Whitetail Deer Hunting in Pike County Illinois
September 27, 2018 – Pike County Illinois Outfitter Report – The corn has turned brown and the ragweed yellow. Opening day of deer season here in Illinois will be here in just a few days! We have seen some great whitetail bucks over the summer and continue to keep close tabs on our target bucks as we close in on opening day of archery season. The forecast for fall deer hunting looks like its going to be another great deer hunting season!
Visit Heartland Lodge for legendary Pike County Illinois deer hunting, in one of the finest whitetail deer hunting lodges & outfitters in the country! Heartland Lodge is located in the middle of incredible free range Illinois deer hunting country. Located between the Mississippi and Illinois River drainages, Heartland provides habitat that is perfect for large whitetail bucks. The four key ingredients to having a quality deer herd are all found at Harpole’s deer hunting lodge & outfitter. You must have genetics, food, habitat, and a good age structure to produce monster bucks and quality whitetail deer hunting. The genetics here in Illinois are the best in the country. The food and habitat could not be better. With a strict management program in place to preserve growth, Heartland has it all when hunting for incredible whitetail bucks.
Harpole’s Lodge owns and leases thousands of acres of the best hunting ground in Pike County, Illinois’ deer hunting territory. The land is scouted year round, thus Heartland is not just a seasonal operation. We are working for you not only in the fall, but all year to assure you the best deer hunt possible. Heartland’s reputation precedes itself as one of the finest whitetail deer hunting lodges & outfitters ever opened to the public.
Our goal is to have 100% satisfaction for each deer hunter. Compare us with other whitetail deer hunting lodges & outfitters. You won’t be disappointed. We are among the finest in the country – and the only Orvis-approved hunting lodge in Illinois.
Deer Hunting Outfitters
When looking for a hunting outfitter, especially a whitetail deer hunting outfitter, you need to make sure you do your home work. There are so many Illinois outfitters and many are located in Pike County and West Central Illinois. New deer outfitters are popping up every year and whitetail hunters should make sure they have been in business at least 10 yrs. When hunting with an outfitter make sure you ask all the questions and if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.
Watch this video of Ron Way’s
192″ Monster Whitetail!!
Six-Night, Five-Day Package – Arrive the night before between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hunt five full days and depart after breakfast on your sixth day. Archery deer hunts are what we specialize in. If you are an archery hunter, you will feel at home at Heartland. Our Illinois bow hunting deer packages are the hunt of a lifetime!
Four-Night, Three-Day Package – Available in October, December and January. (Whitetail deer hunting in January is a local favorite.)
Seven-Night, Six-Day Archery-Muzzleloader Combo Package – Arrive on Monday between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hunt three full days of archery and then hunt three full days of muzzleloader. This whitetail deer hunt usually falls on the second week and weekend of December.
Ask about our Doe Derby deer hunts in December & January.
Fall Turkey Hunt Option – Enjoy bow hunting an elusive gobbler while in your stand. You can have the option of hunting both turkeys and whitetails during your fall hunt.
Four-Night, Three-Day November Package – Arrive on Thursday between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Gun hunt three full days and depart on Monday after breakfast. This Illinois firearm deer hunt usually falls the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Five-Night, Four-Day December Package – Arrive on Wednesday between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hunt four full days and depart on Monday after breakfast. This Illinois gun deer hunt usually falls the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Four-Night, Three-Day Muzzleloader Package – Arrive on Thursday between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hunt three full days and depart on Monday after breakfast. This Illinois muzzleloader deer hunt usually falls on the second weekend of December.
Seven-Night, Six-Day Archery-Muzzleloader Combo Package – Arrive on Monday between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hunt three full days of archery and then hunt three full days of muzzleloader. This archery and muzzleloader deer hunt usually falls on the second week and weekend of December.
For all gun tags, you need to contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Please call 217-782-7305 to have the application sent to you, or visit them online at https://dnr.state.il.us.
Crossbow whitetail hunting in Illinois is now allowed throughout the entire archery season regardless of age or physical ability. Crossbow hunting is gaining popularity across the state as it has now opened up more opportunities for a variety of hunters to go afield. At Heartland Lodge we accommodate traditional, compound and crossbow hunters.
- All whitetail are free roaming.
- All hunts are fully guided. Guides take you to and from the stand. Guides do not sit in the stand.
- We hunt on approximately 4,500 acres located in Pike and Calhoun Counties.
- The average opportunity rate is approximately 60%.
- We only harvest deer scoring 140 Pope & Young or better.
- We encourage the harvesting of does.
- Cross bows are now legal in Illinois during archery season.
- Illinois is a shotgun or muzzleloader only state. (No rifles)
- Slugs are used with shotguns. Buckshot is not allowed.
- All guns must be plugged and can only hold 3 shells at a time.
- All guns and bows must be in cases while in the vehicle.
- When a deer is wounded, a possible 48-hour search may be required before hunting is resumed.
- Gun hunters must wear a solid orange cap and a solid orange vest.
- Average tree stand height is 15′-18′. Higher and lower stands are available. Ground blinds are also available. Please call ahead to let us know any special requirements.
- We use tree steps and stacking sticks with our lock on stands.
- Ladder stands are available.
- Guides will field dress your deer.
- Processing – A local processor can process your deer or you can process your deer yourself at the lodge.
- Caping – There is a fee paid directly to a local processor.
