Whitetail Deer Hunting

Floyd Simone Takes this 153" 11pt During IL's Second Gun Season!
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Floyd Simone Takes this 153" 11pt During IL's Second Gun Season! Our old and good friend Floyd Simone took this mature whitetail on the opening day of Illinois second gun season. Floyd had an incredible deer hunt, seeing 4 shooters! This buck is at least 7 years old and was in a brutal fight with another buck sometime... Read the full story
Kevin Keith's 150" Forked G3 11pt
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Kevin Keith's 150" Forked G3 11pt Our new friend Kevin Kieth took this awesome buck on the last day of his hunt. He and his guide Kris Strickland did an amazing job in the final hours of his hunt. Great job Kevin and Kris!! (There is no video as it was to dark)... Read the full story
2012 Hunts Available
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2012 Spots Available Now is the time to reserve your 2012 hunting dates, especially if you want to come during a prime time. We are coming off an incredible 2011 season with the majority of our hunters rebooking for 2012. Despite very windy and warmer than normal conditions... Read the full story
David Ward's Combo Archery/Gun Hunt
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David Wards Combo Archery/Gun Hunt Our good friend David Ward harvested this heavy mass split brow 11pt. David had an incredible week of hunting. He first started out hunting the archery week before the shotgun season. David saw shooters almost every day and came very close to arrowing a b... Read the full story
Tony Childers 135" 9pt
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Tony Childers 135" 9pt Tony took this very wide 135" 9pt on the second day of his hunt. Tony passed up two shooters on the first day. Tony was impressed with the wide rack this buck had. Congratulations Tony!!... Read the full story
Vincent McPhillips Makes an Incredible Memory with his Family
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Vincent McPhillips Makes an Incredible Memory with his Family Vincent McPhillip decided we wanted to start a tradition four years ago, hunting the opening weekend of Illinois gun season at Harpoleā€™s Heartland Lodge, with his son Matthew. Each year one or the other would harvest a buck, but this year they both had hu... Read the full story
John Mongello Jr is 100% on Bucks at Heartland
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John Mongello Jr is 100% on Bucks John Mongello is two for two on hunts at Heartland Lodge. John took a monster 160" whitetail on his first hunt at Heartland and this year he shot this 130"! Congratulations John!!... Read the full story
McPillips Family Deer Hunting Tradition Continues
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McPillips Deer Hunting Tradition Continues The McPhillip family started a tradition four years ago, whitetail hunting at Heartland Lodge the opening weekend of Illinois gun season as a family. Dad (Vincent) hunts with Matthew while Mom (Joanne) enjoys the lodge and surrounding towns and area. Mat... Read the full story
Two Chances at a 192" Boone and Crockett Whitetail!!
Two Chances at a 192" Boone and Crockett Whitetail!! Our good friend Ron Way from Arizona harvested this buck of a life time on the last morning of his hunt. This main frame 10 with a small kicker off the left sides scores 192"!! Ron and his guide Matt "Yankee" Brunet stayed focused on this brusier knowing... Read the full story
Brad Doughty's Incredible Whitetail Hunt!
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Brad Doughty's Incredible Hunt! Brad Doughty took this very mature buck (7yrs old) on the last morning of his whitetail archery hunt. Brad had been seeing shooters every day in the tree stand but just could not connect on one. He sat in the stand all day, ever day maximizing his opportu... Read the full story
Dennis Desilva 131" "Extra Tine" Buck
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Dennis Desilva 131" "Extra Tine" Buck Dennis Desilva took this unusual buck. Notice the extra beam coming out of its forhead. Dennis called this nice... Read the full story
John Morris' 140" 10pt
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John Morris 140" 10pt Our new friend John Morris shot this nice 140" 10pt on the first morning of his hunt. John captured the whitetail hunt on film. He is filming for his tv show Backroad Outdoors! John and his father Bill had a incredible week full of memories that will last... Read the full story
140" November 9pt Whitetail
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140" November 9pt Whitetail Our good friend Bart Leswick takes another nice buck at Heartland. Bart has hunted whitetails at Heartland the past four years in a row. He has killed two nice bucks and has missed two. Bart enjoys hunting whitetail here in Illinois during the first week... Read the full story
145" November Whitetail
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145" November Whitetail Bobby took this nice 9pt on the last day of his hunt. Congratulations Bobby!... Read the full story
146" October 10pt Bruiser Whitetail!
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146" October  10pt Bruiser Whitetail! Our new friend Dwayne Martin use a drag rag to bring this awesome whitetail to within bow range! Congratulations Dwayne!... Read the full story
A 130" October 10pt
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A 130" October 10pt Rich Peace took this nice whitetail on October 26th. It was one of those overcast, cool days that you just felt like something was going to happen. It was Rich's first trip to Heartland Lodge. Congratulations Rich!!... Read the full story
An October 143" 15pt!!
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An October 143" 15pt!! Our good friend Ed Taylor from New Mexico harvested this nice buck. Ed shot him on October 25th and recovered him the morning of the 26th. After a bad shot the deer only went about a 100yrds and bedded down. It pays not to put any pressure on a deer after... Read the full story
280lb Monster October 9pt!!
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280lb Monster October 9pt!! Kirk Scribner took this monter whitetail during Illinois archery season in mid October. This mature whitetail weighed over 280lb pounds and scored 157" as a 9 point! Congratulations Kirk on an awesome buck!!... Read the full story
Come hunt with Sitka and Rhino Outdoors pro-staff members
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For the second year in a row, Sitka pro-staff member Jeff Sposito will be joining the Heartland Lodge Crew for a whitetail hunt October 7th-11th. Also joining the Heartland Lodge Crew this year on the same week will be Rhett Hardin pro-staff member of Rhi... Read the full story
Extend your archery comfort range
The common archery hunter practices three to four nights a week shooting 20 and 30 yard distances. Practicing these ranges night after night can make you feel comfortable in making a good clean shot at 30yrds. However, have you ever had a big shooter buc... Read the full story
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