Illinois' Premier Hunt Club
Illinois’ Premier Hunt Club
Pursue hard flying pheasants and other upland game as you walk through our diverse habitats. Enjoy watching your dog or ours hunt for birds to give you the best opportunity for success.
We offer the thrill of both the British-style driven day and the continental tower shoot experience and enjoy time spent in the field with great shooting and hospitality.
From our traditional English sporting clays course to the fast and furious pace of our simulated driven wing shooting days we offer clay shooting options that will entertain and challenge from the novice to the serious competitor!
For more than 25 years as a professional coach Keith has helped hundreds of pupils shoot with confidence and style.
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Winter Season 2021 Newsletter
The start of this New Year takes us into the second half of what is proving to be the busiest Hunt Season in the last four years for our hunting club, with so many working from home and finding the time to come out and enjoy the Clubs beautiful Illinois grounds.
This New Year has also brought some changes here at the Club, as many of you already know, Jonathan Powers, who was the face behind the counter for these past five years, in December decided to leave, to make a career move into the world of Finance, and we all wish him success for the future.
Being General Operations Manager here at Green Acres is both a very unique and very demanding job, to say the least, and requires somebody with a certain type of work ethic and a particular passion for the outdoors and all it involves.
Looking to find a suitable replacement was proving difficult, until the answer was found on the door step, when Sage Ihkre, bravely stepped into the breach to fill the gap, on what was to be a temporary basis, but we are delighted to say:
Sage Ihkre is to be our new office manager/outdoor operations coordinator. As most of our long term members already know, Sage was raised at our beloved Green Acres and, over the years, has participated in about every part of the business, including; taking care of the dogs in the kennel, assisting dog training, cleaning birds for hunters, stocking upland fields, and assisting in the kitchen. Hard work, and focus on customer satisfaction have literally always been part of her life. Sage is an avid outdoorsman. She has trained her own upland flusher and loves shotgun shooting, archery hunting and fishing. During her teenage years she was active with our local Pheasants Forever chapter, assisting with events and being part of the high school shooting team. She was also given the honor of being elected to the Pheasants Forever National Youth Council. We congratulate her for taking the position and look forward to many years with her as part of our team. As of Wednesday, January 26th, Sage will be answering phone calls and Emails, organising hunts, and scheduling events.
Due to this Upland hunt season being the busiest the Club has experienced in the last 5 years, our bird stock reserves are now becoming limited, so the hunt club has stopped bookings for “Intro Hunts” to ensure that all remaining stocks are used for Member Hunts only.
Although, we increased our purchase of Bird Stock numbers at the beginning of the year, in anticipation of growing Membership and business, with so many folks staying home in the present situation demand has been considerable and I am sure you all appreciate that we have put our Members first.
We are still trying to secure further bird stocks to allow us to keep Hunting to the end of the season, but we have already heard of other clubs in the region running out of bird’s s and shutting down, it does appear that this is a nationwide problem with breeders across the width of the country now sold out.
So please plan and book your Hunts as far in advance as possible to help us manage remaining Bird stocks to keep everyone hunting for as long as we can!
British Style Driven & American Tower Shoots
This is going to be one of those “Do you want the Good News first or the Bad News?” Well I think we all want to get the bad out of the way first so here goes:
Once again due to the limited Bird stocks we have decided to cancel our Valentine’s Day Driven shoot and all our planned American Tower Shoot Combos for the rest of this season.
The Good News though, is we have had a brilliantly successful season of British Driven shooting, which of course was kicked off at the beginning of October with what is now our famous “Trifecta” 3 day Extravaganza, for those of you that haven’t been on this event, here is the trilogy of Video’s that says more than words ever can!
DAY 1. https://www.facebook.com/100570163893/videos/1576167402540736“The Downton Day Simulated British Driven shoot”
DAY 2. https://www.facebook.com/100570163893/videos/2752358494828857“The Grand Battue British Driven Pheasant Shoot”
DAY 3 https://www.facebook.com/100570163893/videos/128472505676104“The British Driven Duck Shoot
The season carried on with our Christmas Grand Battue and we got the New Year off to a really grand start with a Traditional “Scottish Hogmanay” driven shoot.
