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Heartland Lodge

Hunting lodge and resort in Illinois! Heartland Lodge offers the finest vacation packages for anyone looking for a full service, "six star" resort. From hunting whitetail deer, wild quail, and pheasant to the ultimate bed and breakfast and corporate retreat, you'll find it all at Heartland Lodge.

+1800-717-4868
Nebo
IL
10236 393rd St

55
This was my fifth trip and most successful hunting trip, but even if I didn't get my big buck, I would come to Heartland Lodge.  Great friends make it a great experience. I have already booked for next year.

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Love our experience at Heartland Lodge. As first timers, it has exceeded our expectations. The food, staff, the whitetails, and the kids enjoying the snow.  Zach was a great guide! He is very knowledgeable and helpful!  I got a 10 point on my last day. He fixed me up a great spot in a ground blind with great deer action during my hunts. Thanks so much!

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The accommodations were superb! Much better than anticipated.  Staff were over the top friendly and capable.  You should take great pride in the culture you have built.  Most importantly, the hunting set up was obviously one of the best-if not the best for whitetail hunting.  Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, capable, and professional--we will ask for him next time.

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I have hunted at numerous outfitters. Most are high production, get in and get out, some try to be good outfitters.  Heartland makes you feel welcome and the guide works hard at knowing what animals are in the area and does his best to put you in the right spot.  Most outfitters put you in a spot and let you set there not knowing what is there, just going for the pot luck.  Not Zach--He is there to get you a quality animal and as a bonus, the rest of the staff want to make sure you are happy as well.  Matt is very serious about his guides, making sure they are doing their job. It's not easy keeping quality people. Hats off to Matt.

55
This is our third time hunting - Zach finally landed us a big one! Regardless of getting a buck, its ALWAYS an exciting experience. The guides are just as excited about getting you a deer as you are. They all work their tails off to give you the best experience and they always go above and beyond.  We cannot wait to book our next hunt!

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I had a wonderful time - met a lot of interesting and fun people. All of the staff were fantastic. My guide couldn't have been a better match.

55
It was another great experience with the weather being warm at first, everything was still good. The food and service is unbelievable.  Zach did an awesome job! Mat was very encouraging as always. Would recommend this place to anyone, its awesome.  Planning on returning next year.

55
I always love and enjoy my time at Heartland! From the first step in the door the entire staff is friendly, accommodating, and treats you like they've known you for years!! It may be a little time before my next booking but I'll always be back! Zach and Matt are awesome guides!

55
60 degree weather in November does not make for ideal whitetail hunting conditions. However, my guide Matt and the other guide Zach did their best to make for an ideal hunting camp.  I would love to leave a review saying I shot a buck of a lifetime, but that wasn't the case.  I did, however, have a hunt of a lifetime in what may be the last deer hunt ever for my 79 year old Grandfather.  The staff and Matt went above and beyond to make this a hunt of a lifetime.  God willing, my Grandfather is already talking about coming back next year. Thank you!

55
I travel a lot in my business.  I stay in a lot of difference resorts for both business and pleasure.  Heartland lodge is one of my favorite places to visit time and again.  The only way I can explain it is that it is just like home away from home.  I just finished a hunt in November and have already booked next year.  I can't wait to see everyone again next year.

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This was my second Muzzleloader hunt at Heartland. Had a great time and booked to return next year!

55
Awesome hunt, great lodge, people are great, enjoyed every part of this! Matt is a great guide--he looks out for people's needs and wants!

55
I first came to the lodge back in 2010.  I was just let go from my job and had second thoughts of coming.  That week I had hunted with Matt and it changed my life forever.  The professionalism and courtesy of staff makes you feel like family.  I was in a very sad place and had the time of my life at Heartland.  I've hunted w/Matt every year but once since then.  I've dealt with cold, rain, heat, misses, lack of deer or ducks, anything you can think of, but I keep coming back.  Thank you for always having such a wonderful setup that I can't stay away from.  I've yet to harvest an animal, but I've always enjoyed my time here.  Maybe next year is the year!

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Gary--We had a great time!  The lodge was outstanding! The food was just like Momma's!  And, the time with good friends was invaluable. Thanks for creating a back drop for all of the these things--May the Lord continue to bless Heartland and those that work so hard to make it the best hunting destination in the country!

