Seven night, six day December Archery/Muzzleloader combo

Harpoles Heartland Lodge

Pike County Illinois Hunting

Whitetail Deer Hunting

Whitetail Deer Hunting in Pike County, Illinois Harpole’s Heartland Lodge is known as one of the best whitetail deer hunting lodges and outfitters in the country. Pike County, Illinois deer hunting is known for its abundance, and Heartland Lodge is located between the Mississippi and Illinois River drainages – the perfect habitat for large whitetail bucks.

Upland Bird Hunting

Upland Bird Hunting in Pike County, IllinoisExperience some of the best wild quail hunting and pheasant hunting in Illinois! Hunt for native bobwhite quail and pheasant behind some of the best German Shorthair Pointers and English Pointers in the country. This Orvis-endorsed wing shooting operation is one of the finest in the country.

Waterfowl Hunting

guided waterfowl hunts in Pike County, IllinoisHeartland waterfowl is unsurpassed in quality and can not be compared to any other area in the United States. Hunting is along the Mississippi River Valley, providing a unique atmosphere that every dedicated waterfowl hunter should experience.

Turkey Hunting

Turkey Hunting in Pike County, IllinoisTurkey hunting at Heartland is a favorite among hunters visiting the lodge. We have designed Heartland Lodge with you, the hunter, in mind. Enjoy hunting native turkey in natural habitat. An abundance of CRP fields mixed with fields of milo and hardwoods present habitat ideal for turkey hunting.

Sporting Clays Course

Sporting ClaysHeartland’s 15-station sporting clays course is one of the finest in the Midwest. Located on 15 acres around the beautiful Heartland Lodge, this course is one that you will want to shoot again and again. Each shooting station simulates different hunting settings, like racing rabbits, overhead Mallard, springing teal, and more.

Illinois Vacations

Illinois VacationsGet away to Illinois! If you are looking for an Illinois vacation, there is no need to look any further. Heartland has vacation packages for everyone. Our Illinois resort is a unique and fun vacation spot. You can relax and enjoy all the activities our vacation resort has to offer, or you can venture out to the many area attractions.

About this trip

Illinois Gun & Firearm Whitetail Hunts

October 8, 2019 – Pike County Illinois Whitetail Firearm Report – “Our food plots are looking great with recent rains and near perfect growing conditions. They should be in prime condition for our firearm hunts this fall here in Illinois! With all the precipitation this summer, bucks had great growing conditions for really packing on the inches to their racks. We expect to have phenomenal gun seasons here at the lodge!”

Illinois firearm whitetail hunting, especially in Pike County, has been a tradition at Heartland that dates back to when Heartland’s owner, Gary Harpole, grew up hunting as a child. The anticipation of opening day of Illinois’ whitetail gun season was more exciting than any holiday or occasion. The firearm season was spent at Gary’s Grandpa’s house. (This home still stands next to Heartland and now Gary resides there.) The Illinois gun season always opens on a Friday and all the local schools close for the occasion. Gary grew up in Quincy, but just the same, he would get excused from school and make the exciting drive to the area where Heartland Lodge is now located.

What makes us different than all the other whitetail outfitters in Illinois and the Midwest?

Long-term deer management – Most of our whitetail properties have been under our management for 10+ years. Some for 20+ years!

No smoke-and-mirrors marketing – All of our deer photos and trail cam photos are from our hunters and properties. Many outfitters post photos of friends’ and families’ deer, along with trail cam photos on properties you will never be hunting.

Full time whitetail guides – Year-round whitetail guides and supporting staff. Most outfitters are only part time operations. At Heartland Lodge, we are a full-time whitetail outfitter that starts preparing for our next hunt the day after deer season ends

Our guides do not hunt the properties – Many outfitters allow their guides to hunt the same stands and properties as the hunters decreasing your opportunities.

Personal Service – We stay “small” by choice and only have one deer camp/lodge. We like to develop long-term friendships with all of our hunters. You will see the owner every day at the lodge. Low pressure and low volume on our properties keeps those mature whitetails from going nocturnal. Many outfitters run a high volume operation and you are just a number to them. We want you to be just as excited to return to Heartland as when you first arrived.

23+ Years – Many outfitters come and go, Heartland Lodge has been a whitetail outfitter in Pike County IL for over 23+ years!

Hunting Tradition – Your stay with us is more than a deer hunt. It’s part of a strong hunting tradition that started back when Heartland’s owner, Gary Harpole, was a child. Each year new traditions are being created by our guests. It’s our hope that you create your own memories at Heartland with your family or friends and carry on a tradition that started many years ago.

**includes guides, meals, accommodations & game cleaning

All bookings are double occupancy in regular room at the Original Lodge, unless other arrangements are made. Private rooms can be arranged if available. All rooms have private baths. As part of the care and maintenance inside our lodge, we ask that you bring slippers or wear socks. Boots and shoes are removed in the mud room. The Original Lodge is for hunters only October – December 25th. Prairie Ridge Lodge is for hunters only the entire month of November.

Non-hunting guests are welcome. The rate is $100 ($125 in the fall) for each night for a regular room. Call for pricing on other rooms.

Private rooms are available upon request.

$100 for a private regular room (Jan-September) each night at The Original Lodge.

$125 for a private regular room (Oct-Dec) each night at The Original Lodge.

$150 for the Angler room (Queen Bed) each night at The Original Lodge.

$175 for the Whitetail suite (King Bed & Jacuzzi) each night at The Original Lodge

Other Trips We Provide
100% paid in-person when the trip begins
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Whitetail Deer
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Hunting Methods:
Hunting from a stand
Driven hunt