Month: May 2012

It’s time to apply for your non-resident archery tag. The application period for the non-resident lottery is June 1 – June 30, 2012. Hunters will be able to start the application process on June 1st at 12:01 am. If you are a group leader please inform e


Here it is! The blog that you have all been waiting for — the secrets behind the incredible home-cooked meals at Heartland Lodge! If you’ve already eaten at the lodge, then you know precisely what I am talking about. And if you have never been to the


The Turkey Woods

Posted on: May 25th, 2012

This past weekend I made my last trip into the turkey woods for the season. My cousin came up to Iowa to hunt with me and we had a great time together as usual. To top it off, he got to take a real nice gobbler back home to Illinois. The hunt did not st


Venezuela Hunter Shoots His First Turkey

Posted on: May 12th, 2012

As the Illinois turkey season comes to a close, I start looking back on the memories made this season with the hunters at Heartland Lodge. An extremely warm and early spring was the last thing we wanted to see while gearing up for what we hope would be a


Are you looking for a great little weekend getaway where you can explore the countryside while adding in a little bit of history? Well, look no further than Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, nestled in the countryside of Pike County, Illinois. Have I peaked yo

With one of the toughest turkey seasons coming to end its makes a guide smile knowing how many tags got filled throughout the spring turkey hunting season. With mid-march hitting temperature in the mid to high 80’s for almost two weeks everything was jump


Aaron Tippin Visits Heartland Lodge

Posted on: May 10th, 2012

Another memory created at Heartland Lodge.


My little bluebird friend at Heartland Lodge told me just the other day that he was beginning to see hummingbirds around the hummingbird feeders at the lodge. Does this mean that the hummingbird migration has begun? Wanda has always had birds around her

I used to hunt but now in my senior years, my greatest pleasure comes from birding activities. Birding comes with challenges similar to hunting in that one must know something about the life history of the birds in order to know when they will be present

My mom and I just returned from a short trip to Branson, MO – where we were able to spend some great mother/daughter time together. I was hoping to swing by an antique mall there that we came across a few years ago, but when we drove into the parking lot