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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.

+1217-734-2526
Nebo
IL
10236 393rd St

55

Another great hunt. Comfortable lodge and beds, friendly staff, good food. Chris was a great guide who knows his ground well and put us in the right places. Great atmosphere in the lodge too.

55

Kris is 100% professional, and his guiding was the highlight of my trip. He knows deer, knows his farm and really knows how to treat a client. When I return, I will only want Kris as my guide and if not available I will wait to book again. He is that good.

55

I truely enjoyed the lodge, the meals, the people and the hunt. I did not get a shot at a legal buck, but every expectation of my trip were met. I will be back!

55

As usual, everything was great at Heartland!

55

Weather was Hot but had a great time - killed a 9 point last day, so it was great. Everyone was great on your your staff!

55

This is my 3rd trip and loved it!!! We will come back a 4th time for sure!!!

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I have never had a better hunting experience than I did this season at Heartland Lodge!

55

This is my 5th visit to Heartland and my 3rd hunt with Kris. This hunt was by far the best. The time of year was perfect (Late October) I saw shooter bucks everyday except on my last day. I tagged out for the first time. Kris knows his farm and knows where would be the best stand for that big buck.

55

My experience here was great! Depsite the weather conditions the hunt was still great! The guides here do a great job at giving you the best opportunity to harvest a big buck.

55

This is the best hunt a person could ever go on. The rooms are great, the food is great, and the guides are the best in the business.

55

Everything was beyond expectations. The meals were AMAZING as was the dinner staff. Casey is top notch when it comes to knowledge of whitetail and being a guide. Always great to be greeted by Ms. Wanda awesome job with everything.

55

Great place, Great hunt, Cant wait to come back !!! Casey was a great guide with the knowledge to put us on GIANTS. Meals couldn't have been any better, can't wait till next time.

55

These hunts are basically care free for the hunter which is great for a quick get away. Great food, Great people, and beautiful country. You never know when the big boy might step out.

55

Ben was great made the trip well worth it. Will be back in the future. Food was great service was great. Staff was very friendsly. I thank all of you, Very much for making my trip a lot of fun.

55

The staff was very friendly and all accomodations were excellent. I had a wonderful time and will definatly be back. will recommend to all my hunter friends and family. Matt was a great guide and made he experience a lot of fun.

55

We feel like part of the family at Heartland Lodge it has been a positive experience for all of us.

55
WOW!! This was my second trip and once again had a great hunt. Lodge is great,food is excellant,but the people makes me want to come back. My guide Casey is the best guide I have ever had and Matt was always checking with us to make sure everything was going good. Already re-booked for next year. And did I mention I killed a big 8 pt. Thanks

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When it comes to unparalleled service and a customer first attitude, Harpoles Heartland can’t be beat. From the moment you walk in the door and meet Wanda or Gary you know you are part of the family. All the staff and management make a point of making sure you are well taken care of and that you enjoy every second of your hunt. Hunting is not always about taking a trophy animal, but feeling like you have the best odds possible is what you pay top dollar for. Even if you don’t shoot the buck of your life (many do) you will leave Harpoles with a big smile knowing your guide has done everything possible to fulfill the dream. I have hunted with them now for two years and both years have had good opportunities at nice bucks, but have not hit the boiler room. I can’t wait to return again this year for fun with friends and to continue the dream a monster buck will fall. I know no matter I will have another adventure which will remain in my memory for the rest of my years.

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Even though it has been quite some time since I've had the previledge of hunting with Heartland. My experiences are always on my mind. I can honestly say, that both trips to this day have been some of my most enjoyable hunts I have been on. Top notch accomodations, friendly staff, Knowlegable guides, incredible meals, and let's not forget the bucks that roam Pike County. One thing is for sure, I will return to Heartland Lodge one day. If you want to be spoiled for a week, this is the place to go.

55
I got to stay everything was top knotch from the people to the food the meals was exellent the lodge was beautiful the guides go out of there way to put you on deer and miss wanda is the nicest person youll meet nice place nice people i give it a 10

55
My guide Mike Anderson worked extremely hard in modifying stand locations and patterning the deer movement. He's a true professional, as are all the members of Heartland Lodge. They treat you as family, and yes, they still say the blessing before supper! An absolute top-notch facility from table to tree!

55
This place is awesome. I thought I was obsessed with deer hunting until I met my guide, Casey. He is extremely serious, knowledgable and passionate about deer hunting and goes the extra mile for his clients. Casey set me up on a shooter 10 point the 2nd night of the hunt, which is going to look great on the wall. Thanks again Casey - See you next year!

