Month: November 2012


Purchase a Gift Certificate for Your Deer Hunter

Posted on: November 28th, 2012

Still have to play Santa and need a good idea for the hunter in your family? A gift certificate for a whitetail hunt at Heartland Lodge is a perfect Christmas gift for that special someone on your list! This unique gift will be one that they will never fo


Illinois First Gun Season

Posted on: November 26th, 2012

The Illinois first gun season was a very successful one for us. We had 91% of our hunters see shooter bucks and 75% had shot opportunities at shooters. Many of our hunters passed 130”-140” deer looking for something bigger. Our numbers reflect the same


The Importance of a Good Meal

Posted on: November 25th, 2012

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. -Virginia Woolf

Food is a vital part of the human experience, and as such it is a vital part of the conference experience. Maybe it shouldn’t be. Maybe all of the emphasis shou


Thanksgiving Blessings!!

Posted on: November 21st, 2012

Merriam-Webster defines Thanksgiving as “the act of giving thanks” while The Random House College Dictionary takes it one step further and defines Thanksgiving as “the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment or benefits or favors, esp. to God.” So


Late November…Something to be Thankful for…

Posted on: November 19th, 2012

Well here we are… mid-November. Like many of you I have been chasing the whitetails pretty hard over the last few weeks trying to capitalize on the splendor of the rut. I have had several unbelievable days along with some extremely slow days. The one t

Enjoy a Day Trip to Springfield Illinois

Posted on: November 19th, 2012

Looking for a great day trip that will be memorable without breaking the bank? If you’re anywhere near the Central Illinois area, there’s a place you should consider that you probably haven’t thought about visiting since your 6th grade field trip. Sprin

Opening Day of Illinois Gun Season

Posted on: November 19th, 2012

Opening day of Illinois gun season here at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge in Pike County, our hunters arrived yesterday afternoon ready and excited for opening morning. Most of the afternoon yesterday, hunters were sighting in their guns and preparing for this


Father and Son Team Up on Two Whitetails!!

Posted on: November 13th, 2012

Father and son David Maxwell II and III made a memory that they both will remember for the rest of their lives. They were hunting with us during the Illinois archery season and both took nice bucks with their bows. David II’s buck scored 145” and David II


Chandler Entrekin’s First Buck with a Bow!

Posted on: November 11th, 2012

Chandler Entrekin (16yrs old) took this impressive 147″ Illinois whitetail on the last day of his archery deer hunt.


Rick Stavola’s Mature 150″ 8 pt!

Posted on: November 9th, 2012

Our long time friend Rick Stavola took this mature main frame 8 pointer. Notice the unusual drop tine in front of his right eye. This deer scored 148” and was a great deer to harvest as he was an older buck. Rick is a perfect example of what persistence