Condon's Highland Hills Ranch wins ORVIS Lodge of the Year

Elite wingshooting destination sits at the top of industry

Manchester, Vermont-Highland Hills Ranch, nestled just outside Condon, Oregon, has clinched the esteemed title of 2024 Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year, marking its third triumph in this category.

Founded in 2002 by Sherman County native Dennis Macnab, the ranch has become a hallmark destination for upland bird hunters. The lodge was built by renowned contractor Dave Allstott of Heppner, Oregon.

Spanning 3,000 acres along Rock Creek, Highland Hills Ranch boasts an unparalleled environment tailored to the pursuits of bird hunting enthusiasts. This latest accolade follows previous wins as ORVIS Lodge of the Year in 2003 and 2012, with showings as runner-up for the Orvis award in recent years.

Dennis and Mindi Macnab, the proprietors, graciously accepted the 2024 Lodge of the Year Award at a ceremony held in Vermont on Thursday, March 4th. They took a moment to express their gratitude to the dedicated staff during an appreciation event last week, acknowledging their unwavering commitment throughout the 2023-2024 season.

Located in the outskirts of Condon, the ranch caters to an elite clientele. Townspeople often witness the arrival and departure of private jets at Condon's Linus Pauling Airfield.

Renowned for its upland bird hunting, the Condon region offers an exceptional habitat for pheasant, chukar, Hungarian partridge, and quail.

Highland Hills Ranch spares no effort in ensuring an unparalleled guest experience, with guides boasting elite gun-dog companions. Notably, guide Mike Highfield garnered recognition as a runner-up for the 2024 Wingshooting Guide of the Year award.

Beyond its allure to visitors from afar, Highland Hills Ranch serves as a significant local employer, providing opportunities for individuals within the community. Chef Keith Potter, a Condon native, has been at Highland Hills on-and-off since 2004, while Shellie Johnson, also hailing from Condon, has been a valued member of the staff for eleven years.

Orvis is a family-owned American company that sells sporting goods, clothing, and more for hunting, fly fishing, and other outdoor activities. Charles F. Orvis founded the company in Manchester, Vermont in 1856, making it the oldest mail-order retailer in the United States.

For thirty-nine years, Orvis has awarded the nation's top wingshooting and fly-fishing lodges and guides with awards of excellence. To learn more about the nominated lodges and guides from this year's awards, visit the Orvis Awards website here.

 

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