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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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Ten Secrets to Establishing a Native Bird Population

The ten most important step of establishing a native bird population is establishing a good habitat for the birds. By establishing good habitat the birds are more likely to stay in that area.

#1 Create a buffer of grasses and legumes

A buffer of grasses and legumes helps prevent erosion and provide quail nesting, brooding and roosting habitat.

#2 Use less herbicide

Important brood habitat will be created when herbicides aren’t used on the outside two rows of crops. They will become weedy, have more overhead protection from predators and it provides more insects for chicks. When the outside two rows of crops are left unharvested, it provides food and cover during the winter.

#3 Over seed winter wheat

Over seeding winter wheat will provide excellent brood habitat.  After harvested leave ground idle this allows foxtail and ragweed to grow naturally providing good brood habitat during summer and food and cover during winter.

#4 Plant shrubs

 Planting shrubs of black berries, plums, and sumac in strips will provide a place quail will use as covey headquarters.

#5 Pile up brush along field edges

Brush piles along the edge of fields will provide an escape area for birds from predators. Allowing the quail to walk easily through the area but larger animals cannot.

#6 Prescribed burning

Prescribed burning of areas of land should be done in late winter creating the best quail habitat by generating a lot of seed producing plants and bare ground between the grasses. It will also eliminate predators such as snake and rats.

#7 Disking

Periodic disking of one third of a CRP field can keep the field in good quail habitat. It decreases the dominance of grasses and provides growth of plants that quail will use as food. 

#8 Trim hedge rows

Trimming hedge rows prevent them from shading out grasses and shrubs that are good for the quail habitat.

#9 Food plots

Planting food plots of corn, Milo, millet, sorghum, sunflowers and soybeans provide a large percent of the winter food source.

#10 Edge feathering

Edge feathering is cutting trees along timber edge leaving tree tops for immediate coverage. Within a year or two this area will produce briars, brambles, grasses and weeds providing an escape cover for quail. 

These management techniques may be a little different through-out the country. A good practice is to work with your local wildlife biologist who will guide you through these processes and others in order to help you create the best habitat and native bird population for your area.