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Hunting October whitetails in illinois is always a great time

If you are interested in getting in a last minute whitetail hunt we still have a few spots remaining for our archery and firearm hunts here in Pike County, Illinois! Archery tags are available over the counter and we should still be able to get you firearm tag! Pictured below is a 176″ giant buck

Take advantage of some incredible upland hunting at a great price! Experience the same hunt at a much lower price.  Everything is the same; great guides, awesome dog work, wonderful lodging and incredible meals. Come experience our Orvis & Shooting Sportsman endorsed wingshooting lodge!  CLICK TO CALL  RESERVE NOW   December Dates & Rates: (Dec

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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!

Well it’s getting to be that time of the year once again when we begin to think about the upcoming hunting seasons. Whether you enjoy Upland Bird Hunting, Waterfowl Hunting or Deer Hunting our lodge offers just about the best that you will find. Three b

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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

Premier Pheasant hunting outfitter in illinois

You hear the phrase “Premier Pheasant Hunting Outfitter”, but really what does that mean? More importantly, what makes a Lodge a Premier Pheasant Hunting Outfitter? Premier Pheasant Hunting Outfitter- What it Takes The first thing has to be pheasants. Sounds so simple, but it is a little more complex than it would seem at first

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

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

Shot sizes & loads for pheasants and quail

An In Depth Look at Shot Sizes, Loads & Chokes for Pheasant & Quail Hunting A good deal of my experience comes from 55+ years of hunting quail and pheasants, mostly in Illinois, but more recently in other states and involving other species. Reloading experience comes from shooting skeet since 1985 and loading many 100’s

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