General Hunting Blog

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

Our new friend Dwayne Martin use a drag rag to bring this awesome whitetail to within bow range! Congratulations Dwayne!

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!!

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.

The deer hunting season is well underway here at Heartland Lodge. Despite heat and high winds, shooter deer opportunities have been numerous. The less than ideal weather conditions have reminded us to pay close attention to the little things that are fu


October 5th, 2011


Opening day has finally come and hunters have made their way into camp. It’s always an exciting time of year for both hunters and guides. It didn’t take long for everyone to be smiling and telling stories about previous seasons

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

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

Well here it is the start of the official fall season. Our thoughts are turning to getting out in the field and enjoying the beautiful weather and the chance to harvest a monster buck or to get involved with some water fowl or upland bird hunting. In m

The common archery hunter practices three to four nights a week shooting 20 and 30 yard distances. Practicing these ranges night after night can make you feel comfortable in making a good clean shot at 30yrds. However, have you ever had a big shooter buc