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  • 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
  • 7/11/2013
    Upland Hunting in The Mid-West and at Heartland Lodge
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    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
    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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  • 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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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.