Whitetail Deer Hunting

Now is the time to reserve your 2018 whitetail hunt. Most all of our peak dates sell out so don’t wait to book for 2018. Reserve your 2018 hunt now and we will honor the prices below. (Limited time only.) If you are looking for a free range whitetail deer hunting trip with a Pike County

Want to find more sheds? Here are 7 quick tips to help you find more antlers.. Find the food. Food is the name of the game in finding sheds. If you don’t have a quality late season food source you probably won’t find many sheds. Standing beans or corn will always draw deer but standing

Finding the Other Side

January 29th, 2018

  Finding a match set can be a difficult task to say the least. Bucks can be one sided for multiple days allowing them to drop them literally miles apart. However the majority of bucks, if left undisturbed will stay within a distinguished late season pattern as long as cover and a quality food source

Whitetail Hunt Giveaway!!

January 11th, 2018

Win a 5 night, 4 day October 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 type “Whitetail Giveaway” and TAG A BUDDY that you would bring with you on the

The Drawing Power of a Thicket

January 26th, 2018

Food plots have taken all the luster of todays whitetail hunting era. Food plots undoubtedly help in attracting and holding deer, but few people realize the potential a small thicket can create for a great treestand location. The cover and food that a thicket creates will hold and attract mature whitetails season after season. The

Cabin fever starts to set in this time of year and nothing seems to cure it better than shed hunting. I would say approximately 20-30% of bucks in the Pike/Calhoun area have dropped at least one side with a few that have already shed both antlers. But don’t rush, if your limited to small acreages

As deer season winds down, we begin to look ahead to the next season…shed season! So, what’s a hard winter mean for shed hunters? Compared to last year’s extremely mild winter with several days of above average temperatures and hardly any snow in West Central Illinois, so far, this year has been a little different.

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

Halloween Deer Hunting Forecast

October 27th, 2017

The weather forecast for the last week of October and into the first of November is looking like phenomenal deer hunting conditions here in Pike County, Illinois. With the highs hovering around the mid 50’s and lows in the 30’s, deer movement should be great. Rub and scrape activity will be reaching peak levels within

Hunting during Mid-October can be challenging, yet rewarding. Deer movement seems to be idle at best. Many whitetail hunters refer to this time of year as the “October Lull”. But did you know, numerous studies have shown that mature buck daytime movement steadily increases during this time of year? Mid-October is a time of great