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  • Save On 2016 Whitetail Hunts!
    Save On 2016 Whitetail Hunts!
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    Now is the time to reserve your 2016 Whitetail Hunt. Prime dates get filled a year in a adance so don't wait to book your
  • Book Your 2015 Whitetail Hunt Now!
    Book Your 2015 Whitetail Hunt Now!
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    Now is the time to reserve your 2015 whitetail deer hunting dates, especially if you want to come during a prime time!! We have some great hunting dates available, but they won't last long! The 2015 season should be one of the best in many years. If yo
  • Trail camera not just for big game
    Trail camera not just for big game
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    Nowadays, just about everyone is using trail cameras for hunting, but the real question is, “Are you getting your money’s worth out of your camera and using it to its full potential?” Most hunters dust the camera off about mid-August to early September, s
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  • Early Summer Whitetails…What Should(‘nt) I be doing?
    Early Summer Whitetails...What Should(‘nt) I be doing?
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    For many of you die hard whitetail hunters there is an itch that you feel right now. An itch that, you so very much, would like to scratch. Turkey season is over, you have already drowned several dozen nightcrawlers, the green fields are growing, and th
  • Before the Spring Thaw…
    Before the Spring Thaw…
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    As we enter the last week of February most people grow anxious for the warmth of spring. Although I share in this enthusiasm I know that there is work to be done before the flowers start to bloom. This is the optimum time of the year to make habitat imp
  • Here Comes the Fall...
    Here Comes the Fall...
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    This time of the year is an exciting time for whitetail hunters. September marks the start of many states deer hunting season and for others it is the final month countdown to go time. With all of this anticipation there is usually a flurry of activity
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Recent Blogs

  • Connecting the Dots on Your Target Buck
    Connecting the Dots on Your Target Buck
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    I’m flipping through hundreds of trail camera photos of does, yearlings, and small bucks using the small spring fed water hole in the late August heat and finally BOOM! A massive velvet toting rack fills my computer screen. After a few mesmerizing seconds
  • A Hunting Honeymoon = The Perfect Honeymoon
    A Hunting Honeymoon = The Perfect Honeymoon
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    In just a few days, some friends of ours will celebrate their 7th wedding anniversary and of course, seeing their anniversary on the calendar reminded me of their wedding back in 2008. The groom is an avid hunter…and the bride was (and still is) his perfe
  • Are Deer Drives a Thing of The Past?
    Are Deer Drives a Thing of The Past?
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    “Loop around this wooded funnel in the corn field and walk through, push something to me.” My father had just given a near holy task to me as a 12 year old boy, push a deer to him. As a young boy, spending a morning freezing with my dad was darn special
  • Building Your Waterfowl Blind Bag
    Building Your Waterfowl Blind Bag
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    Building Your Blind Bag Wind howling, my brother and I looked at each other and traded our gear out quickly. Taking the bows out of the truck, we loaded our duck decoys, shotguns, boats and headed for the swamps. Mallards flew high, teal whistled b
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  • Third time with Terry. He is a great guy and very professional guide. Matt and Allen were also very helpfull. I will be back in the fall!
    - Scott Sprague, Naperville IL
  • With thousands of acres of prime eastern gobbler habitat within shouting distance and extremely low hunting pressure, Harpoles offers some of the BEST turkey hunting anywhere in the US.
    - Jack Robertson-Springfield, IL
  • Nicest lodge & accommodations I have visited. Guides look & act professional.
    - Ronald Petty-Elk River,MN
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Turkey Hunting

2014 Turkey Hunting Report

The 2014 spring turkey seasonhas been a very good year so far!  Large groups of gobblers have been seen on all over our properties. Some monster gobblers have already been tagged.!  



If you would like to hunt with us this spring, now is the time to get your turkey tag.  Currently we are in the middle of the 2nd lottery which ends January 13th.  The third lottery ends February 10th.  After February 11th there is a random daily drawing until March 1. You should have no problems getting a tag if you apply in the 2nd lottery but do not wait for the random daily drawing.  The sooner you apply for tags the more likely you are to receive the season and county you apply for.

If you have not booked a hunt for the 2014 spring turkey season we do still have availability.  Some seasons have little to no availability so please call before applying for tags.

Schwiertert describe his turkey huntin experience on this video>>>


Turkey Hunting at Heartland

Illinois Eastern TurkeyHeartland Lodge was designed with you, the hunter, in mind. Enjoy turkey hunting in Pike County, Illinois. An abundance of CRP fields mixed with fields of milo and hardwoods present habitat ideal for turkey hunting.

Turkey hunting at Heartland is a favorite among hunters visiting the lodge. This area has a long tradition of turkey hunting. You will enjoy this turkey hunting lodge with three hearty home cooked meals every day. After the hunt, relax next to the large stone fireplace in our Great Room, or enjoy a game of pool in our recreation room. The relaxing atmosphere of the lodge is something you will look forward to after each full day of hunting.

