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Quail Hunting in IL

We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary this hunting season! Take advantage of some incredible upland hunting this fall at a limited time promotional price! Everything is the same; great guides, awesome dog work, luxury lodging and home cooked meals. Experience our Orvis & Shooting Sportsman endorsed wingshooting lodge this Fall  CLICK TO CALL  RESERVE NOW

Gearing Up For Pheasant Hunting

One of the best parts of pheasant hunting is it’s simplicity. There are no decoys or calling. Pheasant hunting is all about the hunter and his or her quarry matching wits. Sometimes the hunter is successful, sometimes the birds win.

Snow goose hunting in illinois with outfitter

Enjoy some fast action on a snow goose and upland combo hunt!  There are NO LIMITS, NO PLUGS, massive decoy spreads, comfortable blinds, hot breakfast and professional guides. You will enjoy hunting over agriculture fields that are looking great for this snow goose season! The best time to hunt snow geese is late February to early

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.

Guided Bird Hunts at Heartland Lodge

It’s that time of the year again when the days in the field turn to memories of last year’s hunts.  But it is also the most important time of the year, time to start preparing for a good breeding season and making the changes in habitat to better service your bird population.  Be sure to

Hunting turkeys during the late season brings on 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 buffalo gnats, hunting the end of the season has its advantages. Use the Foliage to Your Advantage

Whether you’ve been hunting the same farm for multiple years or it’s your first go around on the property, now is a great time to fine tune multiple ambush set ups for the upcoming turkey season. The goal is to have several pre-determined set up locations where you have a good vantage point for yourself

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An upland/ turkey combo hunt is the perfect way to spend a spring day at Heartland Lodge! In the mornings enjoy hunting wild Eastern turkeys in the beautiful rolling hardwoods of Southern Pike and Northern Calhoun Counties where an abundance of turkeys can be hunted. After a hearty, home-cooked lunch prepared by our chef, head

Trail cameras are a great aid for scouting your next turkey hunt.  Here’s a few ideas for fine tuning your trail camera set up for turkeys. Camera placement for turkeys should focus on a few different places.. Strut Zones Roosting Areas Food Sources Fence Crossings Trail Camera Placement for Turkeys #1-   Strut Zone Strut