managed in a controlled way. The costs would be about $12,000 to $15,000 to buy-in and annual fees of $2,500 to $3,000. You would actually invest in the club and own about 5% of it for this amount. A person could sell it to someone else if they wanted to get out of it--probably at a profit even. This would be a professionally run club with a clubhouse and a manager to maintain the property. I know the costs aren't as cheap as going to public hunting grounds, but you end up owning part of the club, have a say in how it is run/managed, and where else can you get access to this much acreage to share with a close group of friends?

Does anyone have any experience with clubs like this? If this is something you are interested in, please let me know. I would love to hear your initial reactions. Feel free to criticize or shoot holes in it (so to speak) if you think it would never work. I just feel like there were so many of these rod and gun clubs in the early 1900s and it is a great loss that many of these are now gone. I'd like to work with other hunters to bring them back!
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Re: Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby djjm67 » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:57 am

Where is the property located?
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Re: Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby asca65290 » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:52 am

Not too far from Sanganois and that area.
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Re: Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby djjm67 » Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:23 pm

Little to far away for me.
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Re: Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby waterfowler9 » Sun Nov 06, 2011 1:17 pm

Ducks Unlimited property that was for sale?
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Re: Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby asca65290 » Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:22 pm

waterfowler9 wrote:Ducks Unlimited property that was for sale?

No.
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Re: Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby Grossy23 » Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:31 pm

I'd be a guide for you anytime if you get her off the ground . Too rich for my blood , good luck ! :bow:
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Re: Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby asca65290 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:58 pm

Grossy23 wrote:I'd be a guide for you anytime if you get her off the ground . Too rich for my blood , good luck ! :bow:

Will do! Thanks for the response.
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Re: Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby oxbow » Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:02 pm

pmed u
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Re: Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby Ghoz » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:33 am

Very interested. Longtime hunter and club owner.
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Re: Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby SHOTOUT17 » Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:51 pm

Could you lease the ground for like a trial basis, Belonged to a private club in Hennepin for over 15yrs and also helped run it. PM me with any other details you have :grooving: Its not the old Snicarte island club is it.
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Re: Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby ricks2123 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:51 pm

cENTRAL GUN CLUB??
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Re: Illinois River Duck Hunting Club

Postby chevellemanus » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:42 pm

If its the tredwell club im close with two of the owners maybe i could help
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