General Hunting Blog

The season is getting closer and you now realize that with only one more flip of the page the calendar will reveal the opening day of Illinois deer season. Some of you are wondering where you are going to be sitting on opening day, and some already know.

Long bearded thunder chickens

August 28th, 2011

Even though whitetail season is just around the corner, trail camera pictures of giant long beards in food plots and scratching old acorns in the timber remind us of the great 2011 spring season. The idea of busting a good one in the spring of 2012 linger

What’s Your Stand On Stands?

August 25th, 2011


Hanging stands, climbing stands, ladder stands, homemade stands, shooting towers, ground blinds, or just an old bucket against a mighty oak? With so many options, what’s a hunter to do? This is the time of year we need to f

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 documen

Hunt with Sitka

August 1st, 2011

Come hunt with Sitka

For the Second year we will be doing a hunt with Jeff Sposito from Sitka. Jeff will be bringing along some of the amazing Sitka hunting gear for hunters to try out in the field. Also we will be giving away gear and prizes during t

Hot Summer Whitetails

July 29th, 2011

It sure has been hot here in Illinois lately! I really enjoy watching whitetails during the summer. Just the other night I spent the evening driving around Harpole’s Heartland Lodge and the surrounding Pike County area spotting whitetails with my son. We

Here it is the middle of July; temperatures are in the 90’s and 100’s over much of the country. Most folks are not thinking about a crisp fall day out in the field hunting pheasants and quail behind really great bird dogs. I think about this year round


July 6th, 2011

I am ready to do some whitetail hunting here at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge! I took advantage of the holiday weekend to see how the deer herd was doing, and let me tell you, it’s doing very well. I spent a lot of time in the truck and on the 4 wheeler scout

Independence Day is almost here, and there is no better place to celebrate than Heartland Lodge. From atop P Ridge one can see three separate towns’ firework shows. Aside from celebrating freedom on the fourth, July will have our whitetail division on t

It’s a feeling that no hunter wants to have but anyone that has hunted for any period of time has had that sickening feeling in the stomach. With no deer at the end of a blood trail and after hours of searching timber you have nothing to show for it but