Guided Youth Turkey Hunts

Youth hunter holding up her first gobbler! May 6th, 2024, Youth Turkey Hunting Lodge Update– “Congrats to our young youth hunter, Sage, on her first gobbler! (pictured on the right) We had another great year of guided youth turkey hunts. We take a limited amount of youth hunts to ensure a high quality and memorable hunt! If you are interested in an all-inclusive guided youth hunt for the 2025 spring season, please E-Mail or call 217-734-2526 today!

Youth turkey hunts are a favorite among all the turkey guides and the entire staff at Heartland Lodge. Seeing the next generation get involved in turkey hunting is something we all enjoy.  The smile on their faces tells the entire story. Our spring youth turkey hunts are normally very successful and a great way to get youth hunters involved in hunting.

A good way to start out a youth turkey hunting, is with an experienced guide. Most guides gain more knowledge in one year of guiding turkey hunts than a hunter will achieve in five years on his own.  All of our turkey guides enjoy teaching others how to become a better turkey hunter. Using a guide your first year or two will save you many years of mistakes and possible frustration.

When taking youth hunters out for the first time, we like to have them hunt out of ground blinds.  This gives the youth hunter, parent, and guide plenty of room.  It also allows the youth hunter a little more movement when waiting for that gobbler.

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A Youth Turkey Hunting Tradition

Your stay with us is more than a turkey hunt. It’s part of a strong hunting tradition that started back when Heartland’s owner, Gary Harpole, was a child. Each year, new traditions and memories are being created by our guests. The most cherished memories are not the game we harvested, but the memories created from time spent with family and friends. That is what hunting at Heartland Lodge is all about, creating legacy memories that you will always cherish. Read Gary’s Personal Story Here >>