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  • Fall Bird Hunting Special
    Fall Bird Hunting Special
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    Greetings from all the staff at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge! Most of us are enjoying the winter and are anxiously waiting for the coming of spring! Don’t put away those shotguns just yet! Heartland Lodge is once again offering a Sizzling Winter & Spri...
  • Get Ready For Pheasant & Quail Hunting Season!
    Get Ready For Pheasant & Quail Hunting Season!
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    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
  • Five Pheasant Hunting Tips For Beginners
    Five Pheasant Hunting Tips For Beginners
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    By Chris Larsen Pheasant hunting is a great way to get introduced to bird hunting. You don’t need a lot of equipment and although the finer points may take years to learn, it doesn’t take much to grasp a basic understanding of how to hunt pheasants.
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  • Connecting the Dots on Your Target Buck
    Connecting the Dots on Your Target Buck
    Posted by admin
    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
    Posted by admin
    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?
    Posted by admin
    “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
    Posted by admin
    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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  • Heartland Lodge is always my favorite place to come and hunt.  The food is exceptional and the employees are helpful and friendly.  This was my fourth visit and won't be the last.
    - James Clark-Brentwood, TN
  • Don't change a thing! I have been a lot of places and this tops them all! Everything from Matt making us laugh on the sporting clay range to Brad and his team of dogs that blew my mind in the field. These guides are so fun and friendly. Then top it off with the amazing lodge, service, and food. I haven't stopped smiling since I arrived at Heartland and I'm sure I will drive everyone back home crazy talking about this trip for months. Thank you so much for an unbelievable trip!
    - Sam Mette-Teutopolis, Illinois
  • Didn't want to leave! We did not receive a survey upon departure, but I felt I HAD to brag on you guys! The past 11 years I listened to my husband talk about hunting trips-FINALLY-this past week I got to go on my FIRST hunting trip. I am SO GLAD my first trip was at your lodge with Terry & his dogs. I could not have asked for a better trip. The lodge, THE FOOD, the land, the people-*Terry*, "Yankee", Resa, Melissa, & Shannon... everything & everybody was awesome. And Terry's dogs--loved every, single one of them--so smart! I can't thank Terry enough for being such a great guide! Patient, hard-working, hilarious, self-esteem booster, great teacher...ETC.! Thank you ALL for the hospitality. I hope to be back next year. AND if you ever decide to share your recipes, please put me at the top of your list to receive them! :)
    - Brooke Sturgill
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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 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 has been featured in Shooting SportsmanDouble Gun Journal and the Quail Unlimited Magazine.

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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.


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 Lyle’s farm" like you did as a kid. Go to our Quail Hunting in Illinois page for more details.


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 or a rooster pheasant is going to flush. Sometimes you have both quail and pheasants flush!!


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.


Upland Bird Hunting Packages

Four-night, Three-day Upland Bird Hunting Package - Arrive the day before your hunt, between 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.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 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.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.


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' x 10'. Our guides will not run their dogs with client dogs. We are not responsible for the 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.


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 quail 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-Legged Partridge. (Double Premium Hunts Now Available.)

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.

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.

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.


Upland Bird Hunt Reservations

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

Where Are We?
Heartland Lodge is located 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 processing fee of 10% of your total booking will be charged when canceling. If canceling after September 1st (fall hunts) and less than 60 days (winter hunts), your entire deposit will be lost. If someone in your 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.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, located in St. Louis, Missouri, is the nearest major airport. For private planes, Quincy and Pittsfield airports are the closest. Visit our directions page for directions for driving to the lodge.


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


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 rather than deep in the midst of it.
  • During midday, 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 but you are less likely to wound birds and 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.


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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