Illinois Quail Hunting

January 6, 2019- Illinois Wild Quail Hunting Report- As our quail season progresses, our corn and milo food plots will continue to provide enough food and cover to last until spring. We’ve already had some great action-packed, fast flying quail hunts and look forward to what the rest of the season holds!Hunting wild quail in pike county Illinois

Hunting wild quail in Illinois, especially in Pike County, has been a tradition that goes back to when settlers first arrived to the area. The native prairie grasses of Illinois are ideal habitat for coveys of wild quail. With the introduction of farming and fence rows providing extra cover, quail flourish in Illinois.

Heartland’s owner, Gary Harpole, grew up hunting quail in these fields at places like “Uncle Lyle’s farm.” These farms were full of overgrown fence rows, grasses and grain fields. Many hunting traditions were created during this time in the Harpole family. The traditional quail hunt began with stopping by the small town grocery store and picking up a loaf of bread, a pound of bologna, and can of soda for lunch. Quail hunting began at daybreak and continued until dark, walking along fence rows, watching pointing dogs lock up, anticipating the wild flush. Many fond hunting memories were made this way, created with family and friends, and passed down to future generations of quail hunters.

wild quail in pike county illinoisThese same traditions (besides the bologna) continue on at Heartland Lodge. Many of the farms we hunt are just like “Uncle Lyle’s farm” The farms still have the old fence rows, native grasses, and a mixture of food plots and grain fields. This prime habitat ensures that coveys of wild quail are scattered across all of our properties.

Come step back in time with us and continue the tradition of Quail 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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