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Heroes Hunt Featured in Setter Tales TV

We’re proud to share this episode of Sweet Point’s Setter Tales featuring the Heroes Hunt here at Highland Hunting. Thanks to Wade and the Setter Tales crew for helping us tell the story of this great event. A special thanks to Linn County Pheasants Forever for making this great event happen!


Introduction to Upland Hunting and Sporting Clays

Discover the Fun of Upland Hunting!

Edible Outdoors Event – Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM 

We would like to welcome all of you to this new and exciting event at Highland Hunting. This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about upland hunting, and clay target shooting. This event is open to a variety of skill level – you can be a beginner who has never hunted to someone who would like to sharpen their hunting skills. We will be focusing on the safety aspects of upland hunting and clay target shooting, gear needed, the role hunters have in wildlife management, things to do before and after a hunt or sporting clays event, and much more!

We have some great guest speakers that will be involved with this event and a chance to talk to all of them as they share their experiences with all of us.

This is what the day looks like so far:Upland Hunting Seminar

  • 8:00am – Introduction to Highland Hunting, house Keeping and an overview of the day  (Highland Staff)
  •  8:30am – History of Upland hunting/Safety presentation from Iowa DNR
  • 9:15 break
  • 9:30 – A dogs role in the hunt, along with the safety of the dog, nutrition and heath.  (speaker Steve Ries with Top Gun Kennels)
  • 10:15 – Introduction to firearm safety, basics of wing shooting, questions
  • 11:00 – Range time with participants and shooting instruction, along with hunting instruction/how to hunt in a group.
  • 12:15 -Lunch, determine groups (group size of 4), meet and great with groups guides.
  • 1:00 – 3:30  Head to field for pheasant hunt.
  • 3:45 – 4:15 – How to prepare the game, field dressing, and care.
  • 4:30– Questions, Depart for day.


Cost & Details:

The cost is $210 per person (plus processing fee) and includes the Hunt, 3 bird limit per person, guide and dogs, guns if needed (but would encourage you to bring your own), shells for clays, shells for hunting, lunch, clay target shooting.  Most important part of it all it includes a great time, and an information introduction to the great outdoors.

Participants need to have the following items:

  • Hunting and habitat license
  • Blaze orange hat
  • Blaze orange vest (optional)
  • Jeans or brush pants
  • Leather boots (hunting, hiking, work)
  • Lite gloves (optional)
  • Eye protection (sunglasses or shooting or safety glasses)


For more information or to purchase tickets online go HERE.


Happy New Year from HHH!

A Glance Back at 2014

Another year has passed, and my does it goes by way too fast.  I always enjoy this time of the year as I find myself reflecting on all the amazing events, activities, and gatherings that have taken place here at Highland.

I would like to take this time to thank all of you for being such loyal customers and allowing Highland Hunting to accommodate you, your family, friends, clients, or whatever the case may be, Thank you for letting Highland Hunting be a part of it!

As I mentioned we are so blessed to have loyal customers that continue to share traditions, new memories, and new adventures with us here at Highland Hunting.  We truly enjoy seeing familiar faces throughout the year, along with many new ones as well.  With this being our 15th season it has been a real joy to see many families grow, and watch many young hunters grow to young adults.

I can’t say it enough, whether we see you on the sporting clay range, in the field chasing birds, or in some cases both, we want to thank all of you for allowing Highland Hunting to accommodate you, your families, group events/outings, and appreciate all of the continue business throughout the years.  Without great folks like you Highland Hunting would not continue to grow.

Have a great New Year and make 2015 one to remember!
– Ryan Giannini

Sporting Clay Complex

This was a great year on the Highland Sporting Clay range, we hosted many new events along with events that continue to grow year after year.

During the 2014 sporting clay season we threw over 251,000 targets!

This year we hosted for the first time, the Iowa High School Sporting Clays Championship in June.  This was a great event and an amazing thing to be a part of, the youth shooting sports program is growing at an accelerated rate.  The potential and skill out there in these young shooters, shows the dedication of the DNR staff, coaches and students participating.  We look forward to to seeing the youth shooting sports evolve.

Another favorite event among many is the Ronald McDonald House shoot, this was the 9th year for this event and they continue to grow with an amazing $26,500 raised for the 2014 shoot.  180 shooters participated in this event makes this the largest sporting clay shoot in Iowa, and we are proud to be the host!

We are gearing up for another great year on the range, and we look forward to seeing all of you soon!


View from the Field

As always at Highland we continue to strive to have the best upland habitat available for all of our hunters to enjoy.  We have plans to conduct a few prescribed burns to improve the cover, create more winter food cover plots, enhance the quality of the cover in a couple of fields, and experiment with a few other food sources for the food plots.

Hatchery Report

With this being the 15th season, this past summer we completed many small projects on the farm that updated things after 15 years of use.   A couple of the aviaries were in need of some up keep and repair and with the great weather we had this summer it allowed us to get these complete.

We also had a great year in the hatchery with a very successful hatch.  We hatched just over 27,000 pheasant chicks this season, and raised just over 20,000 to maturity.

The Aiming for a Cure Foundation Celebrity hunt will take place March 20th and 21st.  The hunt is sold out, but there are still banquet tickets available.  Click Here to purchase a ticket to the banquet.  Hope to see you all there!

HHH Annual Canoe Trip

Ryan and Jason continued the tradition with taking all the trappers and seasonal summer help on a canoe trip down the Iowa River in August.  The crew did great, and only had one tip over this year!

Staff Updates

The Giannini’s

Ryan and Kate continue to be amazed at watching their son grow up, and boy it happens fast.  Easton has already had a few days on the job , and keeps Ryan on his toes as Easton runs the lodge.  (Above Left) The Giannini Family was able to continue their family tradition of pheasant hunting on Christmas Day, Kate scored a wild rooster, and Easton had a blast.  (Above Right) Ryan was named an honoree of the Corridor Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award.  This distinguish award honors 40 leaders under the age of 40 in the corridor that are making a difference.  Ryan was honored because of his efforts with the Aiming For a Cure Foundation, Highland Hideaway Hunting, Compass Resource Management, and the Highland Shooting Sports Team.  

Ron Rath

Ron had a great spring with many custom native seeding projects completed.  Also, last winter Ron purchased a 1956 Ford Customline, which was the first car he ever owned.  Last summer he started slowly working on this project, with plans to get it ready for a summer road trip in 2015.  Ron and his friend Ruth, had a great year, and are looking forward to continued adventures in 2015.  

Jason Vanderlinden

Last year Jason and his wonderful wife, Megan were united in marriage in June at Backbone State Park.  HHH crew had a blast celebrating the happy couple, and many memories were made.  Jason had another great year fishing with his dad, and probably the best hunting season he’s had while sharing it with his lab Bailey.  Jason truly looks forward to 2015,  and the upcoming sporting clay shoots, Thursday night cook-outs, prairie burning, habitat management, and making memories with his friends and customers at HHH.

Upcoming Events:

January 24th – Family Ice Fishing Day
February 7th – Wild Game Feed
February 20-22nd – Pheasant Fest, Des Moines, IA
March 14th – Cabin Fever Hunt
March 20th-21st – Aiming for a Cure Foundation

Check out our Calendar for more detailed information on upcoming events.

Don’t forget, the hunting lodge is available for rent for your next event!  Weddings, birthdays, reunions, getaways, employee or client outings, bachelor/bachelorette parties, scrap booking or quilting getaways.  Take advantage of our facility, services, and grounds for a relaxing, welcoming event.