Whitetail Deer Hunting

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Now is the time to reserve your 2016 or 2017 Whitetail hunt. Most of all our dates sell out so don’t wait to book your hunt. If you are looking for a whitetail deer hunting trip with a Pike County Illinois outfitter we want you to hunt with us.  We specialize in archery deer hunts along with

Glassing Summer Bucks

If you enjoy watching monster velvet toting bucks in the summertime, Pike County, Illinois might just be the top destination throughout the Midwest! We have had a good growing season here in Pike County, the bucks are off to a good start! The pictures below were taken in June & July of this year, things are

Pike County, Il Shed Hunting

The 2016 shed season simply put was awesome! Together the Heartland team found well over 100 antlers on our farms. This upcoming season is looking to be one of the best we’ve had in years. Many good bucks made it through the mild winter we experienced here in West central Illinois. Here are a few

194" 19 Pointer

Mark Spillane was lucky enough to get the opportunity at a buck of a lifetime this week and was able to seal the deal with a 194 inch buck known as Jackpot. Whitetail manager Matt Brunet had been chasing the buck for two years, and was finally able to close in on the brute. Last

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Ask any veteran whitetail hunter about the biggest buck they’ve ever seen and there response will probably be a very captivating, animated story. Stories that usually begin with; it was just breaking light on a foggy morning…it was spitting snow and ice on a cold November day… I had been hunting the swamp buck for

It’s turkey time! Time to start getting ready for turkey season. If you would like to hunt with us this coming spring, now is the final chance to get your turkey tag. March 9th is the deadline for the final Illinois turkey tag lottery.  If you have not booked a hunt for the 2016 spring

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We have some prime weeks still available for our 2016 spring turkey season. Come hunt big Eastern Long Beards where their thundering gobbles echo throughout the beautiful rolling terrain of Pike and Calhoun Counties. Deer hunters seen numerous turkeys this past fall, and with a mild winter thus far, turkey numbers should be great this

Brian's Illinois Whitetail Buck

My journey to Harpole’s Heartland Lodge (HHL) began some two and a half years before I set out from my home in Denver, Colorado this November to join my friend, former college roommate, and fraternity brother (some 20 years ago) at his beautiful hunting lodge in central Illinois.  In early 2013, I stepped through the

Illinois late seson muzzleloader buck

It was the second evening of Jeff Mohney’s late muzzleloader hunt at the Heartland Lodge, the weather was near record highs for mid-December and deer movement had been relatively slow. With a major cold front moving through the next day, hopes were high that deer activity would be increasing throughout the evening.  Jeff’s guide situated

Schaffer Dane Whitetails

Most serious deer hunters will agree that a small percentage of “luck” has to be on your side in order to bag a trophy buck. Schaffer Dane may have been the luckiest deer hunter in camp this week. With unseasonably warm weather for November, Schaffer’s first few days in camp were met with relatively slow