General Hunting Blog

Summertime Scouting Update

July 17th, 2017

If you’re like me and you’re not too fond of this summer heat.. your mind starts to wonder to the frost ridden mornings of November. You count the days and weeks left until the bow opener and you start coming up with a game plan for the upcoming season. Maybe you already have a buck

Where To Find Summer Bucks

July 20th, 2017

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. Mature bucks this time of year tend to seek out open hardwood canopies adjacent to high quality summertime forages such as soybeans or

Late Season Gobblers

May 1st, 2017

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

Now is the time to reserve your 2017 whitetail hunt. Most of all our dates sell out so don’t wait to book your hunt. If you are looking for a whitetail deer hunting trip with a Pike County Illinois outfitter we want you to hunt with us.  We specialize in archery deer hunts along with gun hunts.

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

Numerous factors lead to when a buck sheds its antlers. Stress related to weather is one of them. This year, here in West-Central Illinois, we’ve hardly had any snow, and other than a few short days of extreme cold, this winter has been pretty mild. Over the last week, I’ve check numerous cameras and glassed

Basics of Coyote Calling

January 20th, 2017

Now’s a great time to get out and do some coyote hunting. Getting access to coyote hunting ground is relatively easy and provides a great way to spend time with friends and family. Here are some basic tips to get you started. Wind Coyotes tend to come in downwind, or at least try to circle

Cabin fever starts to set in this time of year and nothing seems to cure it better than shed hunting. I would say approximately 20-30% of bucks in the Pike/Calhoun area have dropped at least one side with a few that have already shed both antlers. But don’t rush, if your limited to small acreages

Ask any hunter about their favorite treestand location, whether they refer to it as their “A” stand, honey hole, assassin, slaughter knob, ect, there’s a special place in every whitetail hunters head that they daydream about year around. Waiting for that special week or even day they can slip into their “A” stand knowing that

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