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  • Get Ready For Pheasant & Quail Hunting Season!
    8/6/2014
    Get Ready For Pheasant & Quail Hunting Season!
    Posted by admin
    Well it’s getting to be that time of the year once again when we begin to think about the upcoming hunting seasons. Whether you enjoy Upland Bird Hunting, Waterfowl Hunting or Deer Hunting our lodge offers just about the best that you will find. Three b
  • 7/11/2013
    Upland Hunting in The Mid-West and at Heartland Lodge
    Posted by admin
    Upland Hunting in the Mid-West and at Heartland Lodge - some questions and answers to help you in deciding when to come and hunt with us, what to bring and how to prepare for your hunt. Here we are once again thinking about the up and coming Upland Bird
  • Tips For Opening Day Pheasant Hunting
    7/11/2013
    Tips For Opening Day Pheasant Hunting
    Posted by admin
    Tips For Opening Day Pheasant Hunting By Chris Larsen Opening day of pheasant season is a lot like the first day of school. Everyone is wearing their fancy new clothes, people are wandering around aimlessly, and lessons are about to be learned. Hun
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  • 3.5 Things to Do When You Kill a Doe
    10/22/2014
    3.5 Things to Do When You Kill a Doe
    Posted by admin
    3.5 things to do when you kill a doe Shooting does, we understand the importance for herd management, the fantastic eating and confidence boosters. We also understand what they mean to big bucks. But are we really taking full advantage of does on
  • The Tools for Deer Scrape Manipulation
    10/22/2014
    The Tools for Deer Scrape Manipulation
    Posted by admin
    The Tools for Deer Scrape Manipulation Nurse……Scalpel. You hear line this in many TV hospital dramas. Doctors have many instruments to choose from when in the operating room and when it comes time to doctoring a scrape, do you have the proper instru
  • 9/30/2014
    Checking A Tree Stand
    Posted by admin
    Checking A Stand In theory, we should all have checked our tree stands before the hunting season starts, to cut shooting lanes, and to check on the status of your stands. But what if you haven’t had time? I fully understand many hunters do not have
  • Don’t Standout In A Layout Blind
    9/30/2014
    Don’t Standout In A Layout Blind
    Posted by admin
    Don’t Standout In A Layout. Excited honks crashed the air waves as we responded with calm groans and single clucks back to the group of geese circling our spread. Just a few yards closer is all we really needed for the birds to be in range but as t
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Testimonials

  • Overall, our experience was wonderful.  We enjoyed being members of the Heartland Lodge family.  Terry Abney was a wonderful guide and we enjoyed hunting with him and his dogs.  The overall upland hunting experience is top notch and I can't think of anything else to make it better.  Hope we can come back again in the future!
    - Jason Valiga
  • Absolutely Amazing.  Best hunting experience of my life.  I will always remember this trip.  Our guide, Terry, is amazing.  Truly great guy and one hell of a guide!
    - Comeron Clark-Hedgesville, WV
  • Loved our first father/son hunt.  Luke is asking to go again already.  I think we will make it a tradition.  Truly a family feel for the lodge.  I would recommend it to anyone in the St. Louis area who would like to experience outdoors/hunting. 
    - Steve Granberg, St. Louis, MO
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Upland Bird Hunting

Heartland Upland fields with HunterEnjoy upland bird hunting at Heartland Lodge. We have the best wild quail hunting and pheasant hunting in Illinois! Hunt for native bobwhite quail and pheasant behind some of the best hunting dogs in the country. Our German Shorthair Pointers and English Pointers are second to none. An abundance of native prairie grasses mixed with fields of milo present the ideal habitat for upland bird hunting. No need for you to work the dogs, carry the birds, and dress the game on our guided hunts. At Heartland Lodge, you'll have the assistance of our friendly bird hunting guides. This Orvis endorsed wing shooting operation is one of the finest in the country and the only Illinois hunting lodge endorsed by Orvis.

Wing shooting at Heartland is a favorite among hunters visiting the lodge. This area has a long tradition of wild quail hunting and  and pheasant hunting, along with quality bird dogs. You will enjoy 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. The relaxation of the lodge is something you will look forward to after a full day of hunting.

A Hunting Tradition

Your stay with us is more than an upland 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.

Heartland Lodge was featured in Shooting SportsmanDouble Gun Journal and the Quail Unlimited Magazine.

Click the sections below for more information.

 

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Pheasant Hunting

Some of our upland hunters prefer just to pheasant hunt. Our pheasant hunts are the best you will find. Even though all of our fields have both pheasants and quail, some areas hold mostly pheasants. Hunting pheasants behind our pointing dogs can be an exciting experience! Pheasant hunting in South Dakota is mostly done with flushing dogs and blockers. In Illinois we hunt behind pointing dogs along fence rows, food plots, and prairie grasses. We mow flushing strips so the wild pheasants are forced to flush or hold for the dogs. Go to our Pheasant Hunting in Illinois page for more details.

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Quail Hunts

Heartland Quail FieldsSome of our upland hunters prefer just to quail hunt. Our quail hunts are the best you will find. Even though all of our fields have both quail and pheasants, some areas hold mostly quail. Wild quail hunting is a tradition that was established over 30 years ago when Heartland’s owner began hunting wild quail as a young boy. You will enjoy watching coveys of quail flush along fence rows, food plots, and prairie grasses. Hunting quail at Heartland is like stepping back in time and hunting “Uncle Charlie’s” farm as you did as a kid. Go to our Quail Hunting in Illinois page for more details.

