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Tom F. commented on 21-Nov-2017 02:12 PM
8 of us met @ Heritage in early November. Travis & all the staff are so nice & accommodating. Everything from the hunting, to the meals, to the social interaction & the dogs are all fantastic. I have always been hesitant about "game farms" but Heritage is top notch & every hunt we did was fun! Would go back in a heartbeat!!
Uncle T commented on 10-Oct-2017 06:48 PM
For selfish reasons, I admit that I'm hesitant to tell the world about this place. The Ewings make you feel part of their clan and make it really hard to check out. Everything from the hunt, the food, and comradery provides for the best get-away you'll ever find.
Corey Thorson commented on 18-May-2017 11:53 AM
Turkey hunt at Heritage: I've known Travis and his family for quite a few years having taught and coached him while he was in high school. Travis has been gracious enough to allow myself and my family the opportunity to come to Heritage and turkey hunt the last few years. Each year we have managed to harvest at least one turkey. There is definitely no shortage of turkeys on the Ewing farms. On a morning hunt this spring my son and I heard at least 8 different birds gobbling. We ended up seeing 3 toms and we were lucky enough to harvest one of them using archery gear. If you are looking for a great place to come and do a spring turkey hunt, Heritage is a great choice. The lodge is amazing, birds are plentiful, and Travis will treat you right.
Andrew R commented on 09-Feb-2017 07:05 PM
I first learned about Heritage through a family friend. They had nothing but great things to say about the lodge. Being from Atlanta, I was hesitant to make the trek to Iowa, but gave it a shot. In the end, I couldn't imagine having a better trip. Immediately when my father and I got to the lodge, both Travis and Abby made us feel right at home. The lodge and amenities make for a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. As for the hunts, I couldn't have asked for a better turnout. Travis' hunting dogs were some of the most well trained and hardworking dogs I have seen in action, and my father and I were able to harvest far more birds than I had expected going into the trip. All in all, the trip was just the get away I needed, and I will remember my time there forever.
Clint W. commented on 29-Nov-2016 05:49 PM
My Uncle and I met Heritage and Travis last year at the The Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA Having never hunted upland in Iowa before, we went with our gut after speaking for sometime with Travis. I'm sure glad we did, as we had an amazing time. We hunted the premium package in late October/November 2016. The weather was perfect, as was everything else we experienced. I am 39 and my uncle 72. His friend also came with us who is 75. John (75) had trouble walking for as much as we did, but this was not even an issue. Travis and his grandfather brought a Polaris Ranger for John to hunt out of so he could experience the hunt with us without missing a beat. I don't think it was ever a question as to what they would do, they just did it to make our experience that much better. We hunted mostly behind Travis' GSP's, but also hunted with pointing labs which were Jared's, a second guide's dogs. Both were great, though I prefer the GSP's myself. Both Travis and Jared made every effort to make sure we capitalized on our hunts. They have everything down pat. Extra shells (you'll need them as we shot over 100 pheasant and quail) as well as water, etc. I would be remiss if i didn't mention Tim (camp Cook). Tim and Grandma Judy made amazing meals, all three squares. No lie, the food was $$$ quality as Tim owns his own restaurant too we found out. You like coconut? Grandma will make your favorite coconut treats for you too, whatever you fancy. We already are planning dates for next year and bringing a few more buddies to share in the experience. Feel free to ask Abby for my number if you want to know more.
John T. commented on 24-Nov-2016 12:19 PM
I went to Heritage with a friend and his son last month and had a fantastic time. I highly recommend Heritage. Everyone at Heritage worked very hard to make sure we had a great time and a good hunt. Travis is a great guide. Tim cooked some fantastic food for us. Abby and everyone else at Heritage were very accommodating, picking us up and taking us to the airport. Oh, and the hunting was fantastic too, lots and lots of birds.
Jim P. commented on 23-Nov-2016 05:23 PM
We’re a group of 4 to 8 (depending on the year) who have been getting together once a year for the past 12 years for a two-day bird hunt. We are all life-long hunters ranging in age from mid-50’s to mid-70’s with much experience hunting wild birds. Our primary interest is in a quality hunting experience (good dog-work, knowledgeable guides, abundant strong-flying birds, and managed mixed cover of crop fields and woodland edges capable of sustaining a wild-bird population). In addition, we also expect comfortable accommodations and home-cooked meals. When we find a lodge that meets these criteria, and with staff and guides who we like, we typically return multiple years in succession. This was our first visit to Heritage 1865. Heritage 1865 as advertised is a fifth (or sixth?) generation family farm managed by Travis Ewing (who also guides) and his wife Abby; and with advice, help, and encouragement from Dad, Mom, Grandpa and Grandma. The Ewing family are down-to-earth folks who were gracious hosts. There are 2,500 acres of huntable land. The lodge is a small operation with accommodations for eight in double rooms. Our accommodations were clean, comfortable, and spacious. Local restauranteur, Tim Holmes, prepared our group preferences in the lodge kitchen and served family style in the great room. Tim cooks like my mother cooked…a high compliment. Travis and Abby are eager to please and it’s clear that they want to make Heritage 1865 well known for providing a high-quality hunting experience. Speaking for myself and judging the opinion of my companions from our last evening’s dinner table conversation, we will return next year.
