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Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

Fun Facts

Family Rating: Must Join the Hunt/Fishing to enjoy, Relax in Beautiful Setting, Great Couples Trip
Lodge Rating: Rustic Luxury
Age Appropriate: 8 Years or older
Season: September - November
Location: Big Rapids, Michigan
Closest Major Airport: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Private Planes: Private planes can be accommodated closer to the property
Holiday Options: Fall Break, Thanksgiving
Activities: Amish Country, Firepit, Fishing, Golf, Shopping
Species: Whitetail Deer

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Our First-Hand Experience

Our relationship with the owners of this lodge stretches back nearly 20 years.  From the moment we met, laughter, pranks and seriously good hunting have defined our friendship.

On our first hunt here, we thought that a high fence hunt couldn’t be a challenge or a forever experience.  To our dismay, this property is thick and challenging!  No one truly knows what roams in the woods here. It is so thick with marshes, draws and numerous “big buck hideouts” that no game count can be taken. On that first trip, we didn’t listen to the guide when he said, “that’s a really good deer” …we went home empty handed and returned the next season for a whopper, actually his and hers Whoppers! Corinna’s beat Kevin’s that year…counseling was needed for that…ha ha!

You never know what will pop out of the woods here and they don’t know either!  At age 12 Josie took her first two whitetails that now hang on our walls. One aptly named Lobster claw for its really cool brow tines.  Our Thanksgiving that year will never be forgotten.  We all cried when we left.

The camaraderie we experienced on that first hunt was the beginning of a life-long friendship.   It is different here, this is not just a hunt but a memory making experience that we long to return to each year.

Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

This family owned and operated Michigan luxury whitetail hunt is located in the heart of big northern whitetail hunt country!   So, what makes it a favorite of ours? Rustic luxury accommodations, warm service, humor, delicious food and whitetail hunting that reminds you of why you love it. Michigan Luxury Whitetail Hunt

“The hunt of a lifetime that you’ll want to go on over and over”

What separates this hunt from all the other high fence hunts?  Three things, the challenge and the people.

  1. The “cast of characters” has a interesting mix of wittiness and authenticity  that will draw you back year after year.
  2. Michigan luxury whitetail hunt takes place on 1,300 acres of mature hardwood ridges, open fields and misty hemlock bottoms in central Michigan for the crafty wild native Northern whitetail buck.  NO ONE really knows what roams in the woods.  Because the land is so dense, game counts are impossible.
  3. There is no by the inch pricing!  As a result, this is a true hunting trip.  While there is a high opportunity to hunt giant whitetail, there is also no guarantee of success…a challenging hunting trip!

For two decades the family has intensively managed the herd.  As a result they have big framed northern Whitetails and carefully cultivated the ground for unparalleled hunting experiences.

As you enter the ranch the demands and expectations of your world quickly drop like antlers do late in the season…you feel a natural calm that can only be found in nature…you become part of “hunting camp” the way it used to be…you become part of this hunting family.

Owners of Family Expeditions have been hunting with this family for nearly two decades!  We love it and most importantly we love the people in this family!  Your family will love them too…

Accommodations & Meals

The beautiful new ranch style lodge overlooks the valley and is decorated with trophies that you only dream about. Each room is designed for comfort and to meet your every need. The lodge offers several living areas, each to accommodate your desires for comfort, entertainment, and solitude.  If you just want to relax in front of the T.V., satellite is in several common areas. For the hunter who enjoys “swapping lies” the fire pit is always a favorite! Sit out on the back porch and watch the whitetails in the valley below.

A well trained chef is at your service to prepare all of your delicious meals. If you have special requests, the chef is eager to do his best to accommodate your desires. One guest said “Great facilities, great hunting, great food but it’s the people here that make this a great experience. It’s great to find a place where the people are this dedicated to taking care of their guests.”

The lodge offers six private suites.

Hunting

The terrain here is a mix of thick woods, deep ravines, swamps, and heavy brush. The majority of the hunting is done from very comfortable, spacious box blinds that have heaters for the cold months or traditional Texas safari style from the truck. During the rut you and your guide might hit the ground in the morning for some rattling and still hunting. This is an unforgettable experience when the bucks are responding to rattling!