A Turkey Hunting Tradition

Your stay with us is more than a turkey hunt. It’s part of a strong hunting tradition that started back when Heartland’s owner Gary Harpole was a child. Each year new traditions are being created by our guests. It’s our hope that you create your own memories at Heartland with your family or friends and carry on a tradition that started many years ago.  

Click the sections below for more information.


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Turkey Hunting Conditions

At Heartland, we hunt a mixture of steep hills, rolling hills, pastures, crop fields, and river bottoms. During your 3-day turkey hunt, you may hunt many of these different terrains. The physical demands of your hunt can vary from mild to challenging, but our turkey hunting guides are more than happy to accommodate your physical limitations and hunting style.


Turkey Hunts

Turkey Hunting Packages
3 night, 3 day hunts - Arrive the night before between 3PM and 5PM.

We have an abundance of free-roaming wild turkeys on our thousands of acres. Your guide will take you on the hunt of a lifetime in some of the most beautiful country that Illinois turkey hunting has to offer. It is a one-on-one hunt with our very friendly and qualified guides, whose mission is your success and enjoyment.

For all turkey tags you need to contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Please call 217-782-7305 to have the application sent to you, or visit them online at


Youth Turkey Hunts

Youth turkey hunts are a great way to get kids involved in hunting. Our spring turkey hunts are normally very successful, providing a positive experience for a youth hunter. For more information on our youth hunts, go to our youth turkey hunting page.  


Miscellaneous Information

Average Turkey:
Most mature gobblers weigh between 20-24 lbs. and have 3/4"- 1 1/2" spurs, and beard lengths of 8"-12". Illinois turkey hunts are for the "Eastern" Sub-species.

Other Activities:
Legal shooting time requires us to quit hunting at 1:00pm. This leaves you plenty of time to relax and enjoy some of the other activities that Heartland has to offer. Sporting clays, wing shooting, fishing, and mushroom hunting are a few of the activities you can participate in.

Size of Groups:
We limit our turkey hunters to eight hunters per week to assure a quality hunt for all.


Reservation Information

Please call our office at 1-800-717-4868 or you can e-mail us at to book turkey hunting reservations.

Where Are We?
Heartland Lodge is in Pike County, Illinois, northeast of St. Louis, Missouri and southwest of Springfield, Illinois. Click here for directions and a map.

Deposit Policy
A payment of 50% of your total hunt is due when making your reservations.

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel before January 1st of year arriving at Harpole's Heartland Lodge, your deposit will be refunded less 10% of total hunt. No refunds are given after January 1st of the year of the scheduled hunt.

Airport transportation is provided by "Hubb's Transportation." St. Louis, Lambert airport, is the closest major airport. For private planes, Quincy and Pittsfield airports are the closest. For more information you can contact Hubb's Transportation at 800-201-0707. Visit our directions page for directions for driving to the lodge.


Important Turkey Hunting Information

  • Illinios turkey hunts are of the Eastern sub-species and 100% wild.
  • All hunts are fully guided. Guides will do the calling and the hunters are welcome to call if they would like.
  • We hunt on thousands of acres located in Pike and Calhoun Counties.
  • The average opportunity rate is approximately 90%.
  • We encourage the harvest of mature gobblers only. Jakes are permitted for a first time hunter only.
  • Bows are legal.
  • Shotguns must be 10 - 20 gauge.
  • Shot shells must be no larger than 4 shot and no smaller than 6 shot.
  • All guns must be plugged and no able to hold more than 3 shells at a time.
  • Hunters may harvest a second bird for an additional $500 if a second permit is held by the hunter for the same season.
  • Care of your bird is handled by your guide.
  • Smoking Policy - No smoking in lodge or in guides' vehicles.


What To Bring

  • Illinois turkey hunting license
  • Your bow or gun and case
  • Gore-Tex or raingear
  • Full camouflage clothing including face mask and gloves
  • Turkey calls (Optional)
  • Turkey vest or cushion (Optional)
  • Binoculars (Optional)
  • Camera (Optional)
  • Cooler (Optional)
  • Slippers or heavy socks (Shoes are removed in mud room)
  • Good tick and bug repellent


Trip Insurance

Harpole's Heartland Lodge strives to give our guests the best experience possible. We understand that your upcoming trip is a significant investment. We offer trip insurance through North America's leading provider of Travel Insurance called "Travel Guard".

There are many circumstances that could change your plans. Please take a few minutes to learn how you can protect yourself. If you choose to decline this valuable coverage, you are assuming any financial loss associated with a cancelation or a change in your travel arrangements.

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