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SCROLL DOWN TO SEE ALL SCOUTING PHOTOS!  The bucks are off to a good start here in Pike County, Illinois as the summer days grow longer and hotter.  Sign up for our Whitetail emails to be the FIRST to receive latest scouting & trail cam photos, hunting tips, dates and discounted hunts! For availability and

Now is the time to reserve your 2018 whitetail hunt. Most all of our peak dates sell out so don’t wait to book for 2018. Reserve your 2019 hunt now and we will honor the prices below. (Limited time only) If you are looking for a free range whitetail deer hunting trip with a Pike County

Before you know it this summer heat will be a distant memory and the chill of fall will be upon us! The leaves changing and birds migrating south will be clear indications that waterfowl season is here! Now is the best time to start planning for the fall season and booking a trip to the

Bowhunting Illinois Outfitters – Pike County, IL We are a specialized bowhunting outfitter located in Pike County, Illinois. At Heartland Lodge, we take bowhunting very seriously. All of our guides are accomplished bowhunters and know how to put you in a position to have a great bowhunting experience. Bowhunting without a doubt is an art,

What better way to spend a hot summertime evening than cruising the countryside looking for big velvet toting bucks? In particular the buck you could possibly get a shot at this fall. Now is an often overlooked time to get a good idea of what bucks are in your area. Mature bucks this time of

Best Whitetail Outfitters and Hunts Heartland Lodge Whitetail Outfitters is regarded as one of the best deer hunts available throughout the nation. What’s it take to be ranked among the best whitetail hunting outfitters? We’re located in famed Pike County, Illinois- Historically one of the highest producing counties for trophy whitetails. You can’t harvest big

By Chris Larsen

Pheasant hunting is a great way to get introduced to bird hunting. You don’t need a lot of equipment and although the finer points may take years to learn, it doesn’t take much to grasp a basic understanding of how to hunt pheasants.

Now it is late summer and it seems like a long time until the fall chill moves in drawing our thoughts to hunting. However, in a few short months it will be time to hunt. At Heartland Lodge we are well aware of what our mission is during this short time

Hunting turkeys during the late season brings a whole new set of challenges. Pressured birds, insects, and foliage can make hunting turkeys in the late season tough. If you can get passed the swarms of mosquitoes and gnats, hunting the end of the season has its advantages. Use the Foliage to Your Advantage Hunting the

I am often asked what size shot hunters need when hunting quail and pheasants.
The first thing I need to know is what gauge of shotgun you are using. 
If you are using a 12 gauge or 20 gauge I would use 7 ½ shot.