Dick M. commented on 23-Nov-2016 05:01 PM
We have already booked next year. That should say it all. Lodge is very comfortable and clean, food is the best (Thanks Tim), the bird hunting cannot be equaled, and the family that owns and runs this great operation can come and stay at my house any time they want. Do I need to say more? Oh yea, I have 6 additional hunters going back with me next year....they want more than pictures.
Mike commented on 17-Nov-2016 01:07 PM
Two friends and I just returned from a 3 day hunt at Heritage 1865 and had a wonderful experience. We hunted about 3 hours each morning and afternoon and had numerous opportunities to shoot pheasants and quail in a different field each time. They had lots of good dogs of various breeds, but German Shorthair Dozer was our favorite.
The lodge was very nice, and all the staff tried their best to make our stay enjoyable. They asked in advance what we wanted to eat and drink and did a good job meeting our needs. They also have a chef named Tim who is not only a nice person but came in and cooked 3 meals a day for us, all of which were very tasty but a lot more food than we could eat.
Overall it was a great experience and I highly recommend. We have already booked a hunt for next year.
Thomas R. commented on 04-Nov-2016 10:24 AM
After taking time to reflect about our trip to Heritage 1865, I would like to say what an amazing experience we had. I want to try and cover each and every aspect of our trip. My friend Harry, a disabled veteran, and I booked this trip in Harrisburg, PA. Travis and his grandpa went out of their way to make Harry feel welcome and special. I can't thank them enough. Harry went there feeling like a disabled person and came home feeling, as he put it, handi-able. With the help of Travis and his grandpa, Harry was able to harvest 9 pheasants and a quail, well above our expectations. To see the smile on his face was the most rewarding feeling a person could feel. AGAIN, THANK YOU. The lodge was everything you could ask for, easy to get around and very relaxing after the hunt. The bedrooms and bathrooms were also excellent. The bar was also very nice. If you don't see what you want, ask and they do everything they can to accommodate you. Now the hunting...I can't put into words the experience that we had. I brought my two German Shorthair Pointers with me. My dogs and their dogs worked in perfect harmony from day one. They have excellent dogs if you don't have your own. If you have your own, they are more than welcome by Heritage 1865 staff. We also had another guide named Jared who brought his pointing labs. We had great success with them as well and they worked great with both of my dogs. All in all it was one of the most enjoyable hunts that either one of us has been on. There were more birds than I could ever have imagined, the fields were awesome, and most of all, the staff was absolutely the best. If you want A GREAT HUNT, DO NOT HESITATE to go to Heritage 1865. You won't regret it . Again, thank you to the staff for making Harry and I feel so welcome and part of your family.
Shawn Smith commented on 25-Oct-2016 08:42 AM
Three years ago I purchased my first bird hunting dog, a German Shorthair, Hanns. Working thru the training process and then hunting behind him became a real joy. It was so enjoyable that I proceeded in purchasing a second German Shorthair, a female we named Belle. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to do some hunting in the Midwest, so I decided it was time to find an outfitter that provided Upland Game Bird Hunting. I decided on Heritage 1865 in Iowa. I organized a group of friends to attend. It was very apparent after arriving and then hunting that first morning that we made an excellent decision. The hunting was 3 days of non-stop action. Birds were plentiful, the dogs were awesome and the Ewing Family was a joy to work with. Travis and his wife Abby were very accommodating and a pleasure to spend time with. Spending time at the lodge was relaxing and food prepared by the onsite chief was a treat. We look forward to returning next season.
Shane and Amy Frevert commented on 15-Feb-2016 06:26 PM
Last October my wife and I had our wedding reception at Heritage 1865 and we couldn't have had a better experience anywhere else! The Ewing family are wonderful people to work with and they are very accommodating. The lodge is very beautiful on the inside and out along with the excellent location out in the country. They have a huge kitchen inside which was great for our caterer and multiple bathrooms plus a bar for our guests. There are so many great things to say and see at Heritage 1865 that it makes it impossible to name them all. Our family and guests had a excellent time and Amy and I had a wonderful and memorable experience! Thanks again to the Ewing Family, Best wishes!
