Illinois Pheasant Hunting

October 2, 2018- Pheasant Hunting in Illinois Report- Pheasant numbers continue to hold strong across our pheasant hunting properties. Ample rainfall this summer has promoted optimal cover habitat and has our corn and milo food plots looking great as we begin our pheasant season. We have seen several wild pheasants this year while putting in our corn and milo food plots. We expect to see another great year of pheasant hunts here in Pike County, Illinois! Pheasants and Double Gun

Hunting pheasants in Illinois, especially at Heartland Lodge, has been a tradition that goes back many years. The native prairie grasses that surround the lodges is ideal habitat for pheasants. With the introduction of food plots and additional cover, pheasants flourished on Heartland’s property.

Heartland’s owner, Gary Harpole, hunted pheasants in the fields that surround Heartland Lodge long before the lodges were built. These farms were full of overgrown fence rows, native grasses and grain fields. The traditional pheasant hunt began with Gary and his favorite dog Bo, walking out his back door to the pheasant fields.  Pheasant hunting began at daybreak and continued until dark, walking along fence rows, watching Bo lock up and anticipating the wild rooster flush. Many fond hunting memories were made this way, created with family and friends, and passed down to future generations of pheasant hunters.

These same traditions continue on at Heartland Lodge. The Lodge Farm is still one of the favorites of our guests. This farm and the other farms we hunt still have the old fence rows, native grasses, and a mixture of food plots and grain fields. This prime habitat ensures that pheasants are scattered across all of our properties.

Come step back in time with us and continue the tradition of pheasant hunting that started here many years ago. We invite you to share and create your own memories along with starting a new tradition of pheasant hunting with friends and family at Heartland Lodge.

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