Erich Held (Illinois)

Erich Held grew up in the Midwest (USA). Illinois and the surrounding states offered many opportunities to participate in outdoor activities.  Fishing on Lake Michigan, the Mississippi or local rivers. Whitetail deer hunting in the Shawnee National Forest or pheasant hunting in the farmlands.

He discovered hunting at age 16 and quickly found himself seeking out more and more hunting opportunities. Whitetail deer, turkey, rabbit, squirrel, coyote, elk, wild boar, and other animals were eventually pursued. Future plans include moose, caribou and bear.

Erich enjoys the outdoors and all it has to offer.  Whether it’s hunting, camping or just doing work to improve the hunting land. He is passionate about the outdoors and takes the opportunity to share his experiences.  He has taken the opportunity to mentor others during their hunting journey, focusing on archery mostly. Erich has worked closely with others to implement game management ideas.

Living in an urban area like Chicago has provided Erich with some additional challenges.  He doesn’t have the opportunity to view game daily as many hunters in rural areas do. This requires Erich to be efficient with his field time. He has learned to incorporate modern scouting techniques and equipment with the traditional methods.  Food plots have been incorporated into his hunting areas over the past several years. His success as a hunter on public or private land has been dependent upon these learned skills and tools.


Figure 2 “Photo” Erich Held with an Illinois Turkey that he harvested.



States hunted

Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Tennessee, and Colorado

Animals taken

Whitetail Deer, Wild Turkey, Elk, Wild Boar, Coyote, Upland Game, Small Game

Preferred Method

Modern Archery