55
h best vacation time used ever. Not one week went by my guide didn’t text me and tell me about shed antlers, trail cam pictures, big prints, stories of bucks passed up, the crops being planted, deer sightings in fields….. I also can’t tell you how many times he asked if I had been shooting my bow, had I shot with all my camo on, have I taken my bow to get looked at by a bow shop, hows my shooting…. The anticipation through the off season and leading up to the trip made every day feel like weeks. Finally I was at camp and couldn’t wait to get in the woods. Each day I was in the stand well before sun up to after sun down, I saw some really neat things! The deer movement was slow with the eighty plus degree weather but it was still entertaining. Between turkey sightings, little bucks chasing does, raccoons causing ruckus, there was plenty to keep me awake on the stand. If that wasn’t enough to keep me busy during the week, every night back at camp I would come strolling in last with a smile on my face and stories to tell and many more to listen to with the nineteen hunters in camp. Man, everyone had a question – What did you see? Get anything? What times? Describe your set up? All night long I kept thinking about the week and all the cool people I had met. I couldn’t take it all in but I was trying! There were two situations I was looking for in the morning - either a clean arrow or the Giant buck to be dead just inside the woods! Somewhere in the night I fell asleep and awoke to my guide making deer noises and shaking me in my bed telling me we were going to get the monster. My guide new this deer all to well, seeing the giant cross the road one evening on the way back from glassing fields in August and a hunter missing the deer twice in 2005. Before we hit the road my guide had some questions to ask about the shot and how I felt about it after resting. Of course it was the normal what do you think happened? Sticking to my gut feeling, I told him that at first I thought it was a miss till he bedded down. I didn’t understand why he would just lay down after rubbing a tree and being shot at. The next series of questions were about his rack. As I answered his questions it became clear that the giant really was a GIANT and we couldn’t wait to get back to the woods. I remembered the buck looking back at me while standing broadside at thirty yards and his main beam reaching out past his shoulder! His brow tines looked like carrots and his points look like giant candles, G2’s were twice the length of his ears and no point was shorter then ten inches. His main beams reached out way past the end of his nose and there was an ear width in between each sky reaching point. His mass appeared larger then the base of his ears. I see it all too clearly and don’t think those images will soon escape my mind. Finally we were on the farm and we couldn’t wait to get out of the truck! We neared the corner and I could see my stand at the base of the tree just inside the woods. At first we went to where he bedded down and found no blood or hair. Then we went to where I had made the shot and looked for my arrow. The short search revealed nothing. No arrow, no blood, and no hair. I needed closure and we started glassing the woods, still nothing. I went back to the area where he had spooked and was searching the ground for sign and was getting frustrated. My guide Kris Strickland came over and asked what I thought. “I just want to find my arrow so I know for sure,” I said. Just then my guide pointed and said “There it is!,” and went running past me. He crouched over my arrow checking it out before picking it up and said “Dave, its clean, like the first day out of the box. You missed him.” Never had I been so relieved to find a clean arrow. I know it would have been the buck of a lifetime and would of come really close to the current Illinois record and maybe the world record. We exchanged a hand shake and brotherly hug and smiled. I think that’s all we could do, just smile, at least for now but there is always next year! Maybe some hunter will get lucky and maybe its one of my guide’s hunters. Either way, if he is never seen again I will know that I saw him and that alone is the second best thing to of taken him. It should be known that there was not one day I did not take a scent free shower. I put my camo (yes, it was scent loc) in the drier with body powder and drier sheets every night. I stayed in the stand my guide put me in all day changing stands only a couple times during the week. I trusted my outfitter and my guide’s judgment!! Changing stands took all of fifteen minutes and other then that everyday I stayed in my stand during all shooting light. I saw multiple bucks everyday – some small some tempting. QDM rules on the lodge and that means no bucks under 130” which most cases in Pike County Illinois means three years old or better. When I saw the larger bucks it was usually on days were deer movement was “slow” and not many deer were seen. On the night I shot at the farm “ghost” I had seen two fawns and a doe from noon till I saw him. He appeared out of nowhere rubbing a tree behind me the size of my waist. The wind was in my favor but not favorable for the deer and wildlife I had seen earlier. I stayed positive everyday and envisioned a big buck in every shooting lane and how I would have to take the shot. I did not glass the shooting lane that the buck offered me the shot in although my binoculars were six inches from my face (big mistake). He came in alone, silent and I thought he was a raccoon climbing a tree behind me. His rack looked like a menorah candle holder coming through the woods. I missed my opportunity in the first shooting lane because I thought he was a raccoon climbing a tree (mistake). When I first saw him he was already past my first shooting lane by 2 feet. I could not shoot him when he was behind my stand because my day pack hung in the way (mistake). It was the last ten minutes of the last day of camp and total hours in the stand were over eighty. The only vehicle movement on the farm was well before first light and after dark to pick me up. The cool part – He is still out there! I wouldn’t trade these two unfilled tags (2006 & 2007) for anything in the world! They will be framed and hang on the wall. I will never forget the memories these two hunting trips have offered and will soon never forget the people meet in deer camp. The drive home was long and I couldn’t be happier! I will return to Heartland Lodge next year for opening week of 2008 with a tag, my bow and ready for my PG (professional guide) to put me on them. I may never see a buck like that in my life but I am alright with that. Cory, Wanda, Kris and the Heartland team - thanks again for a great time and the experience of a lifetime! Fellow deer hunters of deer camp 2006 & 2007 thanks for the great memories we all shared! David Syfert

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Andy was the best guide possibly imaginable!

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This was the best 3 days of hunting in my life. Mike is a great guy and we had an excellent hunt. I want to bring my Dad with me next year. I saw over 60 Deer and shot (missed) a 160 Class Buck!!

55
Best Whitetail Hunt, Ever, Chris was great, Did and excellent Job, Have Never seen so many deer in a 6 hr sitting. You guy's and gals have a great thing going here. I would highly recommend it! Had the best time. Food was beyond great, Lodge is awesome. Staff was great, guide was the best, other guides were very friendly. Always willing to answer any questions. Wish we could have staye longer. Definetly coming back for archery in the Rut, would love to have the same guide. Great job Guys and Girls!

55
Mike was the best guide I have ever hunted with. He is a great guy. Food was the best ever. Better than home.

55
This trip exceeded our expectations. We felt like we have been here for years. Look foward to seeing you in the years to come.

55
Thanks for a great experience, even though the weather had the deer neutral. We will be back!

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Overall experience was awesome! The place is beautiful and the deer sightings were amazing! My guide was very friendly and eager to do whatever needed. all the guides were a pleasure to speak with .