Cherrybend Pheasant Farm- Southwest Ohio's Pheasant Hunting Destination
Welcome to Cherrybend Pheasant Farm! Our farm has been in operation as a pheasant hunting preserve for 60 years. We have 640 acres in the preserve that provides plenty of space for even our busiest day. We offer pheasant hunting as well as chukar and quail.
Cherrybend is family owned and operated by Matt & Beth Ellis and Scott & Melissa Ellis--a long time Clinton County farm family. The Ellis family has a long history farming on Cherrybend Road, since the mid-1800's, and is dedicated to keeping the farm an Ohio pheasant hunting destination. Our farm is fully operational and includes corn, soybeans, wheat, and the cover crops of sorghum and sunflowers.
We really enjoy having folks come out and hunt our farm. We have met people from all over the world, and some of them have even become good friends! So, come out to our slice of America and see what farm and country life are all about!
TRAVEL ALERT- NEW BYPASS AROUND WILMINGTON ON THE WAY TO CHERRYBEND-Reduces travel time by 10mins.
For those traveling to Clinton County taking State Route 73 from I-71
There is a new bypass that goes around Wilmington that will take 10 mins. off your travel time. As you approach Wilmington (heading east) you will be automatically routed onto the 4 lane divided highway bypass (you don't get a choice). After about 7 miles you will need to exit off onto the "Washington Court House/ Wilmington" exit for St.Rte. 22. Turn left off of the exit onto 22 and you travel about 4 miles and Cherrybend Rd. will be on your Right.
Also, please remember that many restaraunts and shops are located within Wilmington! Stop in!
News and Updates
October 25, 2014--Field conditions have rapidly improved with the frost we have had. The fencerows and sorghum is starting to brown up and will be a great cover stand against the winter wind and snow that we are bound to get. The fields have all been harvested.
Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and is a popular time to hunt! We do not overbook the farm--make sure that you get your reservation in to get on the books.
European hunts have been schedued for:
November 15th at 12:30pm
November 21st at 12:30pm
December 13th at 12:30pm
European Hunts are all-inclusive and include lunch, 10 pheasant released per hunter, tower release shoot, no bag limit walk-up hunt, bird cleaning (breasted) and stories and tall tales around the campfire afterwards.Guides are available to be scheduled for the walk-up hunt. Call to schedule!
September 15, 2014-- A lot has been going on here at the Farm! We are preparing to harvest the corn. We will be checking the moisture in the corn and hope to start harvesting next week. The sorghum is still very green--we are strongly suggesting that those interested in hunting WAIT until the field conditions improve. This will happen with the upcoming corn harvest and a few good frosts to burn back the green cover. At this time field conditions would be considered VERY DIFFICULT. We are anticipating conditions to be better by beginning of October. Only Mother Nature has control of that!
Also, due to us waiting for conditions to improve we request that anyone stopping by to give us a call before coming. We tend to be out in the fields and barns this time of year and don't want to miss your visit.
*New 5-Stand Course-- We have just installed a new 5-stand with new MEC traps up near the house. For those interested in trying it out, please call to schedule. We will have set weekend hours eventually with no appointment required, however with upcoming harvest we are not implementing that yet.
$12 for a 25 shot round
$22 for a 50 shot round
August 16, 2014-- Our Farm has been busy this summer! We have been working hard raising pheasant and quail. The weather has been cool but it looks like a change is coming this week and will heat up.
We offer an Early Bird Membership which gives more bird credit if paid by Aug.31st. If you are interested in being a member, please contact us to get the info to meet the deadline.
We will be watching the crops and cover closely. Every year conditions are different for the harvest and for the burnoff of the green cover. We will post field conditions here to help folks determine when to schedule their hunts. Hot and green conditions are not much fun. We will be honest and tell you if conditions would amount to a rough and unsuccessful hunt in the early season. Right now its looking like early October---but the upcoming heat may speed things up a bit.
Rick Smith will be having his Foundation and Intermediate Seminar here Sept27-Oct.1. If you would like your hunting dog to perform better, are new to dog training, or just want to learn more about how dogs think--consider attending his course. www.huntsmith.com
We have some exciting news and an addition to our Farm that we will be revealing in September!! Stay tuned to see what we have added to the Farm!
