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    Hunting Gift Certificates for Christmas
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    Still have to play Santa and need a good idea? A gift certificate for a hunt at Heartland Lodge is a perfect Christmas gift for that special someone on your list! This unique gift will be one that they will never forget and will sure to be used. We ha
  • Reserve Your 2012 Winter/Spring Dates
    Reserve Your Winter/Spring Dates
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    Now is the time to reserve your winter/spring upland hunt! Dates are starting to fill up a littler earlier this year. Call now to make sure you receive your choice dates. Enjoy our great guides, awesome dog work, wonderful lodging and incredible meals.
  • Tips For Opening Day Pheasant Hunting
    Tips For Opening Day Pheasant Hunting
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    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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  • 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
  • This is the second trip to Harpole's Heartland Lodge for a great experience once again.  We did the upland hunt last year and a combo hunt during this stay.  Great lodge, staff, and guests.  Guides are second to none and show my son the love of hunting which he can't get enough of. We will be back.
    - Steven Granberg-MO
  • 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
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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.