There is no preserve hunt in the industry that matches this hunt and we would add that there is possibly no free range hunt that matches this experience hunt.  This is not a guaranteed hunt but it is a high opportunity hunt.  This is an experience hunt with the opportunity to harvest a mature deer; this is not a “killing trip”. There is no by the inch pricing. Trophy and management hunts are offered for the discerning hunter.

The guides are experienced and passionate about hunting.  Each hunt is unique and you never know what will step out of the woods next!

This beautiful 1,300 acre ranch has very diverse terrain with beautiful hard wood flats on top, deep ravines and dark misty swampy cedar bottoms. The majority of the hunting is done from very comfortable, spacious box blinds that have windows that seal and heaters for the cold months. During the rut you and your guide might hit the ground in the morning for some rattling and still hunting. This can be an unforgettable experience when the bucks are responding to rattling! During middays enjoy some good old Texas safari style hunting riding the roads perched up in a high rack.

Hunt packages are available from presidential hunts to Managers hunts.  The schedule is a Monday to Friday schedule.

Activities

Local shopping and the Amish community are nearby as well as golf.

Length of Stay / Itinerary

Sunday:  Arrive in Grand Rapids and spend the night near the airportMonday:  The “Limo” will pick you up at your hotel in the late morning and drive you to the ranch about two hours away.  Arrive for late lunch and shoot in your rifle.  Head out to the blind for your first hunt.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:   Hunt
Friday:  Morning Limo ride back to the Grand Rapids airport for your departure home

Travel Details & Location

The ranch limo will collect your group from Grand Rapids and transfer you to the hunting property.  On departure day, once again, the ranch limo will return you to Grand Rapids for your trip home.

 

Internet & Communications

Excellent wifi and cell services available

Changing Generations

We would venture to say that there are few outfitters in the United States that give back to the community and to wounded warriors of our military at the level that this family outfitter does.  This is a character family and they place “making a difference” in the world ahead of their own needs and desires.  How do they do this?

  • Each year, they host a wounded warriors hunt for our military veterans!
  • Each year, they host a hunt for children with special needs or situations!

Think about it.  This is a small family operation and they personally do more for our military and children than many hunting operations combined.  They take two weeks out of every hunting season on their own managed property to give others an experience of a lifetime hunt.

We could not be prouder to work with this selfless family!

Rates

2019 Rates:

Managers Hunt: (4 days with 7 hunts)
A September or early October hunt where you will be given the opportunity to harvest one mature management buck. The hunter, accompanied by one guide, will have the opportunity to harvest one mature whitetail buck that does not quite meet the high genetic standards of bucks that are wanted to go into the rutting season. These bucks are great trophies. 1×1 guided four day hunts begin Monday afternoon and ends Thursday night with a Friday morning departure.  1×1 guided three day hunts begin on Monday and end on Wednesday night or begin on Wednesday and end on Friday night.  A mature buck scoring 150-180
$6,500 per hunter (1×1 guided)
for 4 days (7 hunts)
$4,500 per hunter (2×1 guided) for 4 days (7 hunts)

Presidential Hunt:  (4 days with 7 hunts)
Looking to shoot any deer that  steps out in front of you, mature or not.  This hunt is limited to only a few select guests.

$12,000 – $19,000 date specific but NO BY THE INCH PRICING!

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Trip Insurance & Cancellation Info

Trip insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment on this trip. We will assist you with trip insurance upon booking. See links at the bottom of this page for the two providers we suggest for our clients.

Family Expeditions, LLC confirmation and refund policy:

If your trip is more than 90 days out from date of departure, a 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation and must be received within 10 days of booking to confirm your dates. All trips must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to the departure date. If your trip date is within 90 days, FULL payment for the trip is required. All payments to Family Expeditions are non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, we will do everything in our power to assist you in finding a suitable substitute or transferring your dates per the lodge/providers/government requirements. Trip insurance protects your investment!

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