Whitetail Deer Hunting

Numerous factors lead to when a buck sheds its antlers. Stress related to weather is one of them. This year, here in West-Central Illinois, we’ve hardly had any snow, and other than a few short days of extreme cold, this winter has been pretty mild. Over the last week, I’ve check numerous cameras and glassed

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

Now is the time to reserve your 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 gun hunts.

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

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. Book your 2017 hunt now and receive 2016 prices! If you are looking for a whitetail deer hunting trip with a Pike County Illinois outfitter we want you to hunt with

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

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

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

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