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Highland Hunting Closed New Years Day

Happy New Year!

Highland Hunting will be closed January 1, 2015 to celebrate New Years Day. We look forward to seeing all of you out here when we open again on January 2nd and throughout the rest of the year.

Hunting 2015 New Year



Family Ice Fishing Day

3rd Annual Family Ice Fishing Day

Don’t let the weather keep you away from outdoor fun. Come join us for our 3rd annual Ice Fishing Day at Highland Hunting! This will be a fun-filled day of fishing, prize giveaways and education for everyone. Once again this is a fundraising event with part of the proceeds going to the Riverside Fire Department.

Event Details

  • Where: Highland Hunting Preserve
  • When: January 24, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Cost: $20 per family (includes lunch & dessert, fishing and door prize tickets)
  • Prizes: Everyone is entered for door prizes and there are a number of ways to win prizes while fishing.
  • Ice Fishing Safety: Free Fish Iowa and Aquatic Education handouts and booklets for the kids
  • Food: Lunch is included and snacks are available throughout the day
  • You can view or download the event flyer HERE.


** There will be a live rescue demonstration by the Riverside Fire Department starting at 10:00 am. **

Don’t have gear? We will have a limited supply of gear available for your use at the event. All children 15 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult with a current and valid Iowa fishing license.

Please note that ice conditions must be safe for the event and we will post any updates or changes on our website and Facebook pages.





A Special Hunting Testimonial

Highland Hideaway: An Outstanding Bird-Hunter’s Destination

Anyone who considers an afternoon bird hunt or an extended stay at Highland Hideaway in Riverside, Iowa, should put aside their second thoughts and sign up for the excitement – if our experience is any guide, guests can expect fine wing-shooting behind seasoned bird dogs, challenging opportunities and warm hospitality in every aspect of their visit.

Our group of five hunters recently returned from a 3 ½ day hunt in mid-October, 2008, and the only downside was the prospect of departing. As enthusiastic bird hunters who have shared shot gunning experiences in our corner of Southeast Georgia and many fields abroad, we were excited when our partner, Steve Hartkemeyer of Jacksonville Beach, FL and a native of Cedar Rapids, made arrangements for our group of five to hunt pheasant and chukar near his hometown.

Ryan Giannini met us at the airport and led us to the property where Ron Rath welcomed us with the kind of hospitality that made us feel right at home. The spacious lodge can accommodate large groups and features all the amenities hunters appreciate, and Ron served up all the fine meals necessary to keep up our energy for challenging hunts, almost all rugged enough to test any hunter’s stamina. We teamed up with guide Wes Boothe, who brought his trio of Vizslas and added a German Shorthair to a lead us on our final day, and over the next four Iowa days we enjoyed some of the finest hunting we’ve had anywhere in the world.

Even though the preserve augments native pheasant populations on their extensive acreage, don’t make the mistake of believing the shots will be tame – these were challenging circumstances behind every opportunity, and more than a few birds proved too wily for our abilities. Wes’ dogs behaved like real ladies, locking on picture-perfect points while gracefully forgiving our frequent misses, and Steve’s exuberant Labrador Retriever, Maggie, was a natural hunter who backed the pointers and found more than her share of own birds, all with good humor. Like I said, we had magnificent hunting breeds behind us. Mr. Boothe, on the other hand, initially added his own excuses about our poor marksmanship to the conversation, but before long began to berate our shortcomings roundly, becoming more eloquent about our inabilities with shotgun and, as the days progressed, even raised questions about our character and manhood. We responded in kind, and developed a fine friendship with a man blessed with wonderful canine companions.

Upon departure, Ryan helped haul our group, gear, and a generous cooler of pheasant fillets to the airport, an easy, 40-minute drive to Cedar Rapids, where even TSA employees were familiar with hunters returning with firearms and so check-in procedures were a breeze. We’re all hoping to share another outing at Highland Hideaway in hilly southeastern Iowa next season, if not sooner. We could not recommend this destination more highly to any hunter who appreciates a generous portion of “fair-chase” bird hunting behind great pointing dogs with like-minded friends. Our stay was simply wonderful!



John Bell, Robbie Cheek, Steve Hartkemeyer, Mark Jicha, and Dan Smith

Southeast Georgia & North Florida