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 over 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) on 73 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
Watch our video highlighting our annual Veteran Event Operation Cherrybend! The 2018 Operation Cherrybend is September 12-16 and the concert at the historic Murphy Theatre is on September 15. Plan on being part of this GREAT community event to honor our heroes!
June 10, 2018--Don't miss the chance to win an A400 shotgun at our next NSCA shoot! Register online today at www.iclays.com. This is a NSCA registered target shoot with the chance to win the shotgun. At lunch, 5 tix will be randomly drawn. These 5 individuals will then proceed out to the stands for an elimination shoot off. Last one standing wins the A400!! We must have 40 entrants to be able to give a way this gun. (If we do not, the shoot will revert to a regular NSCA shoot with $65 entry.) Due to the format, we will only have morning shoot times. Shotgun start at 9am.
May 20, 2018--
Please register for NSCA shoots at www.iclays.com. All of the shoots for the summers registered targets are listed. We will be posting all of the Club(fun) Shoots as well for your convenience. Visit the Sporting Clays page for more info and hours of operation.
April 7,2018-- The hunting season has ended for the 2017-2018 Season. However, Members may still call to hunt as winter conditions continue. Until we can get the tractors in the fields, Members will be allowed to continue.
Our NSCA Registered Target Course will officially open for the season with limited Early Spring Hours on 4/14/18. Special group events may schedule outside of listed hours by making a reservation.
We have switched our NSCA shoot sign-ups to the iClays program. Please check www.iClays.com for the tournaments we have scheduled for the summer. The first one is on Memorial Day weekend.
Also, follow us on Facebook for current updates.
Thank you to all of our hunters we had at the Farm this season! It was another amazing year! Mother Nature did her very best to challenge us, but we kept rolling along with die hard hunters in the fields. Thank you to our staff who worked so hard to provide the services that we are know for. We look forward to the 2018-2019 Season! If you are interested in Membership, watch for our Member Pary Announcment. Invitations will go out in July for the event in August and renewals.
February 03,2018--Looks like the weather will continue to waffle back and forth, but that doesnt stop our hunters from coming and having a great time! LOTS of events coming up this next two months. Dont miss out!
February 10- Open Towershoot (sign up link on Calendar of Events page)
February 24-- Private Towershoot
March 5-7-- Rick Smith Advanced Training Course (call to register)
March 10-- Private Towershoot
March 24--Open Towershoot w/ WV Trophy Hunters
Watch for additional special events in March to finish out the year!!!
Jan 01, 2018 Happy New Year!-- Thank you to all our customers, guides and staff that made 2017 a fantastic year! God Bless you all and my you have good health and prosperity for 2018!
!November 05, 2017-- Conditions have improved tremendously with the frosts we have received! We have had great hunting going on here at the Farm!.
Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. Schedule your hunt today to confirm your visit to the farm. It is an EXCELLENT time to hunt as there will be plentiful birds in the fields. We have a strong residual population already this year!
Check our calendar of events. There is a Hunter Safety course scheduled as well as the next two Open European hunts. Don't miss out on the great stuff we have going on at the farm.
October 05,2017-- Fall is officially here on the farm and the combines have been in the fields. The beans are done on Cherrybend, and the corn is up next to be shelled. We have NOT had a frost yet, so the grass and cover is still green. This makes for tough hunt conditions--green, dry, thick and hot. We will advise you when you call to schedule your hunt what the current conditions are. We want you to have a good hunt and will tell you up front what the conditions are. Currently, we are recommending morning hunts until the heat lets up. It is easier on the dogs and scent conditions are better. Ultimately, if you have your own dog, you can schedule either morning or afternoon.
Call now to schedule your Thanksgiving week hunt! This is a popular week and we will NOT overbook the farm. Once the fields are scheduled, that is it--we will then have a waiting list.
August 31, 2017--- The Fun Shoot originally scheduled for 09/02/17 has been moved to Sunday 09/03/17 due to the rain from Hurricane Harvey. Please spread the word.
Membership deadline is today for the Early Bird Special!! Call today!
Although we "open" Sept.1, it ALL depends on field conditions an temperature. Harvest is several weeks off. Everything is still green--the corn and beans as well as sorghum are a few weeks away from drying. We will post an update when the combines start harvesting. But, we need 3 hard frosts to burn the cover down for decent hunt conditions.
July 1, 2017--- Our first batch of chicks are now outside in the flight pens and doing great! The wheat has been harveted and the sorghum planted for the fall cover.
We have several more shoots this summer. There are 3 more Fun shoots and 3 more NSCA Registered target shoots. Check our schedule on the clays page for more info.
June 10,2017--We have a Fun Shoot scheduled for 06/17/17 which is a great and fun way to have some friendly competition. The entry fee includes 100 targets, lunch, and $5 towards Lewis Class payout. You can come any time between 9a-2p to start your round. Youth are welcome and discounted.
The next NSCA Registered shoot is 6/24/17 and registration is open on Winscoreonline.com.
May 27, 2017-- We had a great weekend of shooting! We posted our first NSCA Registered shoot yesterday. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped get this project going. We are commited to providing quality targets to our shooters!
The results of the Registered shoot is on Winscoreonline.com. The Fun Shoot is on our Clays page under Event Results.
Come out and shoot clays with no appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-dusk and Saturdays 9-3pm and Sundays 10-2pm for the summer. Thursday is game night and shooters that shoot 100 targets are entered in a drawing for a gun in September.
April 29, 2017-- The clays Fun Shoot that was scheduled for today has been postponed until tomorrow due to severe storms and flood warnings. And lightening. Fun Shoot will begin Sunday at 9am.
