Hunting season brings attention to area land for sale

Lucas Simshauser (on 4 wheeler) with his grandfather Randy Polacek. This is Lucas’ first year out as a spectator only, and hopes to be hunting next year. Lucas said he had an awesome time just getting to watch. (submitted by Becky Simshauser)
“Like” photos like Simshauser’s in the R-T deer photo contest!

Mud drips off the fender of his Dodge pickup as he turns onto the asphalt highway. His camo cap is soaked with sweat from walking the lines of a Monroe County farm with the property owner. It’s another day at the office for Shane Yearian.

It’s Yearian’s favorite time of year. Fall is when deer hunters all over North America think about hunting season and finding a place to hunt. Many choose Illinois, and that’s why Yearian is excited.

He and the other land specialists at Whitetail Properties are the industry leaders for selling recreational hunting land in Midwest. As Yearian canvasses his territory — which includes Monroe, Hamilton, Marion, Fayette, Clinton, Washington, St. Clair, Bond and Jefferson counties — he knows his next phone call could be a future Illinois landowner.

Yearian has a simple message for farmers, ranchers and other property owners in his territory.

“Illinois land is in demand,” says Yearian. “Our state has become one of the top destinations for hunters and sportsmen. Many of the landowners in our area don’t realize the true market value of their property and that’s where I come in. I’m here to help farmers and ranchers capitalize on the current market.”

Yearian is quick to point out he isn’t your average real estate agent, and Whitetail Properties is not an average company.

“As a national real estate company, Whitetail Properties has built a nationwide network of buyers and sellers whose supreme interests are hunting, farm and ranch land – it’s our specialty,” says Yearian.

Since its founding in 2007, Whitetail Properties has exploded into North America’s top place to buy and sell recreational hunting and farmland. This fact was cemented in 2012 with nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in sales and being named among “America’s Best Brokerages” by The Land Report. The growing staff of Whitetail Properties real estate agents in 13 states are hard-working, knowledgeable and passionate hunters and land managers. The team currently averages a farm sold every day throughout the year.

Whitetail Properties reaches more than 31 million households with Whitetail Properties TV, an award–winning show on The Sportsman Channel that showcases the benefits of owning recreational real estate.

To contact Yearian for a free, no obligation market analysis of your property, call 618-830-2825 or email

To learn more about Whitetail Properties, visit

The Republic-Times is getting into this year’s hunting season too! Check out our deer photo contest for your chance to win a Schneider’s Quality Meats gift card!

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