Big hunting weekend... after the seasons closed

Hunting after the season closes?

Yes, it can be done if you hunt private clubs and they’re found all over in Illinois.

This past weekend I was at the Rooster Heaven Hunt Club in Forrest, IL hunting with Jim DaRosa of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show.  The weather was cool and crisp and the hunting was good.  I’m a member at Rooster Heaven and it brings me the opportunity to hunt pheasant, quail, chukar, and ducks.  They do offer turkey, dove and deer hunts as well.   I’ve hunted doves out there years ago but never turkey or deer.  Something to think about.

For me this was a weekend of duck hunting.  We had a terrible waterfowl season again this year.  Bird were not flying in the areas where I could hunt so hunting them at the club was a welcomed pleasure.  I now have some duck breasts in the freezer but they won’t be there long.

Hunting for ducks at Rooster Heaven is a bit different.  Although you can stand in a blind, all the shooting at passing birds that are in flight to the pond that’s about 75 yards away, behind the blind.  It’s different for sure and lots of fun and some pretty fast a furious shooting.

“You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get shots at ducks here and it’s quite challenging.”, said Pat Harms, owner of Rooster Heaven.  “These birds fly fast right at you.  We can’t pull the trigger, that’s up to you.  But you’ll have some fun and get your birds.”

On Sunday, John Mitts was there with his two sons Jacob (11) and Tyson (7). and his dad, John Sr.   It was nice to see three generations of hunters in the field enjoying the sport, being outdoors and doing something as a family.  The Mitts have been members for many years and hunt at Rooster Heaven almost weekly.

I taped a couple Illinois Outdoors TV shows there with the Mitts and others over the weekend and got quite a few photos too.  I’ll share them in this gallery.  Once I start editing the TV show, I’ll share a few video clips as well.  The shows will air some time in March.

Enjoy the photos.  Hopefully they’ll inspire you to gather the family and enjoy the outdoors together.

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