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In This Issue
Five Pheasant Hunting Tips For Beginners
Sizzling Winter and Spring Special
What Size Shot To Use?
Is Your Dog Gun Shy?
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Pheasant Hunting

Quail Hunts

Pheasant and Quail Hunts

 Upland Bird Hunting Conditions

 Upland Bird Hunting Packages

Bringing Your Own Dog

Miscellaneous Information

Upland Bird Hunt Reservations

What To Bring


Five Pheasant Hunting Tips For Beginners

Setter On Point 

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As an experienced world traveler who commonly stays at 5-Star resorts, I have not seen the quality of service at the afore-mentioned resorts that I have witnessed here.  With respect to the Upland Hunt, it is second to none.  Guides, dogs, hospitality and most importantly patience prevails.  I can't wait to bring family and friends.


-Dr. Matt Grothaus, Bryan, OH



You guys run a top notch operation. The food, guides - personal ARE second to none!. The dogs are the best I have hunted with. When you can joke and cut up with your guide it makes for a fun experience, one that I will never forget. I had the time of my life and can't wait to return. Thanks for everything!"  


-Todd Harner

Washington, IN



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Although the 2012 hunting season has past and the 2013 winter hunts have begun, I would like to glance back at last year's hunts. The fall hunts where great. We had a lot of returning costumers and some new ones. The bird population was up which made for great hunts. The best thing for me was spending time with my hunting friends and sharing what was happening in each of our lives. It was great to meet new friends and share stories with them. I look forward to seeing them again so we can make more hunting memories. Anyone who knows me knows I like to talk about past hunting experiences. I might even tell you stories about my other life experiences. Some say I should write a book on my guiding experiences or even have a reality TV show at the Abney house.


I would like to thank you for hunting and taking time out of your busy life to spend time with me.


Terry Abney


Ps. I look forward to creating more stories with you this year.

Sizzling Winter and Spring Bird Hunter Special

hughsHeartland Lodge is once again offering a

Sizzling Winter & Spring Bird Hunter's Special from February 10th- March 31st! Based on availability, you can get into some excellent upland wing-shooting. Our special package will include the following.  Upland Special Details>>>


What Size of Shot do I Need?

 terry allen

I am often asked what size shot hunters need when hunting quail and pheasants. The first thing I need to know is what gauge of shotgun you are using. If you are using a 12 gauge or 20 gauge I would recommend 7 shot.  If it is windy or the birds are getting up early I would back it up with a 6  for a second shot. More on shot selection>>> 

Is Your Dog Gun Shy???


My past dog training experiences have proveduno
that most dog problems are man-made. Gun shyness is one of them.  In fact I have seen and heard of several methods about how to break a dog of gun shyness. However, I have been taught that the best way to introduce gunfire to a dog is to keep the dog focused on a certain object, such as a bird. Then, while they are excited about the bird, you can introduce gunfire. Learn more about training tips>>>


Please give me a call or e-mail to reserve your dates for this winter or spring hunt.

I look forward to seeing you in the field!





Terry Abney
Harpole's Heartland Lodge


Harpole's Heartland Lodge
RR 1 Box 8a

Nebo, IL  62355


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