The Midwest's hospitality and friendliness can't be duplicated anywhere in the country. Our staff will make you feel part of the family as soon as you walk through the door. We are a year-around operation, so this allows us to employ full-time staff that insures quality and consistency every year.
Heartland Lodge's owner started the lodge 24 years ago. He grew up with the tradition of going to his grandparents' house and hunting with his large family. He hunted quail, pheasants, deer, turkey, rabbits, squirrels, ducks, and just about anything that was in season. Growing up, he always thought it was pulling the trigger and harvesting game that he enjoyed the most, but as he has gotten older, he doesn't remember pulling the trigger as much as he remembers the great times and memories with his grandparents and family. He remembers sitting around the breakfast table enjoying a feast along with hot black coffee and his Grandma making amazing dinners with homemade pies and cakes for desserts. After breakfast, they would stop at the grocery store and get a couple pounds of lunch meat, a loaf of bread, and a soda. Then they would go to his uncles', other relatives' and friends' farms to see how many coveys of quail or pheasants they could find. He started Heartland Lodge to continue his family's hunting tradition and to share it with others.
The accommodations at Heartland Lodge are five-star and the finest in the country! With options from private luxury cabins to our three lodges, there are rooms for everyone. We welcome singles to groups up to 30 hunters, with our average size of 12 upland hunters being at the lodge each day. Nonhunters are welcome as well. With 36 guest rooms, we can accommodate any size group. (Special arrangements can be made for larger hunting groups.) Having a cabin, our lodge exclusive for you or your group, is something we specialize in. Lodges and cabins include fireplaces, Jacuzzis, private decks, satellite television, pool table, card table, and rustic lodge décor.
We serve many of the same family recipes the owner's grandmother fixed for him years ago. All our country gourmet meals are homemade and served family-style.
Our homemade roast meal is an old family recipe and a favorite with our hunters. It is served hot with gourmet mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade rolls, old-fashioned corn casserole, festive salad and cobbler with ice cream.
Our upland season starts September 1st and ends April 15th. Our wild upland bird season starts the end of October and runs through the first part of January. Wild migratory duck season starts the end of October and runs until Christmas. Canada goose has a split season in the fall and then runs until the end of January. Snow goose season starts the first of February and runs until the end of March.
Bobwhite quail and pheasants are abundant on the properties Heartland Lodge hunts. A full day in the field shooting both quail and pheasants is an incredible experience. We also offer waterfowl hunts for those who would like to target ducks and geese in the morning and upland birds in the afternoon.
Pike County, Illinois is a hunter's paradise. Located between the Mississippi and Illinois rivers provides scenic terrain with gradually sloping hills and amazing views! Fertile ground with native prairie grasses along with fence rows and agriculture fields provides ideal habitat for wildlife. Many of the properties are untouched and the same as they were 50 years ago.
Having two major flyways provides the best waterfowl hunting in the United States!
We are in the perfect climate! Not too warm in the early season, and not too cold during the winter. Fall weather ranges from average lows in the 30s F to average highs in the 50s and 60s. January and February can be a little cooler while March is similar to the fall temperatures.
Rates start from: $295
You can find all pricing information at: www.heartlandlodge.com/hunting/upland-bird-hunting/
We provide guides, dogs, transportation to the fields, lodging, and meals. We do have guns for rent and ammo for sale.
Personal effects and the small things not necessarily related to the experience on the water or in the field.
Crocs or slippers to wear in lodge. Cooler for those driving. Coolers are also provided.
Q. What hunting license is required to hunt upland game?
A. A three day license is required and only costs $12.50
Q. Is Wifi available?
A. Yes, all our lodges and cabins have Wifi. The main lodges have 100 meg. service.
Q. Can hunters with limited mobility hunt at your lodge?
A. Yes, Polaris Rangers are available if requested in advance
Q. Can you ship the birds home for us?
A. Yes, we would be happy to do so!
Q. Can guests bring their own dogs?
A. Yes, we provide an kennel for guests dogs.
Q. Is there an airport shuttle?
A. Yes, we work with a shuttle company to provide this service.
Pike County is also known for its monster whitetails and abundant Eastern turkeys. A combination wingshooting and deer or turkey hunt can be arranged.
A scenic 15-station sporting clays course is available along with a pistol range.
Depending on the season, horseback and ATV riding may be available.
Massages can be arranged in advance.