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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

Pheasant hunting in March in Illinois

What weather we are having. This has been one of the mildest winters that I can recall. Most folks agree that we have really been spoiled by Mother Nature this year. Our Upland Hunting at Heartland continues to be very productive and we will continue w

August 31, 2021 – Illinois Pheasant and Quail Hunting Report –   ” SEE OUR  UPLAND HUNTING PROMOTIONS BELOW.  Enjoying the outdoors with an pheasant and quail hunt is the perfect social distancing activity! We have limited availability, give us a call today for more information at 217-734-2526. Don’t miss out on a once in a

Snow goose hunting in illinois with outfitter

February 23rd, 2021- Illinois Snow Goose and Upland Hunting Report- Brand new snow goose pits are in! 28ft of comfort and plenty of room for each snow goose hunter! It looks to be a great snow goose season in 2021. Spring hatches were good and numbers are up! Our upland season is the best we

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Win a 3-night, 2-day Snow Goose/ Upland Combo Hunt for two hunters! A $4,000 value! To register, all you have to do is enter your name and e-mail on the Combo Hunt Giveaway Link option (Click the link to enter your name & email the Giveaway), and that’s it!!! You’ll enjoy 5-Star Lodging and home-cooked

Still have to play Santa and need a good idea? A gift certificate for a 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 forget and will sure to be used.

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Hunting turkeys during the late season brings on 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 buffalo gnats, hunting the end of the season has its advantages. Use the Foliage to Your Advantage

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

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