General Hunting Blog

January 25th, 2021 – Illinois Pheasant and Quail Hunting Report –  The next two months are a perfect time to enjoy a pheasant and quail hunt at the lodge!  SEE OUR  UPLAND HUNTING PROMOTIONS BELOW.  Enjoying the outdoors with an pheasant and quail hunt is the perfect social distancing activity! We have limited availability, give

Snow goose hunting in illinois with outfitter

December 8th, 2020- Illinois Snow Goose and Upland Hunting Report- Brand new snow goose pits are in! 28ft of comfort and plenty of room for each snow goose hunter! It looks to be a great snow goose season in 2021. Spring hatches were good and numbers are up! Our upland season is the best we

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Win a 3-night, 2-day Upland Hunt for two hunters! A $4,000 value! To register, all you have to do is enter your name and e-mail on the Upland Hunt Giveaway Link option (Click the link to enter your name & email the Giveaway), and that’s it!!! We give away a free Upland Hunt every year!

Still have to play Santa and need a good idea? A gift certificate for a 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 forget and will sure to be used.

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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.

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