Family Ice Fishing Day Update

Due to Weather Conditions the Event Has Been Moved

Due to the unusually cold temperatures we finally have safe Ice for the FAMILY ICE FISHING DAY. We’ve decided to replace the Wild Game Feed with the Family Ice Fishing Day this weekend. Please let everyone know and come out this Saturday Feb. 28 to Highland Hunting for a family fun event!

Event Details

  • Where: Highland Hunting Preserve
  • When: February 28, 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.

Highland Featured in Press Pros Magazine

Following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in Press Pros Magazine Online on December 28, 2014. To read the full article, you can click the headline to open the article in a new window.

High Flyin’ Eatin’: The Best Last Hunt Of The Year…Ever!

Back from one trip to the west, a different twist to another hunting trip and a willing appetite got me back on the road again for one last shot at Iowa roosters.

Riverside, Iowa – When you’ve chased as many wild rooster pheasants as my son Matt and I have over the years, it’s pretty apparent…it’s what we love.

Good shotguns.  Good friends.  Good dogs.  Good shooting, and a good evening by the fire at the Highland Hideaway Lodge here in Riverside, Iowa this weekend to bid a fond closure to another year.

But always…I want one more good hunt, and one more different experience, to finish the hunting season.  That’s what I was looking for earlier this fall when I invited Bill Glover to accompany me, Matt, and Press Pros sponsor Jim Hemmelgarn, from Sidney, Ohio on my traditional holiday hunt at the Highlands Lodge in Riverside, Iowa.

Who is Bill Glover, you ask?  And why him, specifically?  Wait til you hear. READ MORE…

Iowa Pheasant Hunting Preserve Article

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.