Spoon River Woodlands is located near Bernadotte, Illinois in the heart of Fulton County, the stomping ground for genetically superior ‘Big Bucks’. Fulton County is nationally known for having 150 to 300 class deer, with many record bucks having been taken in the legendary Spoon River Valley. We offer some truly fantastic opportunities to harvest your own big buck. Our pledge to you is, “We will put you on ‘em; you harvest ‘em!”
We have nine different tracts for your bowhunting in Illinois experience. Some tracts are densely wooded while others have field-edges near food plots or dense-secluded river areas. We shape the land so that deer will select bedding areas strategically located around our tracts. We also have lots of smaller food plots scattered throughout our lands. The benefit of Spoon River Woodlands tracts over other hunting lands is our increased deer movement. We improve your chances of seeing deer and getting a shot at a buck or doe.
Our tracts are rich in history dating back hundreds of years to prime Indian hunting grounds. The Spoon River Woodlands name originates from the historical “Woodlands” Indian era. On your way out from your stand, you might even find an arrowhead or two, a typical creation of the Middle and Late Woodland periods. Fulton County is also home to the people made famous in Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. For centuries, the Spoon River Valley has been the best place for minerals and fresh spring-fed water for big bucks. The valley is tucked away in acres of oak, history, and walnut trees supplying generous amounts of food and cover for wildlife.
Grant Brehm is an avid bowhunter. The Woodlands uses his construction know-how throughout the year. Grant is responsible for deer food plots and other habitat improvements. If he's missing in action, you can probably find him huddled over his laptop updating the Woodland's website and company Facebook.
Stu, a retired schoolteacher, is a driving force for improved hunting and habitat along the Spoon River. As Vice President and Founder of the Woodlands, he purchases and leases tracts of prime, pristine, and wooded land along the famous river. When the day is done, he loves to sit around the fire, imbibing and sharing stories with friends.
VICE PRESIDENT, FOUNDER