The team of Guns on each day shot magnificently well and celebrated with our traditional seasonal style hospitality!
One thing I would like to mention is that I have heard that some folks are put off of coming along on one of these British Style shoots because of the “Clothing”!! Well that’s really a bit silly, isn’t it! American Hunters in the past dressed very similar and if you go Quail hunting in the Southern states, you would be expected to dress smartly, just take a leaf out of our regular Guns in the photos and dress in what I refer to as Classic American style, or just Country style.
Why not book on one of this coming summers “Downton Day” simulated driven shoots to see just how much fun both the shooting and hospitality are!!!
We are already taking reservations for this 2021 Seasons Trifecta which is planned for the weekend of Friday the 1st to Sunday the 3rd of October, so call Keith on the Club house number for more information.
Sporting Clays & Simulated Driven
Depending on the prevailing weather conditions we plan to open our Sporting Clays Course at the end of March on Saturday the 27th.
Our 12 station course always includes target presentations for all levels of shooter. Stands are colour coded – green, blue, and red – with a posted target menu. This allows shooters an opportunity to choose the types and difficulty level of targets they prefer to shoot. Our wireless target release handsets offer 3 unique target presentations on each stand.
We take pride in setting a well-balanced course with monthly target changes while maintaining 2 unchanged stations designed for both the novice shooter and upland hunter.
We are an open shoot – everyone is welcome!
Also we shall be starting our season of “Downton Day” simulated British Driven shoots on Saturday 24th April, details of the day, with the video, can be found at: https://www.huntgreenacres.com/simulated-driven/
In signing off
We hope you have found this newsletter of interest and on behalf of Dan, Cindy, Sage Ihkre, Myself and all the team here, may we wish you and your families a Very happy 2021, with continued good health in these times and we look forward to seeing you all here at some time over the coming weeks and months.
And you can keep up to date with all the news and daily happenings at the club by logging on and liking the Clubs Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/huntgreenacres
If you have any questions or need further information on any of the Clubs activities, services and events please do not hesitate to contact Sage at the office.
The very best regards, Keith Coyle,
FALL SEASON & 50TH ANNIVERSARY CLUB NEWSLETTER
Well so far 2020 is proving to be one of the most memorable and remarkable seasons of this decade, not only for having to cope with a Viral Pandemic but because it’s been one of the busiest seasons in the Clubs 50 year history!
Yes! This year Green Acres Sportsman’s Club celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Founded back in 1970 by a far sighted group of passionate hunters, led by George Ihkre, the original 300 acres has grown into the current pristine 1,200 acre Hunting preserve, that has become one of America’s most unique destination for the dedicated outdoor enthusiast, offering the complete range of Hunting, Live Wing & Recreational Sporting clay shooting, Gun Dog training services and a Shooting School of unrivalled quality.
New Website: https://www.huntgreenacres.com/
Our thanks go out to Chris and his dedicated team for such a brilliant job.
So let’s get underway with all the latest news and updates.
Gun Dog Success Training School
We are sure it won’t come as a great surprise when we tell you that it’s been yet another year of outstanding success for Dan and his superb team of trainers, not only at Hunt Tests but with the developing and expanding GDS Program for the continually increasing numbers of dogs (and their owners) that are coming through the School.
Here are just a couple of Highlights from this Hunt Test season:
Congrats to Bear, Gypsy and Hunter on their new HRCH titles! We had a lot of first time hunt test dogs that showed they were up for the task.
2. HUGE CONGRATS to the GDS team at the 2020 International Grand! It was a long & challenging week but Dan Ihrke and the team are bringing 5 passes home! Congrats to HRCH UH KELSEY’S HAMMERIN’ BOCEPHUS (BO), GRHRCH UH SIR BARKLEY OF RIVERBEND (Barkley), HRCH UH HARVEST GOLD’S TRIPLE PLAY (Tripp), HRCH UH HIGH MEADOWS EAST MISS MOLLY (Molly), HRCH UH GEORGIA’S LIL’ RIVER GYPSY (Gypsy handled by Debbie).
