The Shooting Sportsman Endorsed Lodge program continues its “behind the scenes” series with Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, in west-central Illinois. Lodge owner Gary Harpole offered…
The one final—and very personal—thing missing from Harpole’s Heartland Lodge.
Pheasants over the Guns at Heartland Lodge
For me, though, the essence of Heartland Lodge was captured in the final image of our last day’s hunt, a perfect blue-sky December day spent in the field with guide Terry Abney: the sudden blaze of sunset on a cackling rooster’s wings, the gun’s thump against my shoulder, and out there beyond the dogs, right where the hillside falls away, the sight of golden feathers bursting like a firecracker and the big bird tumbling, tumbling down.