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We started renovation of the lodge and facilities in the Fall of 2004, and food plots, stands, blinds, and accessible trails are in place. Activities began in the Fall of 2004, with our goal being to accommodate as many guests as possible. Individuals are required to complete an application and will be scheduled for their hunt or trip at the earliest available opening (individuals with verified terminal illnesses will be granted priority). Guides will accompany all individuals on their activities, including well-known pro-staffers from various leading companies in the outdoor industry.
The Place and the Plan
Hunts of Hopes and Dreams will have complete accommodations, including a beautiful log cabin lodge with amenities to meet almost any person’s needs. We have gone to great lengths to offer hunts for deer, turkey, waterfowl, pheasant, and quail, as well as fishing and other outdoor activities our guests want to pursue.
Southern Iowa has a great reputation for abundant wildlife. The amount of turkey and legendary whitetail deer alone makes this area one that presents a unique opportunity to fulfill the hopes and dreams of these extraordinary individuals. In addition, the nearby lakes host a great migration of ducks and geese, as well as excellent fishing.
Accommodations and recreation are to be provided to our guests at low- or no-cost with the support of sponsors and contributors to the project. Use of the facilities will be restricted to those individuals with an impairment that limits their enjoyment of the great outdoors. We want to make possible anything from a dream hunt of a lifetime to just making possible a hunting or fishing trip that would not happen otherwise.
How You Can Make This Possible
A project of this scope and aspiration will make a concrete difference in the lives of many of our brothers and sisters in the outdoor family. The experiences shared at Hunts of Hopes and Dreams will impact the lives of our guests, their families, and their friends forever. This positive outreach will go on to touch countless people beyond the circle of guests at the lodge. It goes without saying that this project is ambitious. Therefore, Hunts of Hopes and Dreams relies upon the committed support of individuals and organizations that understand the fundamental role outdoor recreation plays in who we are as a community. Hunts of Hopes and Dreams is looking for dedicated sponsors and donors to bring to life the hopes and dreams of some very special individuals. With your support, Hunts of Hopes and Dreams can make possible many opportunities that would otherwise be simply unattainable. No one ever plans on getting a terminal illness or having a disability. But if that day did come, wouldn't it be great to have an opportunity for a unique experience, such as this, to remember and treasure with your family and friends forever? Please contact us to discuss how you can make a difference.
* Hunts of Hopes and Dreams is recognized as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions made to Hunts of Hopes and Dreams are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Contributions of services, money or funding, or in kind donations may be accepted.
Derrick and Kristi Meyer