Whitetail Deer Hunting

Opening week archery hunting

*Cancellation Hunt Dates Available! E-mail Zach@HeartlandLodge.com or call 217-982-4039 for special pricing!! These spots will not last long!” * Book your 2023 whitetail hunt today! Most all of our peak dates sell out so don’t wait to reserve your whitetail hunt! We are celebrating our 28th anniversary in 2023 and we would enjoy having you celebrate

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 increasing. At the lodge, after several months of trail camera scouting, food plot preparation, and fine tuning our treestand set ups, we get

Pre rut deer hunting in illinois

Pre-Rut Whitetail Hunting Using Calls & Deer Decoys Hunting whitetails during the pre-rut can be a great time to get a shot at a mature deer. Cupple the right weather conditions, trail-camera scrape monitoring, a good food source, and you have all the right ingredients for a high-quality pre-rut hunt. Hunting Scrapes Monitoring social scrapes

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!!! Heartland Lodge owns and leases thousands of acres of some of the best whitetail hunting

Crossbow Deer Hunting in Illinois Laws 2023 Crossbow whitetail hunting in Illinois is legal throughout the entire archery season regardless of age or physical ability. What affect will this have on the deer population and hunting in the state? We’ll touch on that in a moment but for now let’s look at the pros and

gun hunting the post rut

Hunting the peak of the rut in Pike County, Illinois is at the top of most die-hard bowhunters wish-list! With a high deer density, good buck to doe ratio and sheer number of trophy whitetails throughout the region, you never know what size of buck could be following a doe! It’s not unusual for mature

Illinois Firearm Season Buck

Rifle Hunting in Illinois Deer Hunting Laws Whitetail hunters across the state of Illinois will soon be able to use rifles for deer hunting (**starting the fall of 2023**). The new rifle hunting laws in Illinois allow for a “single” shot or a rifle with the ability to only hold one shell and no other

Illinois Firearm Season Buck

Best Whitetail Outfitters and Hunts Heartland Lodge Whitetail Outfitters is regarded as one of the best deer hunts available not only in Illinois but throughout the country. What does it take to be ranked among the best whitetail hunting outfitters? We’re located in famed Pike County, Illinois- Historically one of the highest producing counties for

shed hunting tips and tactics, where to look

February 14th, 2023- Illinois Shed Hunting Update: We’re in the middle of shed season here in West Central Illinois. Valentine’s Day is known to be when the majority of shed hunters really start to put the miles on the ground here in Illinois. With little snow accumulation and mild temperatures the last few weeks, many

First doe harvested with archery equipment

Over the last 25+ years of whitetail outfitting many things have changed in the whitetail hunting world, one thing has stayed the same: hunters love to eat venison. At the lodge we have seen more and more interest in harvesting does for meat to bring home, whether it be for the holiday tradition or for

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