This is a great opportunity to buy in as a 1/9th owner of a great little duck club just North of the Rice Lake walk-in area (Copperas Creek Management Area) just south of Banner, Illinois. This Club has all the amenities that a duck hunter could dream of, from a nice lodge, cleaning station to stay out of the weather while cleaning your birds, use of the club owned Polaris Ranger, a new water treatment system to improve water quality in the lodge, as well as electricity hook ups at all blind locations allowing the members to hunt every day of the season regardless of weather.
The club boasted a solid 606 duck harvest in the 2017 season, with approximately 60% of those birds being mallards, and rounded off nicely with wood ducks, wigeon, pintail, shovelers, and teal. The current boost in harvest numbers is attributed to a new management plan that includes planting approximately 28 acres annually into corn, approximately 5 acres annually into sorghum, and diversifying the remainder of the floodable acres with natural vegetation and Japanese Millet. The club has also implemented a “Stop Hunting” at 1 pm mandate that has also been effective in helping them hold and harvest more ducks.
The levee system on this property has been recently updated and repaired making it possible to hold out a flood stage of 19 feet (River reading at Havana, Illinois), which has been very beneficial in ensuring that some form of a corn crop can be planted each and every year.
There are no mandatory “work days” in this club even though any type of help from the members is greatly appreciated. They have a long time caretaker that does a great job of keeping things in order and ready for the members when season comes around.
Annual dues on the club are around $3,300 annually and there is a one time initiation fee of $5,000. The initiation fee and first year of annual dues are above and beyond the purchase price listed for this share. A copy of the Bylaws can be made available to interested and qualified buyers.