General Hunting Blog

Opening week archery hunting

****September 23, 2021- “CANCELLATION HUNT SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR LATE OCTOBER!! (Oct. 24th-28th, 6 night/ 5 day hunt) Email or call 217-982-4039 for special pricing!! These spots will not last long!”**** Now is the time to reserve your 2021 whitetail hunt. Most all of our peak dates sell out so don’t wait to reserve your whitetail

Win a 5 night, 4 day November whitetail hunt for two hunters! A $5,000 value! To register all you have to do is enter your e-mail on the Whitetail Hunt Giveaway (Click link to enter email & giveaway) option, and that’s it!!! We giveaway a free whitetail hunt every year! A hunter will be drawn

What better way to spend a hot summertime evening than cruising the countryside looking for big velvet whitetails? Grab a cold glass of sweet-tea, optics and camera and hit the road! Find Your Target Buck Now This time frame of the summer is an often overlooked phase of scouting for mature bucks. Bachelor groups of

early season bowhunting whitetail hunting in illinois

There’s something magical about bowhunting October in Pike County, Illinois. The leaves are a brilliant array of different colors, overall deer movement is generally very good, and mature buck daytime movement is starting to increase. At the lodge, after several months of trail camera scouting, food plot preparation, and fine tuning our treestand set ups,

hunting honeymoon

Still have to play Santa and need a good idea for the hunter in your family? A gift certificate for a whitetail 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 fo

shed hunting tips and tactics, where to look

The 2021 shed hunting season is kicking off in Illinois! We have just a handful of bucks across our properties in Pike and Calhoun Counties that have shed one side and have only seen a handful that have already shed both sides. Over the next several weeks, bucks will begin shedding in our area. With

Well it’s getting to be that time of the year once again when we begin to think about the upcoming hunting seasons. Whether you enjoy Upland Bird Hunting, Waterfowl Hunting or Deer Hunting our lodge offers just about the best that you will find. Three b

Wild pheasants crossing the road in Pike County, Illinois

By Chris Larsen

Pheasant hunting is a great way to get introduced to bird hunting. You don’t need a lot of equipment and although the finer points may take years to learn, it doesn’t take much to grasp a basic understanding of how to hunt pheasants.

bringing your own dog to an orvis lodge

Wingshooting is one of the most time-honored traditions, linking like-minded people from coast to coast together by fine pointing dogs and fine guns. Since the birth of the United States, the chase of upland game was done for necessity, sport, and excitement. Hunting preserves, like the Orvis, endorsed Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, seek to keep these

pheasant hunting tactics

Do you have fond memories of hunting birds when you were younger or you would like to try bird hunting but don’t have a bird dog? What to do? Have you ever thought of guided bird hunts? The Guided Bird Hunt Experience Too often people think that as they don’t have a bird dog, that