They are both packed full of information, training videos and much more, they are a must for all Gun Dog owners!
If you would like more information on the Gun Dog Success Training program, evaluations or simply to board your dog here at our facility, then call the Club Office and speak with our GM, Jonathan Powers, he will be pleased to discuss the various options and answer any questions you may have.
Gundog Success, takes on the challenge of training any breed of hunting dog, and many non-hunting domestic breed bringing each dog to their maximum potential.
Sporting Clays Winter Season Program
A busy Sporting Clays Summer season ended this year on a real high, when we hosted the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club Sporting Classic Charity shoot, Seven 4 man teams shot a 100 sporting course and a fast and furious scored driven Flurry.
Next year’s event is already being planned and will be even bigger and better, so start getting your 4 man Team together for next year!
We are pleased to say that the reputation for our Sporting Clays is continually growing, with a constant flow of new shooters coming to enjoy our 12 station sporting course that includes target presentations for all levels of shooter. Stands are colour coded – green, blue, and red – with a posted target menu. This allows shooters an opportunity to choose the types and difficulty level of targets they prefer to shoot. Our wireless target release handsets offer 3 unique target presentations on each stand. We are an open shoot – everyone is welcome!
Our Winter shoot program is now under way and runs till next April, during winter months we operate our Super Sporting 50 bird 5-stand course, unique rabbit skeet and our famous fast & Furious Driven bird flurry, 25 shots, unlimited targets!!. So there is plenty to keep any level of shooter entertained regardless of season!
For more details on opening times and prices go to our Sporting Clays Page.
And for Daily up to the minute information got to our Facebook page.
Upland Hunting & American Continental Tower Shoots.
It’s already been a very busy start to this year’s Upland Hunting season, with a record number of introductory hunts being booked and several Corporate Group hunts as well. We have plenty of good cover fields and thanks to the increased number of British Driven shoots there are quite a few free birds out there for scratch hunting, as well our regular stocks of hard flying Pheasants, selected and managed by our excellent game keeper, Tyler Brenner.
Thanksgiving Friday Hunts
Please bear in mind that we are only a few weeks away from the Thanksgiving holiday, with the following FRIDAY always being the busiest day in the Hunt calendar and with perhaps more folk staying at home this year, to avoid disappointment NOW! is the time to book your Hunt & Field, please do not leave it to the very last minute on the day before (i.e emailing the club at 8pm when its closed up for Thanksgiving day) and expect to get the field of your choice or even a field at all, the following day. So some common sense please folks.
It’s always a good thing to remind everyone, now that the season is underway, of Club Rules on some points on SAFETY!
1. Strictly No Guns whatsoever are to be loaded in the Club Car Park,
Guns must not be loaded until you are in your field and ready to Hunt.
2. All Guns must be unloaded and made safe before you leave the designated Hunting area and NO LOADED GUN MUST EVER BE BROUGHT WITHIN A 200 YARD RADIUS of the Clubhouse area!
Also the Club now requires Hunters to retrieve their empty cases from the ground, before moving on after taking the shot. As custodians and users of the countryside, we must all be more conscious of not leaving PLASTIC CASES, which will not degrade, scattered around. If we all talk about Conservation for the sake of continued hunting then we must practice what we preach!
As you may be aware two years ago we made the decision to reduce the Duck Hunt season to the months October to December, as it was just impractical to try and keep shooting through the harsh new year Winter months and to maintain a flyable stock of birds in the icy waters.Although this has meant fewer Hunt days, it has been successful in improving the quality of the Ducks and maintaining a constant stock of flight trained birds, which this season, under the watchful eye of game keeper Tyler Brenner, have already proved to be outstanding!
This seasons Blinds are already full and we are running a list of reserve places should we receive any cancellations, if you want to get your name on the list please call John on the Club Office. Also we are already taking bookings for next 21/22 season, so if you want to make sure you have your blind, again call John now!
