Pheasant & Quail Hunting

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

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

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

Orvis endorsed upland hunting at heartland lodge

One of the biggest differences from Heartland Lodge and other upland hunting outfitters & lodges is our luxury accommodation options and amazing home-cooked meals! There are many upland hunting preserves and upland hunting outfitters. Some of them have good birds and dog work. But how many have the option for 5 Star Accommodations and a

bringing your own dog to an orvis lodge

Sometimes the last time we headed out across the prairie behind the dogs in the early morning sunlight in search for coveyed-up quail or cock pheasant on the edge of the field has been just too long ago. Maybe it was last weekend, last month, or even many seasons ago. No matter the time frame,

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

I am often asked what size shot hunters need when hunting quail and pheasants.
The first thing I need to know is what gauge of shotgun you are using. 
If you are using a 12 gauge or 20 gauge I would use 7 ½ shot.

Gearing Up For Pheasant Hunting

One of the best parts of pheasant hunting is it’s simplicity. There are no decoys or calling. Pheasant hunting is all about the hunter and his or her quarry matching wits. Sometimes the hunter is successful, sometimes the birds win.

Now it is late summer and it seems like a long time until the fall chill moves in drawing our thoughts to hunting. However, in a few short months it will be time to hunt. At Heartland Lodge we are well aware of what our mission is during this short time

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