Whitetail Deer Hunting


We have some prime weeks still available for our 2016 spring turkey season. Come hunt big Eastern Long Beards where their thundering gobbles echo throughout the beautiful rolling terrain of Pike and Calhoun Counties. Deer hunters seen numerous turkeys this past fall, and with a mild winter thus far, turkey numbers should be great this


2016 Whitetail Hunts!

November 3rd, 2015

Now is the time to reserve your 2016 Whitetail Hunt. Prime dates get filled early so don’t wait to book your hunt. If you would like to check us out and hunt with us in 2015 we have a few late season hunts available. Call 800-717-4868 or email MattB@HeartlandLodge.com Picture: Mark Spillane’s 194″ 2015 Whitetail.  

194" 19 Pointer

Mark Spillane was lucky enough to get the opportunity at a buck of a lifetime this week and was able to seal the deal with a 194 inch buck known as Jackpot. Whitetail manager Matt Brunet had been chasing the buck for two years, and was finally able to close in on the brute. Last


Ask any veteran whitetail hunter about the biggest buck they’ve ever seen and there response will probably be a very captivating, animated story. Stories that usually begin with; it was just breaking light on a foggy morning…it was spitting snow and ice on a cold November day… I had been hunting the swamp buck for

Brian's Illinois Whitetail Buck

My journey to Harpole’s Heartland Lodge (HHL) began some two and a half years before I set out from my home in Denver, Colorado this November to join my friend, former college roommate, and fraternity brother (some 20 years ago) at his beautiful hunting lodge in central Illinois.  In early 2013, I stepped through the

Illinois late seson muzzleloader buck

It was the second evening of Jeff Mohney’s late muzzleloader hunt at the Heartland Lodge, the weather was near record highs for mid-December and deer movement had been relatively slow. With a major cold front moving through the next day, hopes were high that deer activity would be increasing throughout the evening.  Jeff’s guide situated

Schaffer Dane Whitetails

Most serious deer hunters will agree that a small percentage of “luck” has to be on your side in order to bag a trophy buck. Schaffer Dane may have been the luckiest deer hunter in camp this week. With unseasonably warm weather for November, Schaffer’s first few days in camp were met with relatively slow


Nic Schaalma Buck

November 24th, 2015

On the first morning of Nic Schaalma’s hunt at Heartland Lodge, veteran guide Mark Hively situated Nic in a tree stand in the downwind corner of a secluded, thick, brushy field. Nic’s morning started slowly until around 9:00, when a 2 ½ yr old 9 point came in on the downwind side of the thicket


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


Nowadays, just about everyone is using trail cameras for hunting, but the real question is, “Are you getting your money’s worth out of your camera and using it to its full potential?” Most hunters dust the camera off about mid-August to early September, s

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