Early Season Whitetail Hunts in Illinois

September 26th, 2023 – Pike County, IL Outfitter Report – “We have a few spots open for our early season October archery hunts- and they are filling up quickly! See our rates/ dates below or 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 over 25 years 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).