General Hunting Blog

Our good friend Ron Way from Arizona harvested this buck of a life time on the last morning of his hunt. This main frame 10 with a small kicker off the left sides scores 192″!! Ron and his guide Matt “Yankee” Brunet stayed focused on this brusier knowing

This would be my 3rd trip to Heartland Lodge and I’ve anticipated coming for the whole year as I have seen in the two previous times a B & C buck each year. Never close enough for a shot but just seeing one was enough to get me to come back. The first n

Brad Doughty took this very mature buck (7yrs old) on the last morning of his whitetail archery hunt. Brad had been seeing shooters every day in the tree stand but just could not connect on one. He sat in the stand all day, ever day maximizing his opportu

Our new friend John Morris shot this nice 140″ 10pt on the first morning of his hunt. John captured the whitetail hunt on film. He is filming for his tv show Backroad Outdoors! John and his father Bill had a incredible week full of memories that will last

Our good friend Bart Leswick takes another nice buck at Heartland. Bart has hunted whitetails at Heartland the past four years in a row. He has killed two nice bucks and has missed two. Bart enjoys hunting whitetail here in Illinois during the first week

Bobby took this nice 9pt on the last day of his hunt. Congratulations Bobby!

Kirk Scribner took this monter whitetail during Illinois archery season in mid October. This mature whitetail weighed over 280lb pounds and scored 157″ as a 9 point! Congratulations Kirk on an awesome buck!!

Our good friend Ed Taylor from New Mexico harvested this nice buck. Ed shot him on October 25th and recovered him the morning of the 26th. After a bad shot the deer only went about a 100yrds and bedded down. It pays not to put any pressure on a deer after

This year my dad and I decided to come to Pike County and try our luck at an Illinois whitetail. We booked a hunt the last week of October with The Heartland Lodge and we couldn’t wait to get here. As we arrived, so did the unseasonable warm weather.

Yesterday, Saturday was a beautiful fall day at Heartland Lodge. The trees are turning their orange, maroons and yellows as they always do, I never get tired of seeing this happen. It’s always a special time of year as we witness the winding down of sum