Allen’s August Blog-Get Ready


It’s August, the trail cameras are out, and the day we’ve all been dreaming about is less than two months away.  It’s time to start preparing for the 2011 hunting season.  The first step to getting ready for any hunt is to make sure all your legal documentation is taken care of.  Gun tag applications for Illinois’ second lottery should be submitted no later than August 15th.  After that the tags that remain will be given out via random daily drawings.  Archery tags are now available online.

The next step to making sure you are prepared for you hunt is to thoroughly check your equipment.  I’ve talked about this in previous blogs, but if you haven’t already, now is the time to shoot your bow and sight in your guns.  The hunt of a lifetime can quickly turn into a nightmare when shots miss their targets.  All the preparation in the world can’t eliminate the possibility, but we should do all we can to minimize it in order to be fair to ourselves and the game we chase.

When all the preliminaries are taken care of it’s time to see what’s out there.  Here at Heartland, our guides are hard at work scouting this year’s crop of trophy bucks.  We are all looking forward to seeing old faces on our trail cams, as well as new deer that have developed beyond our 130” B&C minimum.  It’s still early, but while we wait for our cameras to capture plenty of pictures we’ve been glassing the areas around the lodge and our leases.  In the past month we have seen huge increases in antler development from deer we have been watching since antlers began growing back.  I personally have seen quite a few deer in the 140”-150” range, and one main frame 10 point pushing 170” just driving around P Ridge in my truck. 

We’ll continue to do our part to find the trophy deer on our farms as you prepare yourselves for the hunting season and scout your own hunting ground.  If you haven’t already, join us on Facebook so we can keep you updated on what’s going on around the lodge.  Stay tuned for the first round on trail pictures, as they will be coming soon.  Also, if you have not booked a hunt with us for this fall, and would like information on our packages please feel free to call.  We have a few spots still available, and would love to have you join us in camp!


Allen Ballinger

Assistant Whitetail Manager

Ph: (256) 996-3176  

Last Updated: August 3rd, 2011

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