55
Zach Jumps was an excellent guide. He put us in great stands and reviewed all the locations on the farm we were hunting.  We saw some trophy deer but couldn't get a quality shot.  That's part of deer hunting.  We have requested Zach as our guide next year.  I highly recommend Heartland Lodge for a quality hunting experience.

55
Great time, loved the hunt--guide was great.  Hope to come back in the future!

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Both Mark and Matt were extremely accommodating! I thoroughly enjoyed both my time in the woods and back at the lodge.  Although I have hunted Whitetail over 30 years, during the 3.5 days in the woods I saw numerous trophy deer, sparing and buck chasing!  It was not enough, the great meals and awesome desserts added to the joy!! Again, Mark was awesome!

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Had a great time whitetail hunting. Zach Jumps is very professional and is passionate about being a guide.  One thing I will tell future hunters is to have faith and patients with your guides.  They HONESTLY know their stuff.  They will do everything they can to get you a big deer.  Deer camp is great, you get to meet great people. Definitely going to come back!!

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I have had a really wonderful time here this week.  The service is really top-notch along with the food.  Staff is extremely friendly. Deer have not cooperated (very warm weather), but Matt has made every effort to put me in position.  I look forward to coming back. Thank you!

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Wonderful experience. The guide ensured our hunt was exactly what we desired, was prompt, professional, and helpful.  Great blind placement-saw lots of deer.  In addition to a great hunt, there is beautiful natural scenery, a fantastic lodge, friendly staff, and awesome meals.  The staff made us feel welcome and relaxed.  Our guide, Zach, was great and were also thankful Matt helped find the deer we harvested.

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I had such a great time! Everyone was so great and I enjoyed meeting everyone I encountered!  Unfortunately I wasn't able to harvest a deer, but I had such a great experience.  I will absolutely be back in the future!

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Everything far exceeded our expectations! We had a wonderful stay and were blown away by the friendliness of the staff.  We both said it was the best trip we have ever taken and can't wait to book and come again!

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Thanks for a great hunt.  You folks run a top notch organization.  All the staff were super friendly and made us feel very welcome.  We are looking forward to coming back again.

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The absolute best outfitter I have ever gone to.  The guides were professional and knew where to place me to see deer.  I will definitely be returning in the future.

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I recently hunted in late October 2015. I must say it was everything I expected and more. The staff and guides are top shelf and really took the time to talk to and listen to our needs. My guide Matt "Yankee" Brunet is truly one of the best. The weather did not cooperate with us at all, it was hotter in Illinois than it was back home here in Texas which made the deer movement real slow. The younger bucks were starting to pester the does, just not the older bucks. But with that said, I saw lots of deer and had several shot opportunities, just not at the deer I was looking for. I want to thank Gary, Matt, and Ms. Wanda for an absolutely wonderful experience and I'm already planning my return trip!! "Aim small, Miss small"

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Anticipation!!

I booked my hunt with Heartland Lodge in July of 2014 for the last week of October 2015.  I must say I have never had to endure a wait this long or this exciting.  My wife says I'm unbearable to live with.  I have all of my gear packed and ready to go (except my bow, got to practice) and can't wait to get to Illinois for my first ever Mid-West hunt.  I guide whitetail hunts in South Texas and I'm really looking forward to being the one guided this time!! I promise to write about my experience with Gary and Heartland Lodge when my hunt is complete at the end of October.  Ahh the ANTICPATION is killing me!! Happy hunting and shoot straight!!

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The experience was absolutely great!! While my son and I didn't shoot a deer, we had a great time.  We could have shot deer but chose to wait on a trophy. We can't wait to come back!!

55

Every time I come it's harder to leave.  I feel like this place is my home away from home!  I always speak highly of this place and do my best to get the word around.  It means a lot to me that everyone on staff treats me as their friend.  The personal touch and getting to come hunt with my friends is what keeps me coming back

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Thank you so much for a wonderful stay (again).  Your staff is impeccable and like family.  Many thanks to Yankee for all he does for the guest. Many thanks to your incredible chefs, I now fear I will starve to death when I go home.

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We didn't know what to expect when we arrived.  It didn't take long to realize that we had made an Excellent decision to come here!  Everything is wonderful: food, rooms and the staff is off the charts!!!  Our entire experience was so nice.  A return visit is for sure in our future!!