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Matt Brunet is an awesome guide! I actually think of him as a friend, not just a guide. Matt has taught me so much in the past five year about hunting whitetail in Illinois and is a huge reason why I keep coming back. Harpole's Heartland Lodge has become a regular stop on my vacation tour list every year. Everyone at the lodge loves what they do and make sure you have everything you need when you stay with them.
Tim McGuire–Fairbury, IL
This was my 4th time visiting Heartland for the doe reduction season. Each time exceeds my expectations. Matt has been my guide each trip and continues to go above and beyond to make this a great experience. He has put me on deer each year. Weather was not perfect and I appreciate his honesty on deer movement. He still put me on deer. I was fortunate to have two does. Also, want to acknowledge the outstanding job that Stephanie does with check in and out. More than that, always there to help through my stay. Great job! See you in 2020.
Kyle Sahs–Homer Glen, IL
It's become a tradition of mine to spend my Thanksgiving week hunting with Heartland Lodge. What started as a quick getaway to deer hunt has turned into something much bigger. Every year I come down and it's not just a deer hunting trip to me, it's a deer hunting trip with my Pike County family. I look forward to seeing everyone and catching up with how they have been. From walking in and seeing Melissa greet me to the safety meetings and camp talk. It's become a part of my life. Heartland Lodge isn't just deer hunting to me it's my home away from home. And one of these days maybe I'll decide to shoot a buck while I'm there!
Gary runs a great place. You can't control the weather or whitetail deer but all the areas in their control are well planned and attention to detail is top notch. Would definitely recommend! Thanks to all!
Audry & Gary Elwyn
Amazing staff and food. Hunting was great as well. Third time here and my dads fifth time. We love it! Definitely coming back in the future. Couldn't ask for better. Thank you!
Robert Parrott–Chesterfield, MI
I spent a solid month researching and settled on Harpole's for our group and wasn't sorry that I did so. From the moment we arrived and were greeted in the office to the moment we left, everything was top notch and the staff from top to bottom is friendly/professional. Zach Jumps is a pros-pro and will do everything in his power to put you on a quality animal. I was fortunate to harvest a buck of a lifetime but myself and others in my group had decided to return next year before I harvested my buck on day four.
Mason Beck–Nazareth, PA
Zach Jumps was amazing and made our experience with Heartland great. The food and staff far exceeded expectations.
Rusty Coyle–Nashotah, WI
The staff at Heartland Lodge are fantastic, detailed, and caring. I came as a solo hunter but left as close friends of my guide and other whitetail hunters. The hunting was great until an unusual storm front dropped 15 inches of fresh snow. Even with the snow, we hunted hard and in the 3 1/2 days of hunting I had a shooter buck out of range and a total deer count of 9 bucks and 23 does. Will definitely be back for another hunt!
Third time here and it is a very well ran business. Top notch guides, service, and accommodations.
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.
Leslie Thomas–Dubach, LA
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!
Fred Ode–Columbia Station, OH
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.
Randy Solar–Leechburg, PA
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.
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!
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.
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.
Keith Sahs–Lemont, IL
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!
Kyle Sahs–Homer Glen, IL
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!
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.
This was my second Muzzleloader hunt at Heartland. Had a great time and booked to return next year!
Dales Somers–Portage, MI
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!
Kyle Sahs–Homer Glen, IL
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!
Bryan Craven–Montgomery, AZ
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!
John Kendall–Mt. Zion, IL
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.
Marc Schriber–Troy, MI
Great time, loved the hunt--guide was great. Hope to come back in the future!
Gary Bird–Greensboro, NC
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!
Dennis Holtgrave–Highland, IL
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!!
Jody Thompson–Hardy, VA
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!
Julianne Murphy–Westchester, IL
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.
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!