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  • Muzzleloader Deer Hunt Special
    8/27/2014
    Muzzleloader Deer Hunt Special
    Posted by admin
    We are offering our 2014 Muzzleloader only hunt at a special rate for a limited time. This hunt is normally $2,450 and we are offering it for $1,950. There are limited spots and are available to the first hunters who call in. If you are reading this post
  • 12/5/2013
    Book Your 2014 Whitetail Hunt Now!
    Posted by admin
    Now is the time to reserve your 2013 deer hunting dates, especially if you want to come during a prime time. We have some great whitetail hunting dates available, but they won't last long. Most of our prime dates fill up early. We had a good 2012 white
  • Two Awesome Bucks Out of The Same Treestand!
    11/4/2013
    Two Awesome Bucks Out of The Same Treestand!
    Posted by admin
    For the past two years John Brewer has spent the first week of November at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge. Many of our hunters have a favorite week, and they return to camp at that time every year. The reason for creating this habit may be based on previous
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  • Here Comes the Fall...
    8/27/2014
    Here Comes the Fall...
    Posted by admin
    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
  • The Quiet Gobbler
    5/23/2014
    The Quiet Gobbler
    Posted by admin
    Well as sad as it is for me to say this; my turkey season has now come to a close. The 2014 Turkey Season was a successful one and added many new stories that I will treasure for years to come. From successful youth hunts, some first time gobblers, and s
  • Deer Herd Health in the Midwest
    1/15/2014
    Deer Herd Health in the Midwest
    Posted by admin
    I guess one could say that I stay in tune with the whitetail deer hunting world all year long. I visit hunting forums, social media, websites, read magazines, and subscribe to various blogs and e-articles. I don’t have outdoor television programming at
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  • LOCAL ARCHER SHOOTING FOR THE STARS
    8/23/2014
    Local Archer Shooting for the Stars
    Posted by admin
    Northeast Missouri teenager Brooke Miller took up the sport of archery 4 years ago. Since then, she has won multiple local, state and national titles. The rural Ewing, Missouri archer now has her sights set on something even higher, a spot on the USA
  • Lining Up For Ducks - Understanding Long Line Decoying
    1/28/2014
    Lining Up For Ducks - Understanding Long Line Decoying
    Posted by admin
    We were not chasing typical high flying mallards or whistling wood ducks. These were wildly colored diving ducks. Pushing down from the arctic as the deadly weather of winter encompasses the landscape, bluebills, goldeneyes, redheads, old squaws and the
  • 12/3/2013
    Watch for Trailing Bucks During the Whitetail Rut
    Posted by admin
    Nothing gets a whitetail hunter’s blood flowing faster than an all-out rut fest. Does flying out from every inch of brush like they were shot out of a pinball machine and bucks act as barriers trying to corral them. Logs snap like tooth picks and any o
  • Building Brush Blinds for Whitetail Deer Hunting
    11/17/2013
    Building Brush Blinds for Whitetail Deer Hunting
    Posted by admin
    Building Brush Blinds Where and how to properly build a brush blind Scrub brush, briars, vines and saplings growing wildly well above the head of a grown person create near impenetrable landscapes for huma
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Testimonials

  • 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.  

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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.

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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 http://dnr.state.il.us.

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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.  

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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.

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Reservation Information

Please call our office at 1-800-717-4868 or you can e-mail us at info@heartlandlodge.com 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.

Transportation
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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Please click here for more information

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