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Dave Lusk


Having grown up in Southern Ohio my whole life, hunting wild game and especially big bucks just came second nature. I've taken numerous large whitetail in Ohio, and turkey not only in Ohio but other states as well. In building this foundation for harvesting large whitetail, guiding and outfitting just came to be second nature. After all this time, thousands of hours and countless days in the woods, almost 12 years in business, Southern Ohio Outfitters has made its name sake as being one of the hot spots in North America to come shoot the buck of your dreams. Southern Ohio Outfitters was ranked number #1 in the state by Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine as well as receiving accolades from other sources for our big buck killing tactics. Its hard to believe that as an infant, being strapped to my fathers back in deep snow, and taken out scouting, it would evolve into what it has today. My story just so happens to be deep rooted in the heart of whitetail country. I look forward to meeting you and making your dream hunt a reality.

Justin Wimmer
Justin Wimmer
Hi, my name is Justin Wimmer and I'm the manager at the Holland Fork Lodge. I'm a graduate of the Colorado Outdoor Adventure Guide School with a passion for putting clients on big, mature Ohio bucks. My love for the outdoors started at a young age, introduced to me by my Dad and Grandfather. Throughout my early childhood I always sought to have a career in the outdoors; it was a dream to guide. Growing up I have put a lot of hours in the woods, and really strived to learn how to hunt the land based off of topography maps and the quarry. Since graduating from COAGS and having worked several years at SOO, I really strive to make your experience here with us the best it can be. I truly look forward to meeting new people and guiding them to their buck of a lifetime.
Austin Sharpe
Austin Sharpe
Hello, my name is Austin Sharpe and I'm the manager of Masters Lodge here at Southern Ohio Outfitters. I'm a graduate of COAGS (Colorado Outdoor Adventure Guide School) with a certificate specifically for Whitetail Deer hunting. Soon after completing my course there, I came to Southern Ohio to check out the opportunity ahead and couldn't pass it up! This isn't just a dream but a true passion to chase big whitetails and teach others the skills to be successful in harvesting them here. I'm extremely confident in deer movement and the activity of our properties for our clients successes. It's my goal here at Southern Ohio Outfitters to ensure your time with us is special, comforting and guiding you to the hunting experience of a lifetime. I'm looking forward to building friendships and meeting each person who walks through the door this year!
Austin Sharpe
John Baker
Oak Ridge Manager/
Customer Liaison


I was born in the rural hills of West Virginia on the Ohio River. My youngest memories of hunting and fishing was probably from the age 8 running trap lines most of my life. If it flies, crawls or jumps I've probably killed or skinned it. I remember my first sighting of a big mature Whitetail when I was about 11. I killed my first Whitetail when I was 12, with a 40 lb. golden bear recurve & I've been chasing big mature whitetails ever since. I've killed over 30 that are 130", most of them from the state of Ohio, a few from West Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri. I began guiding hunters on big Whitetail many years ago. I mostly enjoy when customers kill a big Whitetail, and it's as exciting as if I killed it myself. I started guiding for Southern Ohio Outfitters five seasons ago, and we are not employees, we are a family. We all work together for the same goal, and that goal is to give each and every client the experience of a lifetime. Customer service is number one at Southern Ohio Outfitters, and I would not have it any other way. You may come as a customer, but you will leave as a friend, and that's what deer camp is all about. Great friends, great laughs, great food, and giant whitetails!!

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David Lusk
Jackson, Ohio
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