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  • Save On 2016 Whitetail Hunts!
    Save On 2016 Whitetail Hunts!
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    Now is the time to reserve your 2016 Whitetail Hunt. Prime dates get filled a year in a adance so don't wait to book your
  • Book Your 2015 Whitetail Hunt Now!
    Book Your 2015 Whitetail Hunt Now!
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    Now is the time to reserve your 2015 whitetail deer hunting dates, especially if you want to come during a prime time!! We have some great hunting dates available, but they won't last long! The 2015 season should be one of the best in many years. If yo
  • Trail camera not just for big game
    Trail camera not just for big game
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    Nowadays, just about everyone is using trail cameras for hunting, but the real question is, “Are you getting your money’s worth out of your camera and using it to its full potential?” Most hunters dust the camera off about mid-August to early September, s
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Tips from our Experts

  • Early Summer Whitetails…What Should(‘nt) I be doing?
    Early Summer Whitetails...What Should(‘nt) I be doing?
    Posted by admin
    For many of you die hard whitetail hunters there is an itch that you feel right now. An itch that, you so very much, would like to scratch. Turkey season is over, you have already drowned several dozen nightcrawlers, the green fields are growing, and th
  • Before the Spring Thaw…
    Before the Spring Thaw…
    Posted by admin
    As we enter the last week of February most people grow anxious for the warmth of spring. Although I share in this enthusiasm I know that there is work to be done before the flowers start to bloom. This is the optimum time of the year to make habitat imp
  • Here Comes the Fall...
    Here Comes the Fall...
    Posted by admin
    This time of the year is an exciting time for whitetail hunters. September marks the start of many states deer hunting season and for others it is the final month countdown to go time. With all of this anticipation there is usually a flurry of activity
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  • Anticipation!! I booked my hunt with Heartland Lodge in July of 2014 for the last week of October 2015.  I must say I have never had to endure a wait this long or this exciting.  My wife says I'm unbearable to live with.  I have all of my gear packed and ready to go (except my bow, got to practice) and can't wait to get to Illinois for my first ever Mid-West hunt.  I guide whitetail hunts in South Texas and I'm really looking forward to being the one guided this time!! I promise to write about my experience with Gary and Heartland Lodge when my hunt is complete at the end of October.  Ahh the ANTICPATION is killing me!! Happy hunting and shoot straight!!
    - Rick Myers-Beeville, TX
  • The experience was absolutely great!! While my son and I didn't shoot a deer, we had a great time.  We could have shot deer but chose to wait on a trophy. We can't wait to come back!!
    - Eric Stratman-Quincy, IL
  • Every time I come it's harder to leave.  I feel like this place is my home away from home!  I always speak highly of this place and do my best to get the word around.  It means a lot to me that everyone on staff treats me as their friend.  The personal touch and getting to come hunt with my friends is what keeps me coming back
    - Jim Palermo
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Whitetail Deer Videos

We are avid whitetail hunters and love watching whitetails 365 days a year. The following are whitetail vidoes that we took during our summer scouting along with deer taken during the season. Keep checking back as we will update this page with deer videos as we take them. All of these deer are in Pike and Calhoun Counties, in Illinois.  Also check out our trail cam photos along with our successful hunter photos.



Steve Thorpe's Late Season 130" 10pt

Mark Mizon's 135" Late Season Buck

Floyd Simone's 150 Stud!

David Ward's heavy 140" split brow 11pt

Emotional Vincent McPillips' 150" Stud 

Tony Childers' 135" 8pt

John Mongello Jr 130" 9pt

Matthew McPillips Opening Morning 135" 9pt


Ron Way's 192" Monster!!!
Read more about Ron's Massive Buck Here>>>

November Chase

Dennis Desilva's "Extra Tine" November Buck

John Morris and his 140" November 10pt

Bobby Bufford 145" November 9pt

Bart Leswick 140" November 9pt


Dwayne Martin's 146" October 10pt

130" 8pt

Rich Peace's 130" October 10pt


Ed Taylor's October 143" 15pt!!

Giant October Whitetail! 280lbs -157" Mature 9pt!!

Aug 30, (Monster 11pt)

 Aug 29, 2011 (Big 10)

Aug 29, 2011 (Shooter Next Year)

 Aug 28 2011 (two ten points)

 Aug 27th, 2011

Aug 18th, 2011 (Tall Tine 8)

Aug 18th, 2011 (Part 2-Monster 16pt)

Aug 18th, 2011, (Part 3, Bucks in the field)

Aug 16th, 2011 (9 pt)

Heartland Hunt, Successful Hunters, and Scouting Footage