Check our Clays page for events throughout the summer. Also, join our Newsletter to get the latest info. (I dont send many and they are informational.)
March 26, 2017--- We are winding down to the end of our hunting season! Looks like a few more good days left before it ends on 03/31.
We can't thank our staff and guides enough for the hard work this season. This has been the biggest year yet! I can't express my gratitude enough for all the wonderful people that have come through our doors. We have had folks from all over visit and spend the day with friends and family on the Farm. Seeing you all make lasting memories drives us to continue providing top quality experiences at our Farm. Thank you for choosing us as your destination!
We will begin our Sporting Clays season on April 1st with the No Fooling Fun Shoot. Please check out our Clays pages for info on events and Open shoot times we are offering this Spring/Summer season! We have really put alot into our course with renovations and also registered it with the National Sporting Clays Association for Registered Target Shoots this summer. We also have new pricing which is comparable to non-profit organizations even though we are a Private ownership. We hope this inspires you to get to shooting targets and having fun this summer on our Course! Bring your family and friends for a good time.
Also, watch for our special events and shooting instruction we will be having this summer. Subscribe to our Newsletter on the left sidebar to stay informed. (Don't worry--I don't send many at all. Just when I have info or an event!)
February 06,2017 Spring tried to make an appearance this week and was pushed back! Thats fine, cooler temperatures make for better hunting.
Planning our Sporting Clays events for the Summer season. Check out the schedule on the Clays page (may not be seen on some mobile device). We are now registered NSCA and will have official targets. Don't miss out on the Fun Shoots we are offering as well!
January 2, 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We have had an amazing holiday hunt season with just wonderful hunters choosing to spend time at our farm! Our staff have worked so hard and we can't say Thank You enough for all their hard work.
Check out our Clays page to see the results of our New Years Day Hanover Open shoot.
Now we settle in to the Winter hunt season. We will be posting the European Hunt schedule soon--watching weather patterns to try and set it up for success!
The great news about our sorghum/cover is that it is lasting well through the wet weather and fluctuating temperatures.
Hope to see you soon and wishing you a prosperous and healthy New Year!
November 30,2016 What an amazing holiday hunting week we had! We had some great family stories and memories made on the Farm. This week historically is quiet with Deer season. Here is what is coming up:
December 3-Saturday-7pm Experiential Wine Tasting Register for Winetasting here!
December 17, Saturday 1pm Open European Shoot Register in Calendar of Events
December 24, Saturday Open until 12pm. Then closed through Christmas Day.
December 25, Sunday Closed Christmas Day -- Merry Christmas!!
December 31,-Saturday Open until 12pm. Then closed for hunting through New Years Day
January 1st, Sunday Hangover Open Clay Shoot ( Closed for Hunting) Contact John Townsend for more info on the clay shoot--937-725-1990
Schedule your Holiday hunts in advace! Guides book up quickly. Deposits will be taken for non-member hunts to secure your guide and field. Call today!
November 20, 2016 Its Thanksgiving week! Thanksgiving Day is booked. We have a couple of openings for Friday. Saturday and Sunday have availability as well. Book your last minute hunt and enjoy the Traditional Thanksgiving experience!
November 09, 2016---- Yeeeeeees! It was a wonderful hunt day with cool temperatures and excellent scenting conditions! Field conditions are rapidly improving and hunts are going great! Get your gear out and come hunting.
Now is the time to schedule your Thanksgiving hunts. However there are plenty of openings for the rest of the week and weekend. Call today to secure your reservation for the best hunting week/weekend of the year! It's a great family tradition!
October 3,2016-- We are busy preparing for Operation Cherrybend! Please consider putting together a team for the Veteran Clays fundraiser competition on Saturday morning. All net proceeds go to the Flight Deck Veterans Deck to help fund events for these veterans. We are already planning a Gold Star event as well as a Veteran Father/Son (Daughter) outing.
To enter, go to our Calendar of Events tab and select the link. You can register online. Call or email with any questions. Sponsorships are also available if you can't attend.
September 26, 2016-- Wow! What a busy time on the Farm. Harvest has begun and the combines are rolling!! We have started on the corn harvest and the corn at Cherrybend has been cleared. The beans are still drying down and will be a couple of weeks yet. The sorghum is still green and needs a couple of frosts to burn it back. But, a change is in the air today! Very soon prime hunt conditions will be here!
We are hosting Operation Cherrybend--A Hero's Hunt for combat wounded veterans on Oct.5-9th. Please see the flyer above for access to free tickets for veterans!
Buy tickets to Lonestar at www.themurphytheatre.org
Purchase premium seats within the first 6 rows or VIP meet and greet seats by calling Beth at 937-218-5535.
August 25, 2016-- We are busy getting ready for our Member Appreciation BBQ that is on Saturday. This is the best opportunity to join and/or renew your Membership.
Rick Smith will be here Sept.24-28 for his amazing dog training seminar. Do not miss out on this opportunity to work one-on-one with a professional trainer and your dog!
The fields are still very green and thick (and hot). Hunt conditions at this time would be considered "Very Difficult" Be advised when planning your trip---hunt conditions impove aroud the first of October.
We are looking forward to the Fall/Winter hunt season! We will post when the John Deere combines roll.
June 12, 2016-- Summer is here! We have our first batch of chicks in the brooder house and they are doing great! We have 2500 pheasant chicks and 1000 quail chicks. Soon they will be released to the outdoor flight pens.
We are offering Open Shoot times for sporting clays and 5-stand as follows:
No appointment is required, although appts. can be made outside those shoot times to accommodate your schedule. Weekday appointments are welcome as well!
Rick Smith will be here the last weekend in September offering his outstanding dog training course. Don't miss out on registering for this event!
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!