Hunting on a preserve has often been criticized and described as unexciting and according to some the birds often refuse to fly. I may have shared that attitude until 2009 when I was exposed to preserve hunting for the first time and began guiding professionally at Harpole's Heartland Lodge in Nebo, IL. With the decline of wild bird populations in Illinois and Iowa most area preserves have gained in popularity as a way for hunters to work their gun dogs and to continue the outdoor experience. The preserve industry takes great pride in providing a bird that closely mimics what you would encounter while wild bird hunting and most clients find it to be more challenging than expected. If you have limited time or no access to dogs the preserve hunt is a great way to get out in the field and see some quick action and superior dog work.