June 16, 2014-- We have all of our crops planted and field maintenence has began! We also have 2,700 pheasant chicks and 1000 quail chicks in the brooder house for our first batch. They are doing great! We get busy with farm chores this time of year--barn cleaning and disinfecting, weed managementm, cover management, animal health, equipment repairs, barn repairs, and sporting clays.
Keep your shotgun skills accurate by routinely shooting clays at our course. Weekdays available after 5pm and weekends by appointment.
Have a great summer! If you are planning on joining as a Member, email us your information so we can send out an invitation to our Annual Member Appreciation BBQ September 13th. For renewing and joining members complimentary clays and also dinner and band with dancing. A great evening!
April 1, 2014-- Hunting has ended for the Spring. We will resume hunting in September as weather permits. Now we begin cleaning the barns and preparing for our chicks.
Sporting Clays is open by appointment. We have a league that shoots Wednesday nights but are happy to form a Private League night for you group. Just call and ask!
We want to Thank all of the hunters that visited our Farm this season. And we also want to thank our amazing staff and Guides that commit to our Farm. We are a family here.
March 24, 2014-- Winter wants to give us one more blast of snow it seems. We are winding down to the end of our spring hunt season. March 31st is the last day of bird hunting until we begin hunting again in September. We look forward to preparing for our chicks and for the upcoming Sporting Clays season.
March 10, 2014-- We managed to survive sub-zero temperatures and are hitting the hunting pretty hard. Folks have cabin fever and are itching to get in the fields. Fortunately, we have fields and birds available! Our quail have been alot of fun this week.
As we approach the end of the Season,March 31st, it would be wise to schedule your hunts in advance. Last Saturday we were completely booked as folks were excited to get back into the outdoors. Scheduling is on a first come, first serve basis. We keep track of how many birds are in the barns and will only schedule enough hunts to account for them. Last weekend we went through over 400! Good news is we have a strong residual population.
January 31, 2014-- Ahhhh. A HEAT wave at 20 degrees today! We have had lots of extra work keeping water to the birds and dog care with the bitter cold conditions. The kennel dogs all got to sleep in the house when temperatures were at their worst! And they didn't like it one bit! We pushed all the birds inside when icing conditions presented--to keep them healthy and those long, long tails on the cockbirds. With the hard work of our staff, no problems with any of the animals! Thanks, guys!
Finally getting back to fun hunt conditions. Looks like we will have a few good days of decent weather. Dogs and people need to get out and get some fresh air.
We have plenty of birds to get through the season. Pheasant, chukar, and quail are readily available. Nothing is as pretty as a cock bird flushing up and a hen following! Come enjoy our Farm, Spring is rapidly approaching. We hunt until March 31st.
January 4, 2014-- Happy New Year!! We started the year off with a bang! Our holiday season was outstanding. The weather cooperated and folks were able to get out with family and friends to hunt during the holiday break. This Thanksgiving weekend brought the biggest hunt weekend we ever had. Thank you to everyone who came out and chose to hunt our Farm.
We are really pleased with the cover. The residual population of birds has been awesome which only adds to every hunt out there.
Bitter cold weather is moving in and we are busy preparing for it. Getting our kennel into the barns and preparing water lines so the birds have access to water presents its own challenges. Please take precautions with your animals. -40 degree temps are too much for anything.
We will be scheduling the next European hunts either the end of January or early February. We have trade shows we are going to that we have to work around. Watch our web page or Calendar of Events for the dates.
November 21,2013-- What great hunts we have had this past several weeks. We are so proud of our birds. They are super strong and athletic. Folks have been commenting on how big and healthy and how long their tails are. (Tail length is a sign of good nutrition and good health.) We hope you can make it out to the Farm this season and experience a traditional pheasant hunt.
SMOKED PHEASANT-- We have Smoked Pheasant available for purchase now and through the holidays. Call to order and we can also ship it. It is a delicious delicacy that makes a wonderful gift for someone who has everything.
