Pursuing North America’s Largest Whitetails
Harvest controlled to ensure the lowest pressure of any outfitter
Late pre-rut and rut hunting only, for 2 to 3 weeks rather than all season
Limited to 4 to 6 hunters in camp each week
18-year outfitter reputation for producing big bucks
Our approach to hunting trophy whitetails differs greatly from most outfitted hunts. Years ago we realized that as camps grew larger, the ground was hunted harder, and as a result, success rates on mature bucks suffered. An outfitting plan had to be implemented which would allow us to keep our camps small, keep hunting pressure low, and only hunt during the most productive period of the season, the rut.
In order to accomplish this, we decided that we must establish several camps, therefore reducing the amount of hunting pressure at any one camp location. A plan was implemented to secure prime ground in the top trophy-producing states across the country. Looking back, we never realized how much work would be involved in putting this multiple state outfitting plan together, but our success rates on top-end bucks has made it well worth it.
Trophy Class Outfitters (TCO) produces outstanding trophy whitetails for our bow hunting clients. From year-round scouting to strategic stand placement, we are passionate about what we do, and our reputation for success proves it. For 18 years, our goal remains the same since we first started offering guided hunts—provide the serious hunter with the opportunity to hunt the biggest whitetails in the country.
Hunt the Biggest Whitetails in the Country
We are constantly seeking out the very best trophy-producing areas, tracking down new hotspots as well as maintaining and improving existing properties. We know that last season’s success is old news, so we are always adapting, always improving in order for next season to be better than the last. This year-round approach, as well as countless hours in the field, is another factor which sets TCO apart, helps our clients put more “bucks in the book” year after year.
As you get to know us at TCO, you’ll notice our commitment to constantly improving our hunts. I am proud of the success our clients have enjoyed through the years, but that is yesterday’s news. In the Outfitting business, like any business, you are either growing and improving or going backwards, there is no standing still.
At TCO, our goals have never changed, which is to provide the serious hunter with the opportunity to hunt the biggest whitetails in the country. This sounds like a tall order, so how do we accomplish this? First of all, we make it our business to know where the highest scoring whitetails are being taken each year. We are on a first name basis with many of the State Wildlife Biologists throughout the Midwest. Our filing cabinets are full of the latest information from each and every recordkeeping organization, from State Big Buck Records Programs to Pope and Young and Boone and Crockett Records. Sometimes our research points to traditional well known trophy producing areas, other times we find up-and-coming trophy hotspots.
After this intensive research, we pack our bags and hit the road. Aerial photos are a great tool, but nothing replaces time in the field, walking, scouting and learning travel patterns. Without time spent in the woods it is impossible to narrow a large hunting area down to the few key areas which will produce close range opportunities at traveling bucks. Getting hunters within bow range is what we do best!
We have located, scouted and secured new properties in Illinois, Kansas, and Iowa. Some of the ground borders existing TCO properties, which aids in our management program. Our new ground in Iowa has some of the most impressive big buck sign I have ever seen. Finding a 160″ matching set of sheds helped!
When you decide to invest your hard-earned money on a trophy whitetail hunt, we hope you will consider hunting with folks that have worked hard to earn your money. Thanks for considering TCO on your next trophy hunt.
Next Update: We select our stand-sites based on terrain features, and we select our ground based on the soils. Great soils produce great bucks.