Frequently Asked Questions

Brown County, IL

Q:  Where is Twin Hollows Outfitters?

A:  We are located 7 miles north of Mt Sterling Illinois on Rt 99. Mt Sterling is located in Brown County, which is 100 miles north of St Louis Missouri, 90 miles west of Springfield Illinois, and 40 miles east of Quincy Illinois. Also referred to as “Gods Country” 


Q:  How long have you been in the Outfitting business?

A:  We have been hunting for over 40 years and have been managing this property for trophys since 1997.


Q:  How many hunters are in camp at one time?

A:  From 1-10. No more than 10.


Q:  How many hunters per bedroom and bathroom?

A:  A maximum of 2 hunters per bedroom and bathroom.


Q:  What is your success rate?

A:  33% on trophy Whitetails and 75% on turkeys.


Q:  What are some of your “rules”?

A:  We try not to have a lot, and prefer to have guests that are sportsman, gentleman, and use good judgment. However, a few of the basics are:

        -  No bucks under 15 inch spread

-   A safety belt must be worn in all stands at all times

-   No litering. Take everything out with you.

-   No alcohol in the hunting area.

-   No smoking or chewing tobacco in the woods or the lodge. You can smoke on the deck. 


Q:  What kind of stands do you use?

A:  Lots of different stands to fit the needs and preferences of our customers. We use ladder stands, lock ons, climbers, permanent , and ground blinds.The hunter is encouraged to bring their own stands to move where needed.


Q:  Where will we store our gear?

A:  We have a 30 x 30 gear storage room complete with washer and dryer. All hunters have a 4 x 2  x 5 locker for their use during your stay.


Q:  What do I do after I shoot a deer?

A:  It’s best to come and get a guide to help track the deer.

The guide is there to retrieve and dress your deer. We have a walk in cooler where your deer can be stored until your trip home.

Also, we can arrange to have your venison processed, frozen, and shipped to you.  We routinely arrange for a taxidermists and shipping the finished mount to you.

Once again, all you have to do us tell us what you want, and we’ll get it done.

 


Q:  How many deer can I expect to see in a day?

A:  It’s fair chase hunting, so there are no guarantees. However, an average day would be seeing ˝ shooter buck, 3 non shooter bucks, 6 does, 15 turkeys, and 1 coyote.


Q:  Do you allow the use of scents, rattles, calls, and decoys?

A:  Yes to all. All of these work to some extent in certain days.


Q:  How far in advance do I need to plan?

A:  Non-resident deer hunters need to book no later than May 31 of the year they wish to hunt.  Earlier is better, but this is the deadline for securing the permits and license you will need.  Turkey hunters need to book no later than November 30 prior to a spring hunt in order to get the permits you need.  Upland hunters have a lot of flexibility as all the permits that are needed can be purchased at Twin Hollows.  Lodge Rental is based on a first come, first served basis, so advance planning can help secure your specific date.  Dates like New Years, Super Bowl, Valentine's day, final 4 weekend, Memorial day, July 4th and Labor day go quickly.  (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter are booked years in advance).