Meet the Pro Staff team of Southern IL Whitetails!! Our team is filled with dedicated hunters that have a natural love for the outdoors. Each member of our team works year round to improve their hunting skills. Regardless if we are in a tree stand hunting deer, blind hunting wild turkey, or fishing on the banks of a river we enjoy every minute of that time. Our Pro Staff team promotes the hunter's lifestyle in all that we do.
Raised in Metropolis Illinois, John Riegger has hunted the farms and woodlands of Southern Illinois for more than 30 years. Having harvested a 170 inch B&C buck as his first deer at the ripe old age of 7, John has been hooked on hunting trophy whitetails ever since. Although he has been fortunate to bow hunt all across the U.S., he has always returned to the "Land of the Giants", the Southern Illinois counties where he has consistently harvested Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett record whitetails throughout his life.
Known to sport's fans worldwide as a familiar face on the PGA Tour, John has played professional golf for the last 25 years, notably having won 4 times internationally and 2 times on the Nationwide Tour. But as great as he is at golf, John would be quick to tell you that his first love is hunting:
"Over the years I have been fortunate to be filmed on hunting shows and featured in magazine articles about my hunting adventures. I've also hunted with several different outfitters, some good, others not so good, and I know what it takes to have a great hunt. For many years now I've had a vision of providing a top notch hunting experience for others, and Southern IL Whitetails is the culmination of that vision. I have been in your shoes before, and our team is here to help you have an experience that will last a lifetime!"
President & Outfitter
Born and raised in Massac county started hunting at the age of 13 I have harvested 17 P&Y bucks in southern Illinois with the largest scoring 176” I have traveled all over the US filming and hunting for several outdoor TV shows; Full Draw Adventures, Life on the road with Levi and Samantha Morgan, and Staying safe with Jessie and Ginger Morehead. Hunting has been a way of life for me and I am passing on my legacy to my son Gavin Myers who has placed 5th in the world in ASA tournaments for 2010 Eagle SOY Final Standings and 4th in 2011. Now I am using my knowledge and experience to guide for SoutherILWhitetails and help make your dreams become a reality.