Upland Bird Hunting in Illinois
Enjoy upland bird hunting at Heartland Lodge. We have the best wild quail hunting and pheasant hunting in Illinois! Hunt for native bobwhite quail and pheasant behind some of the best hunting dogs in the country. Our German Shorthair Pointers and English Pointers are second to none. An abundance of native prairie grasses mixed with fields of milo present the ideal habitat for upland bird hunting. No need for you to work the dogs, carry the birds, and dress the game on our guided hunts. At Heartland Lodge, you’ll have the assistance of our friendly bird hunting guides. This Orvis-endorsed wing shooting operation is one of the finest in the country and the only Illinois hunting lodge endorsed by Orvis.
Wing shooting at Heartland is a favorite among hunters visiting the lodge. This area has a long tradition of wild quail hunting and pheasant hunting, along with quality bird dogs. You will enjoy three hearty home-cooked meals every day. After the hunt, relax next to the large stone fireplace in our Great Room or enjoy a game of pool. The relaxation of the lodge is something you will look forward to after a full day of hunting.
A Hunting Tradition
Some of our upland hunters prefer just to pheasant hunt. Our pheasant hunts are the best you will find. Even though all of our fields have both pheasants and quail, some areas hold mostly pheasants. Hunting pheasants behind our pointing dogs can be an exciting experience! Pheasant hunting in South Dakota is mostly done with flushing dogs and blockers. In Illinois, we hunt behind pointing dogs along fence rows, food plots, and prairie grasses. We mow flushing strips so the wild pheasants are forced to flush or hold for the dogs.
Go to our Pheasant Hunting in Illinois page for more details.
Some of our upland hunters prefer just to quail hunt. Our quail hunts are the best you will find. Even though all of our fields have both quail and pheasants, some areas hold mostly quail. Wild quail hunting is a tradition that was established over 30 years ago when Heartland’s owner began hunting wild quail as a young boy. You will enjoy watching coveys of quail flush along fence rows, food plots, and prairie grasses. Hunting quail at Heartland is like stepping back in time and hunting “Uncle Lyle’s” farm as you did as a kid.
Go to our Quail Hunting in Illinois page for more details.
Most of our upland hunters prefer to hunt both pheasant and quail. Our combination quail and pheasant hunts are the best you will find. Hunting pheasants and quail together can be an exciting experience. Each time the dog goes on point, you don’t know if a covey of quail is going to flush or a rooster pheasant. Sometimes you have both quail and pheasants flush!
Our guided upland hunts are made up of 2-4 bird hunters. We hunt in native prairie grasses, milo, and cornfields. Most of our hunting is done walking. Breaks are taken during the hunt to water dogs and give the hunters a rest. Please let us know the pace you enjoy bird hunting. We have fast and slow working dogs. Our guided upland hunts are designed to accommodate your style.
Four-Night, Three-Day Upland Bird Hunting Package – Arrive the day before your hunt between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hunt for three days and depart after breakfast on the fifth day.
Three-Night, Two-Day Upland Bird Hunting Package – Arrive the day before your hunt between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hunt for two days and depart after breakfast on the fourth day.
Daily upland bird hunting packages can be arranged. Please tell us if you have a preference on quail hunting, pheasant hunting or both.
The customer surveys for last year’s season for our Upland operation had a 98.00% customer approval rating. This was based on hunting, accommodations, meals, and services.
You may bring your own dog. The fee is $25 each night if staying in our kennel. Our kennels are outside and are 5’ x 10′. Our guides will not run their dogs with client dogs. We are not responsible for the quality of your hunt when using your own dog. Make sure your dog is in shape and is accustomed to hunting our conditions. (Dogs are not allowed inside the lodges.)
Self-guided upland bird hunts are available from January 1st thru April 10th.
Traditional Hunts (Limits on Pheasant, Woodcock & Wild Quail Hunting)
Pheasant hunting is limited to 4 cock pheasant. You may harvest up to 8 on wild quail hunts. Woodcock can be taken during open season dates only.
Premium Hunts (Liberated Hunts)
No-limit liberated upland bird hunts are available upon request. In addition to quail and pheasant, we offer fast flying Red Leg partridge. (Double Premium Hunts Now Available)
All of our hunts are booked double occupancy. Private rooms and luxury suites are available for an additional charge. Please view our virtual tours of the Original Lodge, New Lodge and Rooms to get a better idea of our accommodations.
Size of Groups
We limit our upland hunters to 14 per day. Larger groups are welcome and can be arranged on a private basis.
We have memberships for individuals, families, and businesses. Learn more about becoming a member of our hunt club here.
We have guns available for rent. Please call in advance if you would like to rent a gun.
We have shells available for sale at the lodge for 28, 20 and 12 gauges.
Open All Year
Come to Heartland for a get-away. This will give you the opportunity to check out the Lodge prior to booking a hunting trip. We are open all year. Being open all year allows us to employ full time staff year round.
Please call our office at 1-800-717-4868 or e-mail us at email@example.com to book upland bird hunting reservations.
Where Are We?
Heartland Lodge is in Pike County, Illinois, northeast of St. Louis, Missouri and southwest of Springfield, Illinois. Click here for directions and a map.
A payment of 50% of your total hunt is due when making your reservations.
If you are booking a fall hunt (September-December), all balances must be paid by September 1st. Winter hunts (January-March) must be paid in full 60 days before the scheduled hunt. A process fee of 10% of your total booking will be charged when canceling. If cancelling after September 1st (fall hunts) and less than 60 days (winter hunts), your entire deposit will be lost. If someone in our original booking does not show, you will be charged the full amount, for original amount booked. These policies will help us provide you better service.
Lambert St. Louis International Airport is the closest major airport. For private planes, Quincy, Jacksonville, and Pittsfield airports are the closest. Visit our directions page for directions for driving to the lodge.
Use the following list as an upland bird hunting checklist when packing for your stay at Heartland Lodge.
- Your gun
- Shells – We recommend 7 1/2’s for upland (Available in our Pro Shop)
- Orange hat and vest (hats are sold at lodge along with Orvis vests)
- Gun case
- Shooting glasses
- Comfortable boots
- Camera (Optional)
- Cooler (Optional)
- Slippers or heavy socks (Shoes are removed in mud room)
- Comfortable shirt and pants
Pheasant Hunting Tips
Increase your chances of flushing a rooster with a few simple pheasant hunting tips.
- Try hunting in early morning or late afternoon, when pheasants are feeding.
- You will find a better shot on the edges of a grain field rather than deep in the midst of it.
- In mid-day, when the birds have taken deeper cover, walk slowly back and forth to flush them, so that your partner – a blocker stationed at the end of the field – can get a shot.
- Wear hunter orange at all times, especially when working with a blocker.
- A properly trained pointing or flushing dog helps increase hunter success. (This is what Heartland uses.)
Quail Hunting Tips
Increase your chances of flushing a bobwhite quail with a few simple quail hunting tips.
- The best time to hunt a quail is late in the afternoon.
- If possible, hit brushy areas between agricultural plots, especially the edges. These areas provide both shelter and easy access to and from food for the birds.
- If you flush out a covey that you don’t see land, give them a minute or so then hit your quail call to find their new location.
- Be ready to shoot! This is a good rule for all hunting as birds can and will show up anywhere. (But always be safe!)
- Aim and shoot at individual birds, not into coveys. Not only is it more sporting and you are less likely to wound birds, it is more effective in getting birds into your bag.
- If you only flush out a few quail, don’t give up. Coveys don’t always flush together. Instead, move slowly toward the sight of the flush and be ready!
- When quail hunting, always wear hunter orange.
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