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What’s Happening at Heartland in February
1/29/2012
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February is set to be a busy month for the Heartland crew. We’ll start the month off at SCI in Las Vegas. For those of you in the western part of the country, we’d love to see you there! We will be heading to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the Eastern Sp... Read the full story
Going Out with a Bang: Late Season Doe Hunting
1/26/2012
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Going Out with a Bang: Late Season Doe Hunting The 2011-2012 season is in the books. We had a great season here at Heartland Lodge, filled with memories that will last a lifetime. Late season doe reduction is always the final leg of our deer season. It’s a great time to enjoy the hunt without all t... Read the full story
Filling the Void from Whitetail Deer Hunting to Spring Turkey Hunting
1/11/2012
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Whitetail deer seasons around the country are reaching their ends, and hunters everywhere are gearing up for spring turkey. Application deadlines are closing in quickly, but the turkey season is still a few months away. You’ve applied for your tag, booked... Read the full story
2012 Spring Turkey Last Chance
1/7/2012
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With deer season coming to an end and turkey season applications going into random daily drawing its time to make a decision. If you are a beginner turkey hunter wanting to gain some knowledge on chasing these birds or an expert wanting to put another mon... Read the full story
2012 Deer Season availability
1/7/2012
As the 2011 deer season is coming to an end in Illinois and in your state possible as well, the last thing you are probably thinking while you’re sitting in your chair on Sunday afternoon watching football, is booking a hunt for 2012. Well now is really t... Read the full story
Another Outstanding Year
1/7/2012
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As the calendar roles around to another year and with the hunting season only having a few short days left we need to take the time to reflect on the year we had. Whether you hunted with us here at Heartland Lodge or on your own property it’s time to take... Read the full story
Shed Hunters
1/7/2012
As the deer season is coming to an end we are starting to notice more and more big bucks missing sides. If you are one of those enthusiast that walks miles and miles through the woods looking for a deer horn don’t worry you will fit right in here. Heartla... Read the full story
16yr old Matthew McPhillip's Memories of Hunting Whitetails in Illinois
11/21/2011
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My family and I have been coming to Heartland Lodge for 4 years now and are planning to return for a fifth. When we first started coming I was only 12 years old and wasn’t even old enough to hunt. However I came with my parents hoping to see some of the m... Read the full story
Ron Way's Monster Boone and Crockett Whitetail
11/17/2011
This would be my 3rd trip to Heartland Lodge and I've anticipated coming for the whole year as I have seen in the two previous times a B & C buck each year. Never close enough for a shot but just seeing one was enough to get me to come back. The first n... Read the full story
Rich Peace and His Illinois October Whitetail
10/27/2011
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This year my dad and I decided to come to Pike County and try our luck at an Illinois whitetail. We booked a hunt the last week of October with The Heartland Lodge and we couldn't wait to get here. As we arrived, so did the unseasonable warm weather.... Read the full story
Allen's October Blog-Hunting Early Season Whitetails
10/16/2011
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The deer hunting season is well underway here at Heartland Lodge. Despite heat and high winds, shooter deer opportunities have been numerous. The less than ideal weather conditions have reminded us to pay close attention to the little things that are fu... Read the full story
Memories
10/5/2011
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Memories, Opening day has finally come and hunters have made their way into camp. It’s always an exciting time of year for both hunters and guides. It didn’t take long for everyone to be smiling and telling stories about previous seasons... Read the full story
Clothing and Gun Selection for the Beginner
9/21/2011
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Well here it is the start of the official fall season. Our thoughts are turning to getting out in the field and enjoying the beautiful weather and the chance to harvest a monster buck or to get involved with some water fowl or upland bird hunting. In m... Read the full story
What's Your Stand On Stands?
8/25/2011
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WHAT’S YOUR STAND ON STANDS Hanging stands, climbing stands, ladder stands, homemade stands, shooting towers, ground blinds, or just an old bucket against a mighty oak? With so many options, what’s a hunter to do? This is the time of year we need to f... Read the full story
Allen's August Blog-Get Ready
8/3/2011
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It’s August, the trail cameras are out, and the day we’ve all been dreaming about is less than two months away. It’s time to start preparing for the 2011 hunting season. The first step to getting ready for any hunt is to make sure all your legal documen... Read the full story
Hot Summer Whitetails
7/29/2011
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It sure has been hot here in Illinois lately! I really enjoy watching whitetails during the summer. Just the other night I spent the evening driving around Harpole’s Heartland Lodge and the surrounding Pike County area spotting whitetails with my son. We... Read the full story
PIKE COUNTY WHITETAILS
7/6/2011
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I am ready to do some whitetail hunting here at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge! I took advantage of the holiday weekend to see how the deer herd was doing, and let me tell you, it’s doing very well. I spent a lot of time in the truck and on the 4 wheeler scout... Read the full story
It Show Time-Allen's July Blog
7/2/2011
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Independence Day is almost here, and there is no better place to celebrate than Heartland Lodge. From atop P Ridge one can see three separate towns’ firework shows. Aside from celebrating freedom on the fourth, July will have our whitetail division on t... Read the full story
Allen's June Blog -Start Shooting Your Bow
5/28/2011
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Summer time is here and it’s time for a little rest and relaxation. It’s also time to dust off those bow cases and start getting in shape for the coming deer season. We’re already seeing some promising antler growth here at Heartland Lodge, and the time... Read the full story
Allen's May Blog
4/30/2011
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We have just entered the final stretch of what has thus far been a phenomenal turkey season here at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge. This season has been packed with memories as one of our hunters added another state to his list in a quest to tag a bird in all... Read the full story
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