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Pheasant and Quail Hunts

Most of our upland hunters prefer to hunt both pheasant and quail. Our combination quail and pheasant hunts are the best you will find. Hunting pheasants and quail together can be an exciting experience. Each time the dog goes on point you don’t know if a covey of quail is going to flush or a rooster pheasant. Sometimes you have both quail and pheasants flush!!

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Upland Bird Hunting Conditions

Our guided upland hunts are made up of 2-4 bird hunters. We hunt in native prairie grasses, milo, and cornfields. Most of our hunting is done walking. Breaks are taken during the hunt to water dogs and give the hunters a rest. Please let us know the pace you enjoy bird hunting. We have fast and slow working dogs. Our guided upland hunts are designed to accommodate your style.

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Upland Bird Hunting Packages

Four-night, three-day upland bird hunting package - Arrive the day before your hunt, between 3p.m.-5p.m. Hunt for three days and depart after breakfast on the fifth day.

Three-night two-day upland bird hunting package - Arrive the day before your hunt, between 3p.m.-5p.m. Hunt for two days and depart after breakfast on the fourth day.

Daily upland bird hunting packages can be arranged. Please tell us if you have a preference on quail hunting, pheasant hunting or both.

The customer surveys for last year's season for our Upland operation had a 98.00% customer approval rating. This was based on hunting, accommodations, meals, and services..

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Bringing Your Own Dog

You may bring your own dog. The fee is $25 each night if staying in our kennel. Our kennels are outside and are 5'x10'. Our guides will not run their dogs with client dogs. We are not responsible for quality of your hunt when using your own dog. Make sure your dog is in shape and is accustomed to hunting our conditions.

Self-guided upland bird hunts are available from January 1st thru April 10th.

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Miscellaneous Information

Traditional Hunts (Limits on Pheasant, Woodcock & Wild Quail Hunting)
Pheasant hunting is limited to 4 cock pheasant. You may harvest up to 8 on wild quail hunts. Woodcock can be taken during open season dates only.

Premium Hunts (Liberated Hunts)
No limit liberated upland bird hunts are available upon request. In addition to quail and pheasant we offer fast flying Red Leg partridge. (Double Premium Hunts Now Available)

Rooms
All of our hunts are booked double occupancy.  Private rooms and luxury suites are available, for an additional charge.  Please view our virtual tours of the Original Lodge, New Lodge and Rooms to get a better idea of our accommodations.

Size of Groups
We limit our upland hunters to 14 per day. Larger groups are welcome and can be arranged on a private basis.

Memberships
We have memberships for individuals, families, and businesses. Learn more about becoming a member of our hunt club here>>

Gun Rental
We have guns available for rent. Please call in advance if you would like to rent a gun.

Shells
We have shells available for sale at the lodge for 28, 20 and 12 gauges.

Open All Year
Come to Heartland for a get-away. This will give you the opportunity to check out the Lodge prior to booking a hunting trip. We are open all year.

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Upland Bird Hunt Reservations

Please call our office at 1-800-717-4868 or you can e-mail us at info@heartlandlodge.com to book upland bird 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 are booking a fall hunt, (September-December) all balances must be paid by September 1st. Winter hunts (January-March) must be paid in full 60 days before the scheduled hunt. A process fee of 10% of your total booking will be charged when canceling. After September 1st (Fall hunts) and less than 60 days (Winter hunts) your entire deposit will be lost. If someone in our original booking does not show, you will be charged the full amount, for original amount booked. These policies will help us provide you better service.

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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What To Bring

Use the following list as an upland bird hunting checklist when packing for your stay at Heartland Lodge.

  • Your Gun
  • Orange Hat and Vest (Hats are sold at lodge along with Orvis vests)
  • Gun Case
  • Shooting glasses
  • Comfortable boots
  • Camera (Optional)
  • Cooler (Optional)
  • Slippers or heavy socks (Shoes are removed in mud room)
  • Comfortable Shirt and Pants

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Upland Bird Hunting Tips

Pheasant Hunting Tips
Increase your chances of flushing a rooster with a few simple pheasant hunting tips.

  • Try hunting in early morning or late afternoon, when pheasants are feeding.
  • You will find a better shot on the edges of a grain field, than deep in the midst of it.
  • In mid-day, when the birds have taken deeper cover, walk slowly back and forth to flush them, so that your partner - a blocker stationed at the end of the field - can get a shot.
  • Wear hunter orange at all times, especially when working with a blocker.
  • A properly trained pointing or flushing dog help increase hunter success.(This is what Heartland uses)

Quail Hunting Tips
Increase your chances of flushing a bobwhite quail with a few simple quail hunting tips.

  • The best time to hunt a quail is late in the afternoon.
  • If possible, hit brushy areas between agricultural plots, especially the edges.  These areas provide both shelter and easy access to and from food for the birds.
  • If you flush out a covey that you don’t see land, give them a minute or so then hit your quail call to find their new location.
  • Be ready to shoot!  This is a good rule for all hunting, birds can and will show up anywhere.(But always be safe!)
  • Aim and shoot at individual birds, not into coveys.  Not only is it more sporting and you are less likely to wound birds, it is more effective in getting birds into your bag.
  • If you only flush out a few quail don’t give up. Coveys don’t always flush together.  Instead move slowly toward the sight of the flush and be ready!
  • When quail hunting always wear hunter orange.

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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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