- Smoking Policy – No smoking in lodge, tree stands, or in guides’ vehicles.
|2018 Archery Dates Available:|
|More on our Archery Hunts>> *SPECIAL hunt prices below are valid for a limited time.|
|October 1st–5th (Opening Week - 5 Days of Hunting)||$2,650|
|October 8th-10th (3 Days of Hunting)||$1,650|
|October 8th-11th, 12th am (4 1/2 Days of Hunting)||$2,580|
|October 15th–18th, 19th am (4 1/2 Days of Hunting) SOLD OUT!||$2,580|
|October 22nd–27th (6 Days of Hunting)||$4,380|
|October 22nd–26th (5 Days of Hunting) |
Cancellation Spots - Deposit Paid Already!
|Cancellation Price: $3,150
Save $500 Deposit Paid!
|October 29th-November 2nd (5 Days of Hunting) Guides' favorite week!||$4,250|
|November 4th–8th (5 Days of Hunting) - SOLD OUT!||$4,250|
|November 10th-14th (5 Days of Hunting) - SOLD OUT!||$4,250|
|November 23th-27th (5 Days of Hunting) BEST VALUE!||SPECIAL $1,950 Reg $2,150|
|Six night, five day Dec & Jan||SPECIAL $1,650 Reg $2,150|
|Four night, three day Dec & Jan||SPECIAL $1,250 Reg $1,650|
|Four night, three day Dec & Jan Doe Reduction||$950|
|Fall Turkey Hunt Option (More Info Here)||$250|
|2018 Firearm Dates Available:|
|More on our Firearm Hunts>> *SPECIAL hunt prices below are valid for a limited time.|
|Youth Season October 6th, 7th, 8th (Shotgun or Muzzleloader)|
(Doe only - 2 Days $750)
|2 Days $1,000
3 Days $1,500
|November 16th-18th (Shotgun or Muzzleloader) PEAK RUT!! Cancellation Spots Available!||$4,700|
|Nov 29th–Dec 2nd (Shotgun or Muzzleloader) |
Cancellation Spots - Deposits Paid!
|Cancellation Price: $2,950
|December 7th-9th (Muzzleloader Only)||SPECIAL $1,950
|Seven night, six day December Archery/Muzzleloader combo||$3,150|
|Late Season Doe Firearm Hunts - (Gun not available) Can also use crossbow or archery||$ 950|
All bookings are double occupancy in regular room at the Original Lodge, unless other arrangements are made. Private rooms can be arranged if available. All rooms have private baths. As part of the care and maintenance inside our lodge, we ask that you bring slippers or wear socks. Boots and shoes are removed in the mud room. The Original Lodge is for hunters only October – December 25th. Prairie Ridge Lodge is for hunters only the entire month of November.
- Non-hunting guests are welcome. The rate is $100 ($125 in the fall) for each night for a regular room. Call for pricing on other rooms.
- Private rooms are available upon request.
- $100 for a private regular room (Jan-September) each night at The Original Lodge.
- $125 for a private regular room (Oct-Dec) each night at The Original Lodge.
- $150 for the Angler room (Queen Bed) each night at The Original Lodge.
- $175 for the Whitetail suite (King Bed & Jacuzzi) each night at The Original Lodge
- $225 for the Luxury suite (King Bed, Jacuzzi, & Fireplace) each night at Prairie Ridge Lodge
Enjoy one of our Luxury Suites during your stay. For only $112.50 per hunter (per night – based on double occupancy) you can stay in one of these incredible rooms. Each spacious room has two king size beds, Jacuzzi, fireplace, gun holders, private decks and entrance. Prices are valid only when purchasing a hunt package above, otherwise our regular room rates apply.
Where Are We?
Heartland Lodge is in Pike County, Illinois, (Illinois deer hunting capital) northeast of St. Louis, Missouri and southwest of Springfield, Illinois. Click here for directions and a map.
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.
Groups – Size And Level Of Experience
We welcome seasoned veterans and those who are just learning how to deer hunt. With deer hunting tips and strategies from our guides, your group is sure to have an incredible time. We limit our whitetail hunters to 12-16 per week, depending on the time of year. Additional upland and waterfowl hunters may be staying at the lodge during your hunt.
How To Secure A Spot Every Year?
You may reserve a spot each year by signing a year-to-year contract. Please ask about this if you are interested.
A payment of 50% of your total hunt is due when making your reservations.
If you cancel before June 1st of year arriving at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, your deposit will be refunded less 10% of total hunt. No refunds are given after June 1st.
Lambert St. Louis International Airport is the closest major airport. For private planes, Quincy and Pittsfield airports are the closest. Visit our directions page for directions for driving to the lodge.
Enjoy hunting for some of the largest whitetail buck sheds in North America. All you have to do is book a room at the lodge and you have access to our properties on the days you are staying. Go to our shed antler hunting page for more info.
The buck pictured on the right is called the “Goody” buck. This buck was found while shed hunting. If you would like to read the amazing story, just go to “The Goody Buck.”
- Your bow or gun
- Gore-Tex or rain gear
- Knee high rubber boots (Recommended)
- Orange hat and vest (Gun only)
- Bow or gun case
- Rattling antlers (Optional)
- Grunt tube (Optional)
- Pull up rope
- Safety belts are required
- Binoculars (Optional)
- Flashlight (Optional)
- Hand warmers (Optional)
- Camera (Optional)
- Cooler (Optional)
- Slippers or heavy socks (Shoes are removed in mud room)
- Range finder (Optional)
Harpole’s Heartland Lodge strives to give our guests the best experience possible. We understand that your upcoming trip is a significant investment. We offer trip insurance through North America’s leading provider of Travel Insurance called “Travel Guard”.
There are many circumstances that could change your plans. Please take a few minutes to learn how you can protect yourself. If you choose to decline this valuable coverage, you are assuming any financial loss associated with a cancellation or a change in your travel arrangements.