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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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  • 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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The Top Ten Myths about Upland Birds

#1 Turkeys eat or kill quail

Contrary to belief, turkeys do not eat or even kill quail.  Hard evidence has not proven this fact. Scientific studies of quail and turkey have proven turkeys do not harass quail.  These studies include examining turkey crops, radio collared quail and monitoring quail nest with cameras. 

#2 Inbreeding

The idea of “shoot’em” up to prevent inbreeding is thought to have come from a quail hunter who wanted to gain access to property closed to hunting.  On the contrary, studies show that a covey of quail is nothing more than a group of quail that have gathered together at any given time.  Quail do not always stay in the same cluster they move in and out to different coveys.  This mixing of birds prevents inbreeding.

#3 To have quail you have to have surface water

Surface water is NOT essential.  Quail not only get water from surface water but also from dew drops, rain, and snow.  They also get the water they need from eating succulent leaves, fleshy fruits and insects.                         

#4 Red-tailed hawks kill quail

Since red-tailed hawks do not have the speed of the alert, fast flying quail capturing them is very difficult thus making this statement false. Healthy quail get away! Actually red-tailed hawks do more good than bad.  They actually prey on other predators and even scare them away.

#5 Quail are monogamous

A hen isn’t always faithful to her mate. Often times she may lay a clutch of eggs and then leave the nest to select another mate and lay a second or even third clutch of eggs.          

#6 The hen quail is needed to incubate eggs

After a hen lays her eggs she may leave the nest for her mate to incubate and brood. In all actuality the male incubates 25 percent of all clutches and raise them by himself

#7 Predators are killing off all the quail and pheasants

People think that since they aren’t seeing the birds that the predators are to blame. It’s not just the predators it’s due to poor habitat.  If the birds do not have a good habitat they often leave the area to find one that is more suited for them. 

#8 Rooster pheasants are the only pheasants that crow

Hen pheasants also have a voice box that allows them to crow.  They normally don’t because their female hormones overpower any trace of male hormones they may have.

#9 Not hunting a property with help populate an area that quail are found

The amount of quail on a property is determined by how many quail a property can support. If proper habitat is not there, neither will the quail.

#10 You can increase population of pheasants by decreasing the hunting opportunities

Since roosters are polygamous and will mate with several hens all that is need for normal reproduction is   ten percent of the population to be roosters. The pheasant population is affected by sever winters, poor weather conditions during the nesting seasons, and the lack of suitable habitat.