Hunters are a curious bunch by nature, which is why you’ll find answers to all your pressing questions and queries below.
PLANNING YOUR STAY
Where are you located?
We have two locations: One in West Liberty, Ohio, and the original X Factor Whitetail lodge just west in Peru, Indiana. Conveniently located near Columbus, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis, our ranches nonetheless capture the rugged spirit and natural beauty of Indiana and Ohio.
When is the best time to hunt?
Our hunting season runs from September to January. Though some hunters prefer to hunt in late October through November, the early and late seasons have their advantages as well. Early season boasts more mild weather and racks that are still near perfect condition because they haven’t started fighting. Late season hosts colder weather and beautiful snow that keeps the deer moving all day long.
What should I bring with me?
Bring weather-appropriate hunting attire, as well as legal weapons, ammunition, optics, and other gear.
When can I schedule another hunt?
Enjoyed your stay at X Factor Whitetails? Book your next stay right away — there’s no need to wait until next season! We have guests book as far as two years in advance, so you can start planning your return trip right away.
How much does it cost?
There is a non-refundable deposit fee of $1,000 for all hunters. Your final price is determined by the class of deer you harvest. Find more info on our Pricing page.
What happens if I don’t get my deer?
We have a “No Kill, No Pay” policy, which means you do not pay extra if you do not harvest a deer. Your $1,000 deposit is non-refundable, but you may apply it toward a future stay if you do not successfully bag a deer this time.
Is there a military discount?
Yes. We appreciate the work our servicemen and women do to ensure our freedom, so we do offer a military discount.
Are there other costs?
There are NO HIDDEN COSTS. Our prices include your hunt, lodging, meals, permits, and game processing. The only out-of-pocket costs are what you pay your taxidermist to mount your deer. Everything else is included. However, it is considered polite to tip your guides, cleaning staff, and other ranch employees to thank them for superior service.
Can I bring anyone with me?
Guests are welcome to stay with you at the lodge and enjoy all the amenities of the property. Non-hunting guests may even sit in the blind with you and take photos while you hunt.
Each hunter is allowed one guest to accompany them at no additional charge. Additional guests can be negotiated at an additional cost.
Can I bring the kids with me?
Yes. There is no age limit, but keep in mind that all hunters must pay the show price if they take an animal.
Are your deer free-roaming?
Yes, our deer roam as they please within the confines of our property. Deer are free-roaming across our hundreds of acres of woodland; however, our guides are familiar with their movements and have positioned tree stands accordingly.
How do you get your deer so big?
A combination of superior genetics, selective breeding, and a nutritious diet results in some of the biggest, most impressive whitetails in the world.
THE DAY OF THE HUNT
Can I hunt on my own?
We do not currently accommodate completely independent hunters. We offer either fully-guided or semi-guided hunts. In a fully-guided hunt, the guide will be by your side every step of the way, helping find the best herds and estimating the score of the deer to let you know how big they are to be sure you get what you pay for. Whether you are hunting out of a blind, a tree stand or on a spot-and-stalk, your guide will be right there with you. For a semi-guided hunt, there will be a guide present to provide transportation to and from the stands and are available for any assistance that’s needed at any time.
What styles of hunting do you accommodate?
Hunters’ choice. We have several elevated tree stands and well-positioned deer blinds scattered throughout the ranch, although our guides are happy to lead you on spot-and-stalk and safari style hunts as well if you prefer the challenge of an on-the-ground hunt.
What kind of weapons can I bring?
X Factor accommodates bow, crossbow, shotgun, rifle, handgun, and muzzleloader hunters.
Do I need to wear hunter orange?
Guests are not required to wear hunter orange while hunting, although it may be advisable in larger groups for safety reasons.
What is your policy on alcohol?
We want you to have a good time while you’re here at the ranch. Alcohol is allowed in the lodge and the grounds; however, for safety reasons, we do not allow drinking before or during the hunt.
What time of day do you hunt?
Deer are very active in the morning and evening, so we try to take advantage of their movements. Our typical schedule includes a hunt in the morning, then a hearty homemade breakfast at the lodge. Afternoons can be spent kicking back to relax or going out for another hunt. In the evening we usually head out for the last hunt of the day, followed by an incredible, five-star dinner.
What transportation is used to access stands and blinds?
We use Polaris Ranger UTVs to navigate our grounds. And, of course, good old-fashioned walking.
LODGING AND AMENITIES
How many people can sleep comfortably in the lodge?
The lodge can comfortably accommodate up to 20 people.
Is there Wi-Fi?
Yes! You don’t have to cut yourself off from the world when you stay at X Factor. The lodge and grounds are all Wi-Fi connected.
What else is there to do besides hunt?
There’s plenty to do down on the ranch. Watch a game on our wide-screen TVs equipped with DirecTV while you enjoy a fully stocked fridge with soda, coffee, and snacks. Spend some time fishing in one of the several ponds located across the property. Or just kick back by the fire with your friends and enjoy our chef-prepared homemade meals.
Are meals provided?
You bet! Our cooks prepare a large breakfast and dinner for all guests staying at the lodge with lunch usually prepared to go. Prime cut steaks, homegrown fish, and downhome cooking are all regularly featured on the menu, so come hungry.