American Continental Tower Shoot & Upland Hunt Combo.
Our Tower Shoot & Upland Hunt Combo day, has continually grown in popularity, so this season we are kicking off early with our first Shoot & Hunt on Saturday the 14th of November, we already have 6 Places from 12 taken, so if you want to join us on that day, we have plenty of space.
For details of the Shoot & Hunt visit our Continental Tower Shoot page.
And for this season’s scheduled dates go to: https://www.facebook.com/pg/huntgreenacres/events/?ref=page_internal
Don’t forget American Tower Shoots & Hunts can also be booked forPrivate Group and Corporate Hunts Tuesday through to Sunday.
British Style Driven Wing Shooting
As we anticipated this Driven shoot season has already proved to be our busiest since we began this style of wing shooting back in 2015. We have run our unique “Downton Day” Simulated Driven Shoot every month from April till October. For the video click on:https://www.facebook.com/huntgreenacres/videos/1507579622763192/The live season started with our traditional opening 3 day British Driven Trifecta event and this year it was truly exceptional! We had an outstanding team of Guns, which we are particularly proud to say incorporated 4 ladies shooting, two of which were on their very first live shoot, and one loading.
The event was 3 days full of great shooting, superb traditional Country House party hospitality, wonderful camaraderie and of course lots of fun and laughter!
We already have 3 pegs reserved from 12 for next year’s event, so if you want to shoot this completely unique Driven Wing shooting event, reserve you peg/s now!
For full details visit our British Driven Shoots page.
For dates of this seasons scheduled events please go to; https://www.facebook.com/pg/huntgreenacres/events/?ref=page_internal
One final point before moving on, I have heard that some folks are put off of coming along on one of these British Style shoots because of the…
“Clothing”!! Well that’s really a bit silly, isn’t it! American Hunters in the past dressed very similar and if you go Quail hunting in the Southern states, you would be expected to dress smartly, just a take a leaf out of good friend and Driven Wing Shooting aficionado, Mark Hinkle’s book and dress in what I refer to as Classic American style, or just Country style like the rest of our regular Guns.
Keith Coyle-Ahead of the Game shooting School
The Shooting School has a constantly growing list of clients with some coming from as far afield as Alaska and even South Africa, as well as a little closer to home, many GA Members have benefitted from spending time getting instruction at the school, for both their Hunting skills and improving their Sporting Clay’s prowess.
A crowning moment for me was last month when the new Online Video Shooting School “Only Perfect Practice Makes Perfect “ went live on the “Teachable Platform” and became the first and only online shooting school in the world.
You can get a free preview of the School and its various courses at: https://onlyperfectpracticemakesperfect.teachable.com/
Should you like to subscribe to the School then I am pleased on behalf of myself and Scott Sarver, of Broadleaf Productions, to offer Green Acres Club members a 10% off for GA members through the end of June. Click on the school link then enter the coupon on the checkout screen just below the course title. The coupon is GA-MEMBER10
When Scott convinced me to undertake the project, which we started in September 2019, I don’t think either of us had any real idea just how big the project would grow and become, and what an amazing job Scott has done, not only with the superb videoing and technical editing but by setting up the Teachable platform for a worldwide audience.
I operate the Shooting School here at G.A. Wednesday through Sunday with lessons arranged by prior appointment; you can email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Club Office. Regards, Keith.
CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2020-21 SEASON
Club Memberships are still available and full details of the various options can be found at: https://www.huntgreenacres.com/membership/
Why not call GM, Jonathan Powers here at the Club office, he will be pleased to provide further information and answer any questions you may have, he will even organise you a private tour of our great facility!
In signing off
We hope you have found this newsletter of interest and on behalf of Dan, Cindy, Jonathan Powers, Myself and all the team here, may we wish you and your families continued good health in these times and look forward to seeing you all here at some time over the coming weeks and months.
If you have any questions or need further information on any of the Clubs activities, services and events please do not hesitate to contact the office.
The very best regards, Keith Coyle,
GREEN ACRES IT’S THE PLACE TO BE!