Winghaven Lodge Testimonials

Russell and Michelle: Thank you again for another fabulous hunt and visit. Every aspect of the experience was perfect and the weather fully cooperated. My cousin Mike, was duly impressed and hasn’t stopped talking about the lodge, the birds, the dogs, the food and you all. We can’t thank you enough for your facility, hospitality, expertise, and the whole package. We can’t wait for next year

S. Smith, MO

Well the stars all aligned with the weather, so many birds flying like wild ones as any I ever shot at! And a great guide with my Parker 28 and Billy with my 28 O/U Franchi made for a perfect couple of days of wing shooting at my favorite place to be wing hunting! Never had the lodge to ourselves so that was special.

Billy and I had the hunt of a lifetime together (and I've had some spectacular hunts I'm my days both wild and preserve hunts I'm not over stating) what a perfect couple days you provided Russell along with a little evening bourbon and music along with your warm and friendly company. Billy is hooked ... He's saving for a yearly mid week hunt once a year!

P. Alexander, TN

My wife have enjoyed visiting Winghaven for the past three years and each time we have a great wing shooting adventure. we are able to bring out springer spaniels and they always get a great workout!

B. Bolton, FL

My friends and I enjoy our trips to Kentucky, the experience we get at Winghaven is spectacular every time!

L. Jones, AR

We visit various lodges throughout the hunting season and Winghaven is always our first booking every year, with private accommodations and outstanding birds in abundant numbers we always have a great time!

R May, UT

We have found a bird hunting home at Winghaven lodge, love it keep up the great work!

G. Fishback, OH

Thanks for accommodating us not only for great wing shooting, but also making available private meeting areas for our group to get together, we are fortunate to have a place like yours to enjoy! KY.

F. Louisville, KY

Our family wishes to thank you for making your lodge available to us over the holidays! The hunting, food and hospitality were all fabulous. We will be back!

B. Priddle, KY

Thanks so much for your hospitality, our group has been blown away by the great birds and excellent accommodations each time we visit!

R. Heedum, NE

What started out as a business hunting trip has turned into a great friendship, thanks for everything, see you soon!

D. Barker, WV

Coming back to visit family was made even better after visiting Winghaven! Everything was great and I will be back soon!

J. Mullen, GA

Getting away from the grind was on my mind when I discovered Winghaven lodge, it's an easy drive and very comfortable can't wait for next bird season!

C. Heflin, TN

My friends and I couldn't believe the numbers of birds we encountered while visiting Winghaven, thanks Russell and Michele you guys have a great place!

B Wilson, KY

Coming from New York was easier than crossing the city! I can't tell you how much I appreciated the one on one attention I was afforded during my stay with you! Save me a place next season. Thanks!

D. DeCaro, NY

Thanks so much for working with us, myself and my family enjoy our visits to Winghaven each and every time.

B. Fox, KY

After purchasing your hunt at a charity event nothing could have prepared me and my friend for the experience we received at your lodge! You and Michele are great hosts and the hunting was outstanding! I will be returning this season. Thanks.

V. Evans, KY

Michele & Russell, Just a short note to again thank you both for your hospitality last week. Your lodge and grounds are beautiful. The meals were outstanding. The Ribeye steak on Wednesday night was the best steak ever! The hunt itself was "priceless". To watch your dogs was quite an experience. You have a right to be very proud of all of them. Thank you again for a great experience, God willing I will be back.


Russell and Michele, Just a short note of thanks for the fine hospitality. The food and bourbon were on par with the hunting. I don't believe I've ever walked that far and put on weight. You need to be commended on accommodating the hunt to the weather conditions we encountered. Your guides and dogs were 1st class and brought up plenty of birds. Thanks also for getting my boots back to Cincinnati as we are covered with snow + ice and more is expected. You all have a good year and I'll hope to be amongst those returning with Sycamore's annual visit to Winghaven.


Hello Russell, I just wanted to say thanks very much for your hospitality. I had a great experience and needless to say a whole lot of fun. You have a great place there and I hope to make it back with Roger next year. If you are ever in Omaha please stop by, I would love to buy you lunch and even put you on the course for a round if you like. Take care!!!

Mike Antonio, PGA, Director of Golf: Happy Hollow Club

Hello Russell, Your entire team was great including Whiskey and Reggie! Came real close to taking Reggie home. We had a wonderful time and will for sure come back to see all the improvements.

J. Murray, KY

It was very re-assuring to me to hear that the Sycamore Group and David Todd frequent your great lodge. We are lucky to shoot here at home with them and have great respect for him and his group.

T. Paris, TN

Clearly you are making great decisions for improvements and the personal touch you all add made us feel “Like Home”! My son has now gone to several Orvis-endorsed facilities and he would probably go back to most, but he was very comfortable with you and your team and said “Let’s go back there for sure"!

Mark, Cincinnati, OH

Russell, Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much I enjoyed being at your lodge this past week. Everyone is enjoyable to be around and very interested in us having a great time. The hunting, accommodations and service is second to none. I am able to relax and enjoy myself, which is greatly needed and appreciated. Please tell Michelle I really enjoyed her cooking. Thanks again for the hospitality, and am hopeful I can come back in December.


Hi Russell, Scott and I had a great time during our visit to Winghaven. The accommodations and food was exceptional. Most of all for me, I enjoyed the guides and the dogs. Vaughn and Jim were both professionals and very enjoyable to be around. It was a pleasure to hunt with those two gentlemen. I know Scott hunted with another guide as well and he was very impressed with his services and attitude as well. The dogs were a joy to watch and experience. You have to be proud of your efforts and what you have to offer sportsman who enjoy the outdoors and the joy of watching well trained dogs do what they love most.

Dave Finke

Russell and Michelle, Just a quick note to thank you for putting on the best hunts I have experienced in years. This happened because the facilities are excellent, the guides are knowledgable and the dogs were the best I have experienced. This all happened because you and Michelle put your heart and sole into the operation. Thanks again.

Richard Blom, Lafayette, LA

Thank you Winghaven!! Russell: I want to thank you and Michele for the stupendous hospitality you showed Scott and I. I also want to thank you for putting two beginners with your best guide along with your Grand Champion pointing lab, Patty. And last but not least, thank you for the "Pappy."

George V. & Scott S.

Dear Russell: Thank you again for providing a perfect three days to our group. The food was wonderful, the accommodations were wonderful, and the hunting was wonderful. I'm exhausted. Every one of our guys went out of their way to say what a great time they had. You try very hard and succeed in making everything perfect. Thank you. I cannot wait until next year.

Steve Smith

We're still smiling about what a good time we had at your facility. The experience exceeded our expectations and, as you predicted, we're already contemplating a return trip in 2015. Here's wishing you the best during the upcoming holiday seasons and throughout your business season. Please give a pat from us to Whiskey and the little black vampire.

Ron and Suzy

Russell, Michele, and Miss Reggie, We rolled in on Thursday evening after being snow/ice bound in Buffalo WY for 36 hours. It was a 4000 mile round trip but well worth every mile! Folks, this was the vacation of a lifetime. Everything the magazines say about Winghaven Lodge is accurate. You run a absolutely top notch operation and we all enjoyed our time with you thoroughly! The bourbon tasting was a unexpected treat and I learned a lot. Thank You! Even Carol enjoyed it and she’s not much of a bourbon drinker. We look forward to hunting with you (and Reggie, of course) next year. Many thanks for all your work and kindness.

Dave & Carol
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