Jimmy John Liautaud of Champaign is shown with a buck he shot while bowhunting in Illinois in November of 2004.
Jimmy John’s founder loves to hunt
The sandwich business is obviously good for Jimmy John Liautaud of Champaign.
The owner of the Jimmy John’s chain of sandwich shops has apparently paid $245,000 for a license to hunt bighorn sheep in Montana.
That is just another in a line of hunting trips for Liautaud, who has made a name for tasty sandwiches sold at the chain he started in 1983 in Charleston as a 19-year-old. A quick scan of the Internet shows Liautaud has made hunting trips all over the Midwest in recent years to chase deer, elk and other big game.
He offers this testimonial for Three Lakes Preserve in Wisconsin.
“The potential at Three Lakes Preserve is there but you have to hunt hard to find the really big ones. The lodge is exquisite and I’ll be back this year looking for another 200 inch buck.”
In addition to shooting deer, Liautaud has also quietly emerged as a major collector of whitetail deer antlers.
This year Liautaud shot a buck that green-scored 202 1/8 inches while muzzleloader hunting in Kansas with John Platt’s Mule Creek Hunting service.
Here is an Associated Press story on the winning bid, which stops just shot of naming Liautaud.
Sandwich shop owner pays $245,000 for license
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - An Illinois man who owns a chain of sandwich shops has paid $245,000 for a license to hunt a bighorn sheep in Montana.
The license was auctioned at the Wild Sheep Foundation’s convention in Salt Lake City last weekend. The Wyoming-based foundation would not release the name of the winning bidder, who is from Champaign, Ill.
The sale brought $50,000 more than last year’s auction of a Montana sheep license. The record price was $310,000 in 1994.
Also at the Wild Sheep Foundation Convention and the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo, a Whitefish hunter paid $10,000 for a Montana mountain goat license and the Mule Deer Foundation sold a Montana mule-deer license for $8,500.
Montana offers the special licenses annually and receives 90 percent of the auction proceeds, which are designated for species management. The auctioning organization receives the rest.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will auction a Monta na elk license and moose licenses at the organization’s Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo scheduled for March 5-8 in Fort Worth, Texas.