The Experience


Trophy Whitetail Habitat

Hammell’s Wildlife Connection has over 6000 acres of abundant trophy Illinois Whitetail deer and Eastern turkey populations in White and Edwards counties in southern Illinois, and Gibson county in Indiana. Many acres of corn, soybean, and wheat fields are supplemented with alfalfa, clover, and turnips, along with an ample water source from the Wabash River basin, provide the natural resources necessary for healthy game on our land. Heavily covered woodlands, open farmland, and rich bottomland provide the perfect habitat for the over 130 plus Class trophy Illinois Whitetail deer and gobblers that reside here. For over 70 years, the Hammell family has farmed and hunted this terrain.

Relaxing Atmosphere

One of the most appealing aspects of the Hammell Experience is the lodge. The lodge is designed to make you feel comfortable and relaxed during your time with us outside the woods. When you return from your day of hunting Illinois deer, you will be greeted by a warm, inviting atmosphere. Imagine sharing your hunting stories over a home-cooked meal and discussing what the next day might bring.

Guides That Know The Land

Our guides are seasoned hunters who know every tree scrape, bed, and roost on our land. Each one of our guides has been hunting Illinois deer in this very area for over 30 years! They are ready to put their expertise and knowledge to work for you, so that you can get connected to the trophy of your dreams! Fully-guided hunts ensure that hunters will be led to prime locations. For hunters with special needs, our guides will provide assistance according to the hunter’s requirements.

After the hunt, our guides will assist in retrieval of animals, tagging, field dressing, skinning, and checking-in the game. A walk-in cooler will keep the game cool.

Safety and Ethics Always Comes First

At Hammell’s Wildlife Connection it is imperative that hunters follow safety guidelines, rules and regulations, and ethical hunting practices. Illinois laws regulating hunting hours, tagging procedures, and weapon transportation are strictly enforced. A waiver of liability is required.

Strategically Placed Tree Stands

We provide safe and comfortable, permanent tree stands. Some are large enough to accommodate three people. If you prefer your own stand, an area to scout and to set one up will be assigned. All hunters will be required to wear safety belts or harnesses.

Hammell’s Hunters are Equipped With:

  • Experienced guides
  • Generous distances between stands
  • Transportation to and from stands
  • Safety harnesses (required)
  • Game retrieval
  • Skinning
  • Field dressing

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