Early Season Whitetail Hunts in Illinois

Opening week archery hunt buck! May 9th, 2024– Pike County, IL Outfitter Report – “We had a great early season last fall with several great hunts and nice bucks harvested including a nice 157-inch, 12 point (pictured)! We do have spots available in November for this season but are sold out for the early season hunts. You can book a 2025 early season hunt now! Call 217-982-4039 or E-Mail to inquire about our all-inclusive, early season bow hunts!”

The Illinois whitetail archery season begins on October 1st. Most of the month of October is considered early season whitetail hunting in Illinois and across the entire Midwest. At Heartland Lodge, we specialize in offering quality early season whitetail hunts. With nearly three decades of experience, we are passionate about putting our hunters on mature whitetails during the early part of the whitetail hunting season here in Illinois. October deer hunting can be divided up into three different phases: Opening Week, Mid-October, and Late October (considered pre-rut).