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Recent entries



Best brow tine buck of 2017?

Fri, January 26, 2018

Every now and then you see a real jaw dropper, something you’ve not seen in a whitetail rack in a long time, maybe ever? Aaron Smith of Lexington took this old Mason County swamp buck during the firearm season and the brow tines speak for themselves.  Great mass, great mature deer, good job Aaron, congrats!

be sure to get out and look for shed antlers from the one that got away, spring turkey and crappie fishing will be here before you know it

until next time, good luck and God bless,
Matt Cheever ~ Flatlander


My next hunting truck

Fri, January 05, 2018

I’ve had several trucks in my lifetime, from a small two-wheel drive Ford Ranger to a Crew Cab Chevy with long bed and four wheel drive, but is there ever really enough truck? My current truck has slightly more square footage than my first two college apartments…….combined! But I still don’t have enough room.

Let’s face it this time of year you can chase pert near every game specie in Illinois.  As I look through my overloaded pickup truck I have muzzleloader, shotguns, pistols, rifles, ice augers, sonar units, camo bibs, three kinds of boots, a bow, a cross bow, buckets of ice fishing tackle, waders, waterfowl ammo and gear, split hickory wood for the smoker or if I’m stranded and just need to survive.  I have blankets and stools, folding chairs for blinds, heaters, propane tanks, lanterns, skinning knives and rubber gloves. I have deer calls, safety harness, water bottles, hand warmers, two pair binoculars, range finder, black powder, braided ice fishing line, three pair of sun glasses, a bic lighter, four pair of gloves, two flashlights, another pistol, and another shotgun…..who’s is that? Oh well, figure it all out when I clean it out for spring fishing…………then I’ll put in cutting boards, fillet knives, vacuum packer, rods, reels, tackle, rain suits, sun lotion, bandaids, pliers, line cutters, minnow buckets, life jackets, flashlights, rod holders, planer boards, maybe keep the waders in there, flip flops, and still an extra shotgun?? Maybe it’s mine, I can’t remember with all this stuff.  I need a bigger truck

Remember a cluttered truck is the sign of living a good life, you can hunt deer, coyotes, geese, and run a trap line, you can ice fish and open water fish right now if you can find some. You can shoot trap, rifles, bows and anything else you want. While Illinois has its downfalls and most are political (we won’t get in to that) it’s full of great people (mostly) and even more opportunity. Be sure to get out there and end one season with a bang and start a new one. Load your truck up with gear grab some buddies, and your kids and their kids and get outdoors and enjoy this lovely winter weather, rumor has it Sunday has a heat wave of 30 degrees coming in, don’t miss it!

That all being said, next time I’m getting one of these.

Until next time, be safe and God bless,
Matt Cheever ~ Flatlander


A great start to the season!

Thu, October 05, 2017

The most rewarding part of being an outdoor writer is hearing folks hunting stories, not just another sighting of a spike buck or watching a coyote mouse in a field but what I really like are parents seeing their kids mature through the outdoors. I love to hear them brag on the next generation and they should, it’s our future, it’s our heritage staying alive through another generation.

I met Jim and Andrea Ritchie while taking in some good guitar playing while out with my brother one summer evening and I know Jim is an avid waterfowler and we immediately talked hunting.  Andrea mentioned their son’s passion for hunting, especially whitetail.  I wished them a good season and a good season has come!

Fifteen-year-old William Kafer Shot this Fulton Co. ten-point buck on opening morning around 9:00 with his bow at 25 yards.  The buck field dressed at 200 lbs. and will score approximately 135” P&Y !  Great Job Will!! Thanks for reading and supporting Heartland Outdoors, can’t wait to see what else comes your way this season!!

Until next time, be safe and God bless,
Matt Cheever -  Flatlander


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