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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
Good.. no GREAT experience - It was great seeing the same people. Servers/ hostess/ cooks each time. Also great to sit and talk to Gary! I would highly recommend your lodge for hunting or just to get away. Shawn, January 2022
Josh & Terry Nohl
Had a wonderful hunt and experience - my new 410 preformed flawlessly - love shotin' 410's. Huntin' with excellent dogs brought back many memories from our home hunts back in the 80's, 90's and early 2000's. We owned several super smart beagles, we always shot 410 single shots. Too much fun! Thanks again! Josh and Terry Nohl, March 21 -22, 2022.
We had a terrific time. It was a true pleasure to hunt with Rod and his dogs. Moreover, Melissa was the ultimate hostess. She, and the entire staff treated us not only like family but cherished kinfolk they were excited to see! I don't know how it could have been any better! Joe Moreland, March 8 -10 2022.
Thanks so much! Meals and Lodging were superior. Kinzi was an awesome guide! Or maybe her dogs were so good that made her look good? (Kidding - she was great!) Thoroughly enjoyed my brief visit. Thank you! Mark 3/10 - 3/11
Richard & Debbie Rogers
The entire staff was very friendly and accommodating. Food was very good and plentiful at all meals. Our guide Eric and his dogs did a wonderful job. The hunt exceeded our expectations with plenty of opportunity. This was a great experience for our grandson, as this was his first upland hunt. Thank you all for a such a great time. Feb 10-13, 2022
My stepson and I had a great time at Heartland Lodge. This was our first time hunting pheasants and we now have a very memorable hunt to look back at. Our guide Brad and his dogs were top notch. The meals were the best and our cabin was outstanding! The staff went above and beyond. We will be recommending Heartland Lodge to all our friends. We would love to come back and add a deer hunt. Heartland Lodge is above 5 stars. You couldn't ask for a better place. February, 2022
Austin Ufkes- West Central FS
We came for a business meeting, had overnight accommodations, and went on an upland hunt the following morning. Great space to host a meeting. The Original Lodge was a great place for us all to stay. I was very impressed with the meals that were served. I was also extremely impressed to have a prayer before meals. The upland bird hunt was a lot of fun. Lots of birds, our guide was great, the dogs worked perfect and we had a lot of shooting! Feb 15-16, 2022
I hunted here with my 2 son's, and 2 friend's. We hunted 2 weeks before Christmas, and we had the duck/upland combo package. This was the week when the temp was around 70 degrees in Nebo, not ideal for ducks, but we had a great time nonetheless. The accommodations and food are topnotch, and the staff is excellent. Our duck guides Cole and Jeff were very knowledgeable, great callers, and tried their darnedest to get us on birds, but you cant control mother nature. Our upland guide Brad was great also, with excellent dogs, and I think he actually smiled our last day when we killed over 50 birds, and 15 were roosters. (December 2021)
"I had been wanting to hunt here for years, but something always got in the way. Not this year, two of my sons and I spent the weekend and did a combo duck/upland hunt. The ducks just weren't flying that morning, but the pheasant/chukar/quail hunt in the afternoon more than made up for it. Our guide, Rod, was terrific, and while we killed a lot of birds, just watching his dogs work would have been worth the trip. The food was great, staff was excellent, I couldn't be happier about the trip." December 2021
I come every year with my son, and we make the best memories here. I look forward to the trip every year. The food is always so good and the people we meet are so interesting! Brad is the best guide. November 16, 2021
Beth Wojton- Sept. 20th, 2021
Everything was exceptional!!
Our time was very nice. Food and rooms were outstanding, service and attention to detail excellent. Thank you! My pheasant guides were top notch. Kim is an excellent dog handler and made me comfortable in the field. We had a great hunt. Thank you. Rod, well he was over the top. Very knowledgeable and fun. Again dog work was awesome. He showed me a great level of trust and respect. One of the BEST HUNTS OF MY LIFE! -David Stevenson 9-23-21
My long term friend is battling cancer, both guides were exceptional in pace of hunt and attention to circumstances. Not sure how long my buddy will be around. Your guides and crews made this special for all of us!!! Bud Bruley, September 21 - 22, 2021
Robert and Linda Adair
Everyone was exceptional, courteous and friendly. Kim our guide was awesome. Want to have him on every trip. Recommending to all our hunting friends. Robert and Linda Adair, September 21-22, 2021
The hunt was perfect for a quick Father/Son getaway! Super accommodations. Expert guide in the field. Our guide (Rod) was very knowledgeable and produced ample opportunities for us to get a coat full of birds. If you are looking for a top notch upland bird hunt...look no further...Heartland Lodge is the place! Jimmy Blunt, September 18th, 2021
Bill and Kathy Wright
We had such a wonderful time! We felt like family and very cared for. Now we have new friends to come visit! Hunting was excellent and guides knew their stuff. Dogs were the best we have every seen. Can't wait to come back! Bill and Kathy Wright, September 8-10, 2021
Saw and shot more birds than I have in 60yrs of hunting, was really fun shooting birds with my old 410 single shot. Brought back many memories of times gone past, hunting with my Dad and later my son. Hunting with and watching my son shoot brought a tear to my eyes - so enjoyable! My son and I love hunting with good dogs - Rush & Rudy are the best! Kim was the best upland guide I've ever hunted with! Thanks Again! Terry Nohl, March 29-30, 2021.