Heartland Lodge and Illinois waterfowl hunting cannot be compared to any other duck hunting area in the United States. Hunt diver ducks, such as Canvas Backs, along the great Mississippi River, or Mallards, Wood Ducks, and Teal in the flooded bean, corn and millet fields.
The experience doesn't end in the field. You'll instantly feel comfortable with home-cooked meals and friendly staff who are always at Heartland Lodge.
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Waterfowl Hunting Conditions
We provide pits and blinds located in flooded corn, bean, and millet fields. We like to take groups of 2-4 duck hunters. Pits and blinds are heated. Guests are driven to within a short walking distance of pits, shortly before legal shooting hours. Our professional waterfowl hunting guide will have decoys set and dog in place in anticipation of the morning's excitement.
Waterfowl Hunting Options
Duck Hunting - mallards, pintail, widgeon, gadwall, wood ducks, and teal along with Canadian geese from our flooded fields.
Waterfowl Hunting Packages
Waterfowl hunts are available from late October to January 31st. Illinios duck hunting season is anticipated to open the last Saturday in October, running 60 consecutive days, through December. Illinois goose hunting will run in conjunction with duck season but will continue through the end of January.
Four-night, Three-day Duck Hunting Package - Arrive the day before your hunt, between 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hunt for three days and depart after breakfast on the fifth day.
Three-night, Two-day Duck Hunting Package - Arrive the day before the hunt, between 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hunt for two days and depart after breakfast on the fourth day.
If limiting out early on duck hunting, or if the ducks are not flying one day, an optional late morning upland hunt or round of sporting clays may be arranged. (A waterfowl hunt can be exchanged for a full morning upland hunt at no charge. But there is a charge to change an upland hunt to a waterfowl hunt.) All non-scheduled changes are subject to availability of personnel.
We recommend combination hunts with waterfowl in the morning and upland in the afternoon!
Waterfowl hunting licenses can be purchased online by going to the waterfowl section on our hunting links page, or direct at http://dnr.state.il.us/admin/. You will need to purchase the following:
- Five Day Hunting License or Full Season Hunting License
- Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp
- Federal Stamps can be purchased at your local sporting goods store or post office.
Bringing Your Own Dog
You may bring your own dog. The fee is $25 each night if staying in our kennel. Our kennels are outside and are 5' x 10'. Our waterfowl guides will not use their own dogs with client dogs.
We are not responsible for the quality of your hunt when using your own dog. Make sure your dog is in shape and is accustomed to hunting our conditions.
It is recommended that all hunters shoot a practice round of sporting clays the day before duck hunting. Please try to arrive around 3:00 p.m. the day before your hunt to shoot sporting clays. It is recommended that you schedule sporting clays in advance if you would like to shoot during your stay.
Visit our sporting clays course page for more information.
We have guns available for rent. Please call in advance to reserve a gun.
We have shells available for sale at the lodge for 20 and 12 gauges.
Please call our office at 1-800-717-4868 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book reservations.
Where Are We?
Heartland Lodge is in Pike County, Illinois, northeast of St. Louis, Missouri and southwest of Springfield, Illinois. Click here for directions and a map.
A payment of 50% of your total hunt is due when making your reservations.
If you are booking a fall hunt (September-January), all balances must be paid by September 1st. A processing fee of 10% of your total booking will be charged when canceling. If cancelation is after September 1st, your entire deposit will be lost. If someone in your original booking does not show, you will be charged the full amount of original amount booked. These policies will help us provide you better service.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the nearest major airport. For private planes, Quincy and Pittsfield airports are the closest. Visit our directions page for directions for driving to the lodge.
Open All Year
Come to Heartland for a get-away. This will give you the opportunity to check out the Lodge prior to booking a hunting trip. We are open all year. Our Illinois resort section has activities available for everyone to enjoy throughout the year!
What To Bring
- Your Gun
- Shooting Glasses
- Comfortable Boots
- Camera (Optional)
- Cooler (Optional)
- Slippers or Heavy Socks (Shoes are removed in mud room)
- Comfortable Shirt and Pants
Harpole's Heartland Lodge strives to give our guests the best experience possible. We understand that your upcoming trip is a significant investment. We offer trip insurance through North America's leading provider of Travel Insurance called "Travel Guard".
There are many circumstances that could change your plans. Please take a few minutes to learn how you can protect yourself. If you choose to decline this valuable coverage, you are assuming any financial loss associated with a cancelation or a change in your travel arrangements.