Whitetail Hunting Q&A
We are located in Pike County IL. Pike County has a long hunting tradition and is located in West Central Illinois in-between the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. For a map or driving directions please visit our Directions Page. (We do not have any other locations.)
Yes, all deer are free roaming. No high fences.
If you are an archery hunter the last two weeks of October and the first three weeks of November are the best times to hunt. Followed by opening week. If you are a gun hunter normally the first gun season is the best but not all years.
60-65%. Some weeks we have 100% opportunity other weeks it has been lower. Weather is the major factor.
Practice, Practice, Practice. Miss shots or poor shots is the number 1 reason most hunters who have an opportunity are not successful. Practice shooting from elevated stands (or something similar). Learn as much as you can about scoring whitetails. This will help take any doubt out of your mind while hunting. One of our guides also wrote this excellent blog called Tips While Hunting at Heartland.
Remember hunting trips are like drinking a milkshake. Planning, preparing, practicing, traveling, being in deer camp, enjoy God’s beautiful outdoors is like drinking the milkshake. Harvesting an animal is the cheery on top. If you learn to always enjoy the “milkshake” all your hunting trips will be successful.
Your lodging, meals, guide and access to our private hunting properties are all included in your hunt. There are no “trophy fees” for harvesting a large buck. All hunters are booked double occupancy in a regular room at our Original Lodge unless other arrangements are made. These rooms are smaller but there is plenty of room around the lodge for your gear. Private rooms and larger rooms can be arranged for an additional charge.
The easiest way is to fill out the application online or you can call in and have the application mailed to you. For a five day hunt, your total costs for license and tags will be around $475 for nonresidents. Residents the cost is around $50. You will need an annual or a five day hunting license, a habitat stamp and your deer permit(s). Anyone born after 1980 needs a hunter safety number or they can purchase a one time apprentice license. Licenses should be purchased before arriving and can do so online at Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Permits go on sale June 1st and any left over permits September 1st.
No, there are no trophy fees. If you kill a 180″ buck you will not pay any extra.
We recommend fix blade broadheads. Wac’Em, Slick Trick, Muzzy are three of our favorites. We strongly recommend staying away from any mechanical braodheads.
Your deer permit can be purchased online. You will need an annual or a five day hunting license, a habitat stamp and your deer permit(s). Anyone born after 1980 needs a hunter safety number or they can purchase a one time apprentice license. Licenses should be purchased before arriving and can do so online at Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Permits go on sale June 1st and any left over permits September 1st. Total cost for all licenses and permits will be approximately $367.
Yes. We have many hunters who enjoy hunting out of a ground blind.
The average height is 15-18 feet. We can lower them or raise them to meet the hunter’s needs.
Crossbows are legal for anyone over the age of 62 or has a doctors permit. Anyone can use a crossbow after our second gun season.
This area is for hunters who are willing to pass on 130 class Whitetails. This is very popular with our repeat hunters who have harvested a 130 class with us already.
Yes. We encourage the harvesting of does. This helps us have a healthy deer heard. If you do not want the meat we donate it to local families.
Our guides do not sit in the stands with our hunters. We feel the less human scent it the woods the better. We also discourage nonhunting guests to sit in the stands with our hunters. If you would like a nonhunting guest to sit with you please call to see if we can accommodate your guest.
Yes. Many of our hunters take advantage of our Resort season to check out what we have to offer. We recommend for you to visit in July or August if that fits into your schedule. Many large bucks are out in the fields during this time of year. Or many hunters like to visit at the end of February and all of March to look for shed antlers.