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My wife and I have hunted birds at the lodge for three years in a row and hopefully many more. We have enjoyed hunting in many places in the world for the past 40 years together. A few places really stand out and fewer yet become on the every year list. Heartland is one of those special places, great hunting, great guides and dogs, great food, and a really great lodge staff. Thanks Gary for making us feel like " part of the family"
I went here for a corporate outing and had the time of my life. It was my first time hunting pheasant and quail and I found the experience superb! Gary and his staff are very friendly, caring and professional. Our guide Rod and his dogs were amazing! I came home and told my wife I could do this every weekend for the rest of my life! I highly recommend this lodge. The accommodations were great too! And the food... wow! You will not be disappointed
The hospitality from top to bottom is something any organization would be proud to offer. Our guides were phenomenal. All had wonderful dogs. The terrain is gently rolling hills of crops and grass split by drainages of trees. Absolutely ideal cover.
This our third year bringing some of our business partners and booked next year before we left. Gary and his staff exceed all expectations in hosting our guests and making it a truly 5 star hunt. Birds were plentiful and our guides, Brad and Rod make our hunts full of action and add native charm and flavor. We ask our team their favorite takeaways and inevitably watching the dogs work is the reoccurring theme. A top notch experience every trip.
I have been to a lot of hunting clubs and i have to say this was one of the best place I have been. The people go above and beyond to take care of you and the food is amazing. Our guides were top notch and very social. looking forward to booking another corporate event in the future. Brad our pheasant guide really made our hunt exciting...
Place is great for a weekend getaway. We hunted both snow geese and pheasant. Guides Kohl on the geese and Rod on the upland were absolutely awesome. Could not recommend this place enough. I will certainly be requesting these guys every time we come back. Thanks for another great experience!
I’ve been coming to Heartland Lodge almost since the beginning. For the last 3 years, my hunting partner and I have made it a regular visit. The accommodations are great. The food, a real variety and always plenty of it. (I always figure that since we’re hunting in the morning and again in the afternoon, we’ll walk it off. At least that’s my excuse!) The guides and dogs are great. We’ve had Rod a couple of times. Easy going, friendly, and he knows what he’s doing. He was running a pair each of English setters and shorthairs. All bird dogs I’d be proud to own. Staunch on point. Excellent retrievers. There’s a reason that Orvis and Shooting Sportsman endorse Heartland Lodge. Gary and Ms. Wanda are excellent hosts. It’s like coming to see old friends.
This trip was our 3rd trip in five years. Lodging and staff are superb! As a business owner myself, I am very proud of what the Harpoles have created and maintained as a top notch outfit. I look forward to introducing more people to this experience.
Three great trips in three years, back to back. It's easy to see why you're endorsed by Orvis and Shooting Sportsman.
I highly recommend Heartland Lodge! This was my fourth visit, and I will be back. Guide, dogs, birds were all top notch! The food was very good and everyone at Heartland is kind & courteous. They make the experience exceptional.
I love this place. Great hunting, great people, great food. Gary does a great job. I appreciate how everyone looks to make the experience memorable and last a lifetime. Coming back is what I look forward to!
Very hospitable, professional, safety conscious, efficient and great hosts. Accommodations were over the top with everything available. So much fun!
My grandpa and I had an awesome time. You guys are by far the best hunting lodge I have ever hunted with. Our guide Brad and the dogs were awesome. We will definitely be back for years to come!
Great experience! Food was delicious. Rachel and Mackinzie were wonderful. Rod was a phenomenal guide with his dogs, and helped me with my own dog. Highly recommend Gary and Harpole's Heartland Lodge!
Ben was our guide. Excellent job! Fantastic dogs, and Ben was very helpful, knowledgeable, and I enjoyed taking with him. The entire staff was very friendly and welcoming.
I had a wonderful time. The lodge was everything A hunting lodge should be and then some! All the guides were excellent and their dogs were great.
I had an awesome experience, beautiful lodges with great views. My guide Brad was great and had some hard working dogs with a good nose on them. I would hunt with him again with no worries.
The Lodge, the staff, and the food were all extraordinary. Eric is a terrific guide and a really nice guy. Very knowledgeable and friendly. The dogs were absolutely outstanding. A real pleasure to watch Eric and his dogs work together. Great job!
I quite literally had the time of my life! Everything in my mind was pretty close to perfect. Our guide Rod and his dogs were great! This was my first experience upland bird hunting and it could not have gone better! I came home and told my wife that I could do that every weekend for the rest of my life! Thank you to everyone who made the experience so great. A special thank you to Gary for being so gracious to all his guests. That personal touch from the owner made me feel appreciated and welcome.
I had an absolute fantastic time. I had not been hunting in a very long time, due to some health issues, and I was looking to relive past experiences. Rod and his faithful dogs brought back some great memories. My own English Setter passed away several years ago and it was great to get behind some setters again. His GSP was perfect too. Overall fantastic experience!
Amazing people, place and time. Fun people who are very good at what they do.
We have traveled extensively for upland game hunting and were delighted to find such a first class lodge and experience just a drive away from Chicago! We would like to know more about your waterfowl and deer hunting options as well. The quality of the quail, chukar and pheasants were amazing. The fields were beautiful and challenging just like we like them!
I was asked "how was your trip?" My response The Best Bird hunting of my life!. Very excited to return. September 29-30, 2022.
You're an Orvis endorsed operation, so I had very high expectations and you met every one of them. Eric and Kinzi are excellent guides! Courteous, patient and professional. They are excellent dog handlers! Sept 21 - 26, 2022
I was very pleased with my experience at your lodge and planning on bringing my son to do a combo upland/waterfowl hunt next year. September 27-28, 2022
Excellent Accommodations! Super Friendly Staff! Beautiful Properties! September, 2022
Debbie and Mike Butcher
We had a fantastic time. The staff were so friendly and welcoming. The food was great. Our guide was fantastic and a lot of fun. I was very Leary of hunting for the first time, but Rod made everything fun and easy. September, 2022
The Lodge, staff and food were excellent! Both of our guides were great and their dogs worked very well. September, 2022
This was the best hunting experience my group & I has ever had. We felt welcome & at home the moment we arrived. Your guides are great people! Your staff is also amazing! The hunting was excellent as well! January 23-25, 2022
This was the first time for us at the lodge. My Dad and I have hunted pheasant and quail before in Iowa and this trip was by far much more enjoyable. Our friend who went but didn't hunt walked with us and enjoyed it so much he may hunt next year. Rod the guide and his dogs were exceptional. I would go back just to talk with Rod and watch his dogs work! All staff was really nice to talk with as well. Already booked for next year. Can't wait to make more memories with my Dad and meet new friends! March 23-27, 2022