Month: November 2011


Kevin Keith’s 150″ Forked G3 11pt

Posted on: November 30th, 2011

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)

Gift Certificates

Posted on: November 27th, 2011

Need a good idea? A gift certificate for a stay at Heartland Lodge is a perfect 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.


The Weather Man Lies to Hunters

Posted on: November 22nd, 2011

As I flipped the calendar in my office to November 2011, I began to prepare for my pending vacation. I spent much of my time abusing my internet privileges to study the weather forecast on every available weather site on my favorites list. That would be


Vincent McPhillip decided we wanted to start a tradition four years ago, hunting the opening weekend of Illinois gun season at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, with his son Matthew. Each year one or the other would harvest a buck, but this year they both had hu


Tony Childers 135″ 9pt

Posted on: November 21st, 2011

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!!


David Ward’s Combo Archery/Gun Hunt

Posted on: November 21st, 2011

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

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


John Mongello Jr is 100% on Bucks at Heartland

Posted on: November 20th, 2011

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!!


McPillips Family Deer Hunting Tradition Continues

Posted on: November 19th, 2011

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

Ron Way’s Monster Boone and Crockett Whitetail

Posted on: November 17th, 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