Duck Hunting Illinois
Duck hunting along the Mississippi and Illinois river flyways can be some of the most exciting and action packed hunting available! You could have the opportunity to harvest a variety of different species of ducks such as; Pintails, Canvasbacks, Mallards, Wood Ducks, and Teal! We offer 5 star duck hunting and outfitting opportunities along these historic migratory flyways.
Our duck hunts are on 300 acres of flooded corn, bean, and millet fields. Pits are heated and in the middle of our flooded fields. The habitat has been managed for ducks for over 20 years. Our professional guides will transport you straight to the pit for each hunt. They will also be doing all the calling and even fix you a hot breakfast right in the blind!
Every fall, ducks fly South to winter. Along the way, ducks will utilize the Mississippi and Illinois river flyways to feed on aquatic vegetation and leftover grain from agriculture fields to aid their long journey Southward. One will often see an influx of ducks right before and the days following major cold fronts. When open water begins to freeze, ducks will be pushed further Southward in search of food.
Duck Hunting Packages
Illinois duck hunting season is anticipated to open the last Saturday in October, running 60 days consecutive, through December. The guides, dogs, meals, accommodations, game cleaning and packaging are all included in the hunt.
Four-Night, Three-Day Duck & Upland Combo Hunting Package – Arrive the day before your hunt, between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hunt for three days and depart after breakfast on the fifth day.
Three-Night, Two-Day Duck & Upland Combo Hunting Package – Arrive the day before the hunt, between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hunt for two days and depart after breakfast on the fourth day.
If limiting out early on duck hunting or if the ducks are not flying one day, an optional late morning upland hunt or round of sporting clays may be arranged. (A waterfowl hunt can be exchanged for a full morning upland hunt at no charge. However, there is a charge to change an upland hunt to a waterfowl hunt.) All non-scheduled changes are subject to availability of personnel.
We recommend combination hunts with waterfowl in the morning and upland in the afternoon!
Waterfowl hunting licenses can be purchased online by going to our hunting links page, or direct at IDNR Hunting License. You will need to purchase the following:
- Five Day Hunting License or Full Season Hunting License
- Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp
- Federal Stamps can be purchased at your local sporting goods store or post office.
Please call our office at 1-800-717-4868 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book reservations.
Where Are We?
Heartland Lodge is in Pike County, Illinois, northeast of St. Louis, Missouri and southwest of Springfield, Illinois. Click here for directions and a map.
A payment of 50% of your total hunt is due when making your reservations.
If you are booking a fall hunt (September-January), all balances must be paid by September 1st. A process fee of 10% of your total booking will be charged when canceling. After September 1st, your entire deposit will be lost. If someone in your original booking does not show, you will be charged the full amount of original amount booked. These policies will help us provide you better service.
Lambert St. Louis International Airport is the closest major airport. For private planes, Quincy, Jacksonville, and Pittsfield airports are the closest. Visit our directions page for directions for driving to the lodge.
Open All Year
Come to Heartland for a get-away. This will give you the opportunity to check out the Lodge prior to booking a hunting trip. We are open all year. Our Illinois resort section has activities available for everyone to enjoy throughout the year!
Duck Hunting Outfitting Rates
|Waterfowl / Upland Combo (End of Oct - End of Dec. Call for dates.)|
|Four night, three day hunt||$3,395|
|Three night, two day hunt||$2,300|
|Add $50/Day for Premium Upland Hunt or $100/Day for Double Premium Upland Hunt|
|* Includes guides, dogs, meals, accommodations, game cleaning, & packaging|
|Waterfowl Only Hunts (End of Oct - End of Dec. Call for dates.)|
|Three night, three day duck hunt||$2,280|
|Two night, two day duck hunt||$1,520|
|* Includes guides, dogs, meals, accommodations, game cleaning, & packaging. Waterfowl hunts end at 11:00.|
Duck Hunting Checklist
- Your gun
- Camouflage Outerwear
- Shooting glasses
- Camera (Optional)
- Cooler (Optional)
- Slippers or heavy socks (Shoes are removed in mud room)
- Comfortable shirt and pants
Bringing Your Own Dog
You may bring your own dog. The fee is $25 each night if staying in our kennel. Our kennels are outside and are 5′ x 10′. Our waterfowl guides will not use their own dogs with client dogs. (Dogs are not allowed inside the lodges.) We are not responsible for the quality of your hunt when using your own dog. Make sure your dog is in shape and is accustomed to hunting our conditions.
It is recommended that all hunters shoot a practice round of sporting clays the day before duck hunting. Please try to arrive around 3:00 p.m. the day before your hunt to shoot sporting clays. It is recommended that you schedule sporting clays in advance if you would like to shoot during your stay. Visit our sporting clays course page for more information.
We have guns available for rent. Please call in advance to reserve a gun.
We have shells available for sale at the lodge for 20 and 12 gauges
Harpole’s Heartland Lodge strives to give our guests the best experience possible. We understand that your upcoming trip is a significant investment. We offer trip insurance through North America’s leading provider of Travel Insurance called “Travel Guard”.
There are many circumstances that could change your plans. Please take a few minutes to learn how you can protect yourself. If you choose to decline this valuable coverage, you are assuming any financial loss associated with a cancellation or a change in your travel arrangements.