March Upland Hunting Update

Gently rolling topography on one of our upland farms Our upland hunts continue to be very productive as we enter the tail-end of the season here at the lodge (hunts available through April 15th). By now, the milo strips and weedy cover are a bit knocked down due to high winds, snow accumulation and deer browsing through the strips. However, on the back of the lodge properties, and other sections of our farms there is still ample amounts of quality cover that holds birds. Many of our hunts are taking place in these areas as the thick, woody vegetation offers protection from predators. Although some see it as a disadvantage, for pheasant and quail hunters, small pockets of isolated habitat can congregate birds and lead to big coveys and absolute phenomenal wingshooting. You can also enjoy the milder temperatures during this time of the season with no bugs, ticks or snakes to worry about!

Preparing for Fall 2024..

As the spring green up begins, we start prepping for the spring planting season. In early April (weather depending) we’ll start to turn our plots over, conduct controlled burns, fertilize our corn and milo plots and prepare to plant. We are adding additional farms this year for our upland hunts as well to help boost the number of wild coveys our hunters have access to. We also plan on enhancing several acres of edge habitat to help hold more quail and pheasants on our upland farms.

Pheasant hunting fire burning

Our fall upland seasons start September 1st! We have quite the busy schedule for the fall of 2024 already with several of our hunters rebooking. If you are interested in booking a hunt with us this March-April or this fall, give us a call today at 217-734-2526 or send us an E-mail @

If you have any wildfowl leftover in your freezer from this past season, check out this amazing Deep South Buffalo Fried Quail or Pheasant Recipe!

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Last Updated: February 29th, 2024

2 thoughts on “March Upland Hunting Update

  1. Just returned home today from an amazing 3 night 2day pheasant and quail hunt. EXCELLENT!!! Great food, great accommodations, great hunting, and great people. Can’t wait to go back. Thank you Heartland Lodge.

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