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Old 08-08-2011, 10:31 PM
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Default Trophy Whitetail hunts with Swain Farms

About Swain Farms--

Swain Farms outfitting is family owned and runs guided trophy whitetail hunts in the famed west central Illinois region. The Swains are lifelong residents of Morgan County, with the family farm being established well over 150 years ago. As we continue to farm, a passion for growing world class whitetails has pushed us in another direction. We are striving to build a true whitetail paradise, capable of producing mature deer for our clients year after year. Owning our mortgage free family farms, as well as low lease prices on surrounding property, keeps us from pushing a high number of hunters through like most outfits. Although we run a fairly small operation, we have the resources to stay competitive with bigger outfitters by securing top end hunting properties. And as always, we refuse to ‘host’ or ‘cater too’ TV hunters. Instead we focus all of our attention towards our paying clients. We may miss out on some good advertisement by not hosting TV crews, but believe that if you run a camp the right way word of mouth will be sufficient.

We offer a wide variety of hunts for every budget. From hunting unpressured, early season bachelor group bucks, to the excitement of a classic Illinois rut hunt, we have a package that fits your needs. With our extensive food plot programs, we offer excellent early and late season hunts at a very reasonable rate. Besides annually grown Illinois crops of soybeans, corn, and wheat, we also provide extra year round nutrition for our deer with a variety of seasonal food plots. Our food plots consist of clover, alfalfa, chicory, Eagle Seed forage beans and more. We also leave standing corn and beans for our late season hunts.

During the previous hunting season, we ran approximately one trail camera per forty acres of hunting ground. Trail camera technology has proven to be a great asset for us, by enabling us to predict more accurately big buck movements. We had multiple trail camera pictures of every buck harvested during the 2010 hunting season. As you can see in our gallery, our farms hold multiple world class deer. If you check out some of our competitors who operates on a similar amount of ground, you’ll definitely see a difference in the quality of our bucks. This has a lot too do with our management style and how we run our hunts. To go along with big deer, we have the experience and dedication to provide our guests with the hunt of a lifetime.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:35 PM
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Here are a few cam pics..

You can check out more of them on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SwainFarms or on our website. We also recently had a fan-site designed thats built right into our Facebook page. If you click on the Swain Farms tab on the left hand side of the page, you will be able to view our new hunts that we will be offering for the 2012 Season, as well as other info on Swain Farms. There still may be a few bugs with the site if your using IE, but it works fine with other browsers. We are also giving away a rut hunt through our FB page.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:39 PM
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A few more..
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:59 PM
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Cam pics..
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:03 PM
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Here are 2 cam videos from this summer


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Old 08-08-2011, 11:34 PM
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Impressive bucks for sure!
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:44 AM
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Impressive bucks for sure!

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Old 08-09-2011, 06:26 PM
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Here are a few of our many plots. We plant clover, chicory, alfalfa, forage beans and Buck Forage Oats. For late season hunts we leave standing corn and beans. As well as a few turnips.
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:35 PM
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A few of our latest cam pictures. You can check out the rest on our FB page. http://www.facebook.com/SwainFarms

Thanks
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Swain...too rich for my blood but giants for sure.
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Swain, those prices seem to be in line. Those outfitters that charge more than $2500.00 on any hunt is just outragous, I don't care how big of a buck you say you got, IMO. I appreciate you keeping it honest. If I ever need a place I'll keep you in mind.
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Swain, those prices seem to be in line. Those outfitters that charge more than $2500.00 on any hunt is just outragous, I don't care how big of a buck you say you got, IMO. I appreciate you keeping it honest. If I ever need a place I'll keep you in mind.

Thanks. We went up a bit in price for 2012, but to justify it we added a day to all of our hunts(except the late season). All the pre-rut and rut hunts are either 6 or 6 1/2 days in length. We've also decided to serve food for all of our 2012 hunts.

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A couple of new cam videos..


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Video of a big deer we've never seen before.


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Weird. Looks like a lot of his "junk" would be very frail. Those tines look super thin?

VERY cool looking buck!
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Weird. Looks like a lot of his "junk" would be very frail. Those tines look super thin?

VERY cool looking buck!
Thats what I thought too, Matt. He does appear to have decent mass on his beams though. Hopefully we can get a shot at him in the next week or two before he does too much fighting.
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We are currently booking 2012-2013 hunts. We have 2 remaining rut hunts available. The hunt is 6 1/2 days from October 23-29 and includes lodging, meals, game care, etc and runs $2,400.

We are also booking 5 1/2 day late season hunts for $1,400 that will take place around plenty of food.

Call or email with any questions. (217)249-3977, brandon@swainfarmsoutfitting.com
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We are currently booking 2012-2013 hunts. We have 2 remaining rut hunts available. The hunt is 6 1/2 days from October 23-29 and includes lodging, meals, game care, etc and runs $2,400.

We are also booking 5 1/2 day late season hunts for $1,400 that will take place around plenty of food.

Call or email with any questions. (217)249-3977, brandon@swainfarmsoutfitting.com

Hey Brandon,

Just tried to click on the URL in your sig to check out your place....and it doesn't seem to be working.

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Hey Brandon,

Just tried to click on the URL in your sig to check out your place....and it doesn't seem to be working.

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Its down for a little bit while we update a few things. Thanks
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You bet. Looking forward to checking it out.

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