imagine, your own private group
at Winchester's NILO FARMS, one of the finest
hunting and shooting facilities in the country. Enjoy hunting
ringneck pheasants, chukar partridges, and mallard ducks. Also shoot
trap, crazy quail, skeet, Riverside skeet, sporting clays, 5-stand, and
has provided guests with quality hunting in natural surroundings
since its establishment by John M. Olin in 1952. But more importantly,
NILO has maintained an ongoing commitment to the development and
demonstration of hunting preserve and game management techniques.
To this end, NILO has contributed
a wealth of new information to
the hunting and game preserve community. Many of the
land management, farm crop selection and rotation, and plant cover
design techniques pioneered
and developed at NILO are now a standard in the management of waterfowl
and Upland game bird preserves.
NILO consists of approximately 640
acres that include
rolling hills of Oak-Hickory woodlands and submarginal agricultural
land. Although a game bird cover of hybrid sorghum is NILO's most
important crop, tracts of corn, wheat, alfalfa and clover are planted
each year to preserve the farm setting and supplement the game birds'
feed. This combination of wood and crop land provides natural buffers
- and privacy - between the four main NILO hunting areas.
NILO FARMS will continue to explore
and refine hunting preserve techniques as one viable solution to
the growing demand for outdoor recreation. Although the "hunting
preserve" concept will probably never replace hunting in the wild,
it will continue to provide hunters with quality shooting as future
land use and expanding populations make natural hunting harder to