Illinois’ Premier Hunt Club

HUNTING

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.

BRITISH DRIVEN

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.

SPORTING CLAYS

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! 

SHOOTING SCHOOL

For more than 25 years as a professional coach Keith has helped hundreds of pupils shoot with confidence and style.

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Spring Season Club Newsletter 2021

Spring Season Club Newsletter 2021

Spring Season Club Newsletter 2021

Spring is now officially here and with it comes the promise of  warm days and blue skies and the opportunity to come out and enjoy shooting some Sporting Clays’ , training and running your dog and maybe relaxing by the lake with Fishing Rod in hand.

Already the Clubs Shoot and Events calendar is filling up; we have a series of Summer Downton Day Simulated Driven shoots scheduled for the last Saturday of each month and we are very pleased to announce that we shall be hosting several Fund raising Downton Days for the Midway USA Charity Foundation

So here we go with all the latest news;

Sporting Clays & Downton Days.

The full 12 Station Sporting clays course is now open and includes target presentations for all levels of shooter. Stands are color 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 is setting a well-balanced course with monthly target changes while maintaining 2 unchanged stations designed for both the novice shooter and upland hunter.

Summer seasons Opening times and current prices can be found at: https://www.huntgreenacres.com/sporting-clays/

This Summers “Downton Day” Simulated Driven Shoots are scheduled for the last Saturday in the month and dates are;

April Saturday 24th May Saturday 29th, June Saturday 26th, July Saturday 31st, August Saturday 28th.

These days are just huge fun “It’s Where Wing Meets Clay”, it’s a chance to shoot unlimited clays, enjoy great food and wine and the company of likeminded folks!

For those that are not familiar with the event here is the latest vidoe: https://www.facebook.com/100570163893/videos/561864297814683

For full detailsof the event go to; https://www.huntgreenacres.com/simulated-driven/

Bookings are being taken and many dates are already half full. If you have any questions please give Keith a call at the Club Office.

Upcoming 21/22 Hunting & Driven Shoot Season

As I predicted in last years Fall newsletter, the 2021 Season turned out to be the most important of the decade, with so many people working from home, they found they had the time to come out and  enjoy the sporting pusuits of Hunting, Shooting and working with their Dogs on almost a daily basis, it was great to see the Clubhouse so full of activity all through the season.

With this coming season likely to be just as, if not busier, we have again increased the number of bird stocks, and will be holding separate stocks for Dog Training, Upland Hunting and Driven Shoots, ensuirng we can keep everyone out in the field  to the very end of the season.  

The coming “British Driven” shoot days are rapidly filling up, the Annual Opening 3 Day Trifecta was fully booked in 48 hours, so if you are thinking of joining us on one of this years events can I encourage you to look at booking your Peg as soon as possible! 

Dates for the Driven Shoots can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/huntgreenacres/events/?ref=page_i

We will be scheduling a number of American Tower & Upland Hunt Combo shoots for later in the Fall/Winter and dates will be posted closer to the time.

As you will now know, we limit our Duck Hunting season to the months of November and December on specific dates, so if you want to make sure you have a “Blind” for this coming season can you call and speak with Tyler as soon as possible, as once the days are full we will not be adding further dates to the seaon.

Gun Dog Success

Well I’m sure it won’t come as much of a surprise to know that Dan & The GDS Team got off to a spectacularly successful start to this year’s Hunt Test season at the Horicon Marsh HRC quad upland test! All the dogs performed outstanding, running fantastic tests. For more detail go to: https://www.facebook.com/gundogsuccess/

Gun Dog Success is excited to announce two new additions to our training team. 

Elijah Decker has taken the position of pointing dog specialist.

Elijah is a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. Elijah double majored in criminal justice and psychology with a minor in sociology. During his academic career, Elijah presented psychology research at the ACCA Student Symposium and American Psychological Association. Elijah is also a graduate of the North West Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and holds 5 FEMA certifications. He has always had a passion for the outdoor and working with animals. Elijah gained his passion for upland bird hunting and pointing dogs while working at Greyfield Legacies. He is excited to be the newest addition to the training team here at Gun Dog Success.

Hannah Nelson has also joined our team as a training apprentice. 

She started as kennel staff, showing diligence, intelligence and most importantly, great interest in training dogs.  Hannah has an uncommon natural ability to “read” dogs, which is necessary to be a top notch dog trainer.  She always seems to have a positive, caring outlook and is not afraid of hard work.  We are proud to have her on our team. Also Hannah has a second role here at the Club and that is “Front OF House Assistant” , on Driven Shoots and Special Events she assists in the Kitchen, serves the “Elevenses” and most importantly now prepares and lays the main Dining table, using a professional “Butlers Stick” measure, for the post shoot Gourmet meals.

That about wraps it up for this Spring newsletter, if you would like more information on any of the Clubs activities then please email or call the Club Office.

Please Note: Easter Holiday Weekend

The Club will be CLOSED for EASTER SUNDAY.

May we wish you all a very Happy & Joyous Easter Holiday in the Company of Loved ones and Friends        

You can get further information from our Web site at: https://www.huntgreenacres.com/

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

Also, don’t forget Gun Dog Success has its own web site at: https://gundogsuccess.com/ and its own Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/gundogsuccess/

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 & All the G.A. Team

Winter Season 2021 Newsletter

Winter Season 2021 Newsletter

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. 

Upland Hunting 

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

Also, don’t forget Gun Dog Success has its own web site at: https://gundogsuccess.com/ and its own Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/gundogsuccess/

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,