As a kid opening pheasant season could not come quick enough, I have been pheasant hunting most of my life and each morning of the hunt I get just as giddy as I did when I was 10. I have always enjoyed the outdoors growing up in Iowa and currently reside in Vinton, Iowa, with my German Shorthaired Pointer bird dogs.
I have been guiding with Highland since 2010 and Ron, Ryan and Kate do an exceptional job giving a hunter the best hunt possible. Highland is upland hunting the way you expect it to be with plenty of native habitat and birds that get up and fly.
I grew up in Oklahoma and Texas hunting quail so I have bird hunting in my blood. I have to admit, there is nothing quite like flushing a pheasant over a solid point. Ryan and everybody at Highland have put a lot of time and effort into creating a grade A establishment. From land management to service to accommodations, you won’t get a better hunting experience.
I enjoy Highland so much, I keep up a membership package so I can get out there as much as possible. Even when I’m not guiding, there’s a good chance you’ll find me knocking around the field with my dogs at the best hunting preserve in eastern Iowa.
I have been chasing Ringnecks around the State of Iowa for 32 yrs. Growing up in Iowa I always had dogs, but they were all flushing breeds. In 1995 I bought my first German Shorthaired Pointer as a family pet. As fate would have it, she could hunt. Since 1995 I’ve owned and trained seven German Shorthaired Pointers and currently own three dogs. Deja is my 6 year old German Shorthair, Gracie is my 13 month old Vizsla and lastly is Tina my 5 month old Vizsla. I became acquainted with Highland Hideaway Hunting in 2005 when I was invited to come hunt with a business associate. That one experience was so positive that we have purchased a custom corporate package every year since and have participated in the Aiming for a Cure Charity event, the Ronald McDonald House Charity Shoot, and the list goes on. Not only does Highland Hideaway Hunting provide a top quality upland hunting experience, but Ron, Ryan and Kate are committed to doing what they can to give back to the community.
Being a bird hunter since I was very young, I have hunted with and without dogs and have come to appreciate how much more enjoyable the hunt becomes with a trained hunting dog. I began guiding in the fall of 2004 at Highland Hideaway Hunt Club and have enjoyed the opportunities to meet all levels of hunters from so many different walks of life.
Whether hunting with family, friends or coworkers I encourage you to experience an amazing upland hunt behind quality hunting dogs.
My name is Donald (Don) Cross and I live near Newton, Iowa. I owned and operated my own Allis-Chalmers/AGCO business for 40 years and retired in 2006. I have worked for a guide for several game farms including Highland Hideaway Hunting and the Aiming for a Cure Foundation for the past several of years.
I have always enjoyed people and the outdoors, hunting and fishing and especially working with my four German Shorthaired Pointer bird dogs.
I have been proudly providing guide service to Highland Hideaway and Aiming for a Cure Foundation for the last couple of years. I am blessed to have an loving wife and three sons that love to hunt and love their hunting dogs. It is my desire to pass on the heritage of upland hunting in the Midwest to them. Being affiliated with a class operation like Highland gives me the honor of providing a hunt that is second to none. This is achieved through superior hunting grounds and outstanding customer attention and the overall experience provided to Highland clients. My personal goal is to provide an world class upland hunt and enjoy God’s great outdoors through a safe day afield. I look forward to meeting you in the field and guiding you to a memorable day of hunting with our outstanding group of GSP canine companions.
My first introduction to hunting involved chasing quail on my Granddad’s farm in Bates County Missouri in the mid 1960s. Opening day was always spent working the four to five coveys that inhabited 80 acres with Granddad and his pointer, Jack. I still remember the excitement when I got to carry my first shotgun, a 20 gauge, which although long retired still occupies a special place in my gun safe. Back then it was easy to find landowners willing to let you hunt and birds plentiful. It was during this time that I found that the dog work was the part of upland bird hunting that gave me the most pleasure. Watching a dog quartering a large field of CRP and slamming on point is what makes the hunt for me. In 2009 due to my retirement from a career in law enforcement I have been able to devote more time to the training of my own gun dog and was fortunate to have been given an opportunity to guide hunts at Highland Hideaway Gun Club. From the staff and guides associated with Highland I have learned the time and effort necessary to produce a finished gun dog and have been the beneficiary of their knowledge and experience. Through the process I have made a lot of lifelong friends and continue to meet great people with a similar love of the outdoors and hunting dogs. During the last two seasons at Highland I have had the opportunity to guide hunters from many states and have witnessed two 14 yr old hunters bag their first rooster over my setter, Lou. Trust me, it doesn’t get any better than that.
I’m sure you will find the working dogs at Highland Hideaway Gun Club to be some of the very best in the business and hope you have an opportunity to join us in the field.
I’ve been guiding for Highland since 2004 using German Shorthaired Pointers out of Top Gun Kennels. I started hunting pheasants when I was 12 and have been an avid upland hunter ever since. I’m also an active hunter of deer, turkey, ducks and geese.
I also enjoy fishing and spending time with my family. Come out and join us and we’ll put you with some incredible dogs on some of the most amazing natural hunting preserve ground you’ll find anywhere.
As an avid wild bird hunter I understand that having a well-trained versatile hunting companion can make the difference in the success of the hunt. Our family’s goal is to teach others how to train and breed better, more versatile hunting companions. Together with my wife, Jodie and daughter, Rachel, we have a Family business in breeding, raising, training German Shorthaired Pointers (Top Gun Kennels). Our greatest reward is seeing others whom we’ve shared knowledge and experience with succeed in reaching their training, hunting and personal goals. With 15 years experience, I’ve also had the opportunity to be the guide service for several premier hunting preserves in the Midwest including Highland Hideaway of Riverside, Iowa. I recently guided for the Former Governor Vilsack at the Iowa Governor’s Hunt. Our Family was recently recognized as having the 2006 German Shorthair Pointer Club of America’s Top Producing sire in “FC Top Gun Jake MH UT”. I am also very proud the Our Family is also the Founders of the ‘Aiming for a Cure Foundation’, raising money for children and Families dealing with cancer at the Children’s Hospital of Iowa at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Development funds are used for supporting research, pediatric oncology needs at the hospital, and care for the children and their Families during hospital stays.