Kevin J commented on 16-Dec-2015 12:02 PM
The pictures online do not do this place any justice. The lodge and the land are everything you could imagine and more. Travis is a skilled hunter who really knows his way around the land and is also a very knowledgeable guide. This was an awesome weekend getaway and I would like to thank everyone at heritage for the great experience! I can't wait to come back!
Jim S. commented on 25-Aug-2015 09:29 AM
The #1 getaway in Southern Iowa!! Our entire family enjoyed every minute of our stay, we have never had so much hospitality at the time we arrived at any other resort we have ever stayed at. Very private getaway and very beautiful lodge! We will be repeat customers!!
Brian V commented on 20-Aug-2015 10:32 AM
We were down to the wire finding a spot for a family get-away before school started, and luckily I found Heritage 1865! This is perfect for one or more families. With four bedrooms, it's easy to segregate the adults and the kids so everyone has plenty of space and privacy. We spent the bulk of our time swimming in the small lake, just a hundred feet from the back door. The lake was clean, with a sand beach area and a nice dock. The kids loved the kayaks & paddle boats too. Evenings were spent sitting around the fire pit making s'mores. The lodge is absolutely gorgeous. The front porch is very welcoming, and as you enter and look down to the large open area below, it takes your breath away. Tons of room to lounge around and watch TV, eat meals, play pool, or just visit. Bathrooms are very nice, with three showers/sinks and plenty of room for everyone to get ready for the day. This is so much more relaxing than fighting the crowds at the typical family vacation destinations, and the kids still had a blast. The owners were absolutely gracious, helpful and welcoming. Travis met us on our arrival and stopped by multiple times while we were there to help us with things, or just check to make sure everything was ok. Shawna was great to work with trying to squeeze our trip in between existing reservations. Met most of the family on the day we checked out, and they are all wonderful people. We will definitely be back, probably with more friends and family!
Daniel Cozza commented on 10-Aug-2015 10:17 AM
For my anniversary, my wife arranged a hunt for me and my son, Colton. When we arrived, we were greeted by greeted by Travis and lodge manager, Barney. 5 minutes after stepping out of the truck, it felt like being around family!
After our first outing with Travis, we were left in the excellent care of guide Tad and his fine pointers. Tad is more than a guide, he is a gentleman that cares about the client's experience and is eager to please. You can see that the lodge is beautiful and comfortable. Meals were family style and delicious (thanks to both Barney's wife Jane and Travis's grandma). I have been blessed to hunt with many people but none finer than Travis, Tad and his father Barney. My son and I eagerly look forward to our 2015 fall visit and the camaraderie and friendship that is Heritage 1865!
Jeff Warren commented on 28-Jan-2015 09:54 AM
Had a great hunt with L&E Outfitters! Exceptional bird hunting with great guides and dogs! The outfitter really took care of us on our trip. Can't wait to return and do it again.
Tommy Permenter commented on 28-Jan-2015 09:54 AM
Many thanks to L & E Outfitters for an excellent upland hunt! Top notch guides and dogs! L & E Outfitters sure knows how to provide a high quality hunting experience! I'm planning on bringing my wife and daughter on my next trip!
Jack Fleury commented on 28-Jan-2015 09:53 AM
As an avid bird hunter, I've been fortunate enough to hunt in some great spots across the country. When the opportunity arose to go bird hunting at Ewing Lodge in Russell, Iowa, I jumped at the chance. I normally hunt with my own bird dog and although I was encouraged to bring my own dog along, I ended up leaving her home for this hunt due to my travel schedule. Our group's experience was phenomenal. The bird hunting was great and the guides, dogs and fields we hunted were all first class. The entire Ewing clan were as welcoming and hospitable as you'll ever find and mealtime in Russell, Iowa is as memorable as the hunts. I look forward to many future hunts at Ewing Lodge and plan to bring some of our younger generation along with me next time.
Peter Carroccio commented on 28-Jan-2015 09:52 AM
Dear Travis,
Thank you for the amazing experience that we recently had at Ewing Lodge. From the moment we arrived we were treated as a family member. The hospitality, lodging, food, and the pheasant hunting are second to none. I have been an avid hunter my entire life, and Ewing Lodge has been the greatest experience that me and my brothers have had upland bird hunting to date. Ewing Lodge has first class fields, Guides, dogs, and the quantity and quality of birds was superb. Please place us on your “lifetime guest” list, as we look forward to returning to Ewing Lodge every year going forward. We all had an amazing experience, and have great memories to last a lifetime.