John Zito, Jr
As a avid hunter
having had the opportunity and pleasure hunting Newfoundland to British
Columbia, Wyoming to South Carolina and every state and province in between as
well as Africa, I know that no matter what part of the country one may reside
that you are blessed with local and regional game that many would cherish to
call their own. But...when it comes to whitetails the most sought after TROPHY
animal in America, the facts are pure and simple. The TOP Pope and Young
whitetail states are: #1 Illinois and #2 Iowa.
Furthermore, of the top ten counties in
Illinois six (6) are located in my Northern Illinois Territory: Lake, McHenry,
LaSalle, JoDaviess (my home county), Kane and Will
counties. This is not to say that the other top states or your own home state
are anything short of spectacular too.
Irrespective of the newest camo pattern, food plots or the most expensive new
equipment money can buy, although these things help us become better hunters,
if you want to improve your chances of harvesting free range, mature trophy
whitetails you have to hunt where they live as well as letting the immature
ones walk. Period.
Next to owning your own hunting
property, leasing is the best thing going. Get together with a couple of your
hunting partners and leasing will also be the most cost effective means of obtaining
access to a number of good properties. You can do this all through the Hunting
Lease Network. You may find a property with my assistance that fits your needs.
You may also have the opportunity of leasing your dream property for many years
to come as well as the possibility of harvesting mature trophy whitetails year
after year, as I do. I am entering the fifth year in a leased property myself.