European Tower Shoot-- We have a shoot 11/23 and 12/14. Check the European page for more details.
October 31,2013-- Book your Thanksgiving Hunts now. It is a popular week to hunt and we do not over-book the Farm. We want safe hunts and great times for our hunters. The European Hunts are filling so hop in on one of the scheduled events. It is the best deal on an all inclusive hunting package!
October 23, 2013-- Now THIS is bird hunting weather!! Finally optimal conditions have set in. We have had awesome hunts going out with a healthy population of residuals in the fields for really great hunting. Some of our Members are already doing their Traditional hunts and are coming back successful every time with residual birds. The sorghum is holding the birds very well.
This weekend will be fantastic for bird hunting. Give us a call and get out in the fields. At this time we still have guides available to schedule with your hunt.
October 8,2013-- The fields have been harvested! The sorghum strips are still a little green but are a short, and workable variety. A couple of good frosts and conditions will be ideal. We have had hunts going out that have been successful and lots of folks working their dogs getting ready for Dakota pheasant hunting trips. Keeping the dogs hydrated and cool is still a priority until the weather cools. Come on out and hunt!
Book your Thanksgiving week hunts now!! WE DO NOT overbook the Farm.
September 13,2013-- The crisp air this morning has folks itching to hunt. I agree, but it looks like still a couple more weeks before the cover dries up for optimal conditions. I want you hunting the fields, but I also want you to be successful. Be patient and wait for the change in foliage for bird hunting. Green cover is super hard to get birds out of. They will stay under it instead of flushing out of it--basic prey principles.
Take this time to conditions your dogs--get them running and work on basic obedience. Get out on a Sporting Clays course and tune up your shot. If you are going to a preserve to bird hunt, set yourself up for success and wait until conditions optimize. We won't encourage hunting until those conditions are in place. We want you to be successful and have a great hunt.
August 27, 2013-- The heat has been pretty intense this week. It may actually help the crops finish up. The sorghum is still very green and we expect it to be several weeks before we will be able to get into the fields to hunt. We will continue posting updates.
A Fly-in is scheduled for 9/21. Get more info on the Hollister Field page.
Membership Deadline for the Early Bird Special is September 7th this year. Do not miss out. After 9/7 the Membership rises to $525.
The Rick Smith Seminar is 09/27-29. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to enhance your dog handling/training skills. Email or call for the registration forms.
June 12, 2013-- We have a brooder barn full of chicks! 2,500 pheasant chicks and 1000 quail chicks. They are doing very well and already trying to fly. Our crops were late getting in the ground due to the cold/wet spring. We were about 3 weeks behind our last year planting date. This may extend the growing season into September--depends on the what the summer weather does for us. Our opening date is September 1st however it is dependent on the crop harvest. We will keep you posted.
March 20, 2013-- Spring is here! Finally! And the pheasant sure know it. They are getting squirrely(if you know what I mean). The males start fussing with each other over their lady-birds. We have already had some quail eggs in the barn as well. With only 10 days left in the season the cover will thin and the gamebirds will be difficult to hunt. Consider hunting chukar and quail to finish out the Season. Our last day of hunting is MARCH 30th. We will be open for clays by appointment until May and then will offer "Open Shoot" times on Saturdays and one day a week. Watch the website for more info to follow.
Once hunting has ended for the Season, we will begin preparing the barns for our first batch of chicks in May. And we start from the beginning once again. :)
What We Do
We recognize that not everyone has the ability to step out their back door into 640 acres of populated pheasant hunting land. This is what inspires us to open our lives and our farm up to people that enjoy the outdoors and upland game hunting.
Our mission is making sure that everyone has a safe and succesful hunt. But, remember...this IS hunting. Some days are good and you make "the great shot", and some days are bad and you can't hit the broad side of a barn. We get the birds in the fields for you, but we can't make the shot. Again, that's why it's called "Hunting". So, you shoulder up your shotgun, whistle for your dog, and go out and have a great day...you may get more than you expected, or you may tell us about the one that got away. Either way, no day of hunting is ever "wasted time". It's a great day!