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Joel Snow
: As owner/operator of the renowned Hunt Masters Lodge, Joel Snow knows the ins and outs of growing and harvesting trophy-class deer. A diehard, lifelong outdoorsman who grew up chasing whitetails and running trap lines in the game-rich woodlands and croplands of west-central Ohio, Joel is one of the most respected outfitters in the outdoor industry. His nearly two decades of outfitting and business management experience have helped him grow Hunt Masters Lodge into one of the nation’s premiere whitetail destinations. He has no doubt perfected the art of putting his clients in front of big deer. Under Joel’s experienced management, the lodge caters to 60 clients each year – all of whom who enjoy incredibly high success rates with bow, muzzleloader and shotgun on the property’s 14,000 pristine acres. In the rare event that Joel isn’t guiding his clients, he can be found pursuing other game - such as elk and moose - throughout the West, or coaching his daughter’s softball team. Joel lives in DeGraff, Ohio with his wife Lisa and daughters Alexis, Sierra and Alaina.

Tim Woods:
An all-around, diehard outdoorsman with a particularly strong case of whitetail fever. Born and raised in prime whitetail country in Northeast Ohio, Timis a true whitetail strategist. His hunting and camera skills helped him win the Drury’s “Dream Season 5: Land of the Giants”, and he continues to film for the Drurys and is a valued member of their Pro Staff. Tim recently accepted a full-time guiding position at the famed Hunt Masters Lodge, where he spends 365 days a year strategizing, planning and preparing for the upcoming season - hanging treestands, scouting, planting food plots, hanging trail cameras and reviewing footage - all in an effort to outwit and dispatch some of the Midwest’s biggest bruiser bucks. Tim’s position at Hunt Masters Lodge is no doubt his dream job, and he still has a difficult time believing that he gets paid to do what he loves. His passion for whitetails is contagious, and promises to help his clients experience incredible hunting and lifelong memories. Tim resides in DeGraff, Ohio with his wife Candice, daughter Jenna and son Jaxon.

Like the start of any business, things started small in the late 90's with friends and relatives visiting for bow hunts. After a lot of success stories, the wheels began turning about aspirations of turning this in to a business. In Ohio, we are permitted to harvest one buck per season. What a better way to extend that season than being involved in many kills each year. There is nothing better than making lifelong friends and sharing their excitement when they harvest a trophy whitetail.

In the beginning my wife Lisa and I thought it would be best to provide the basics - a hunt. Half way in to the first season we quickly got the feel of what clients were looking for. People wanted a quality place to hunt, but most importantly, they wanted a comfortable atmosphere to feel like home. The majority did not want to just sit in a hotel room at night. The comradery and lodge atmosphere is definitely part of it.

The remainder of the first year, we actually took people into our home and provided lodging and meals.

We spent the summer of 2002 turning our 1600 sq. ft. walk out basement in to lodging with a full kitchen. Then, my Aunt Clara and her husband Hugh agreed to pull their fifth wheel camper up from Alabama to handle the meals. The 2002 season was definitely a big hit. From the meals to the hunting, everything cruised along quite smoothly. The return clients, around 85%, speaks for itself.

During the summer of 2003 we converted half of our 36' x 56' pole barn in to a hunting locker room/lounge for our clients.

Upon arrival, clients leave their hunting arsenal at their individual stall in the barn and take an overnight bag to their room in the lodge.

During the past two seasons the business has taken many different turns and directions:

  1. Farms have been added, some have worked out and some haven't.
  2. I have cut way back on the number of hunters. This is KEY to harvesting big deer year after year.
  3. I would rather kill 7 or 8 150 class or bigger for the season than 15 125" ers.
  4. We let a lot of 125-135 class walk during the rut. This WILL start to really pay off!
  5. To keep numbers low I unfortunately have to charge more to cover the high expenses of the business.
  6. One major downfall of this, is that taking so few does not leave room for many NEW CLIENTS.
    I have a lot of RETURNS!
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