Hunt kings: Area hunting preserve to appear on television show

An area hunting preserve held a royal hunt, of sorts, in November.

Members of the King family, who appear on the television show, “Farm Kings,” on the Great American Country network, accepted an invitation from Trophy Mountain Upland Bird Hunting’s Scott Heverly to hunt at the 704 acres of open preserve near Huntingdon.

John Heverly, Scott’s dad, operates his bird hunting operation at Trophy Mountain Hunting Preserve and Lodge in the mountains of Hartslog Valley.

Tonight, the experience will appear on the episode, “Every King for Himself,” at 9 p.m.

“Farm Kings,” which is airing its third season, follows Lisa King and her 10 children, including Joe, Tim and Pete, who own and operate Freedom Farms, located in Butler.

After watching the show and enjoying it, Scott and his wife, Rosalita, traveled to Pittsburgh and extended the invitation, he said. The hunt was not originally intended to end up on the small screen.

The experience was great, and the Kings plan to come back, said Scott, who was their guide on the hunt.

“Oh, it was great. I mean, people were nice, and actually we’re thinking about trying to get a reality show of our own going there,” John said with a laugh, making it hard to tell if he was serious or not.

The hunt ended with 47 out of 50 pheasants and chukars shot, Scott said.

“It brought back good memories,” Joe King said. “Me and my brothers, before we started this business five years ago, we grew up working and playing and farming and playing football and hunting together, and we used to do that kind of stuff all winter … camp out and hunt. These guys, they’re a good fit for us. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories of these kind of yuppy places around me, that they got a bunch of rules and it’s kind of like playing golf, and when we went there, they were there to hunt. Those guys are a lot of fun. We pushed hard all day long.”

Hunters from as far off as Florida, South Carolina and Washington come to hunt there, John said.

“This is a pretty good recreation for this area,” he said. “A lot of people when they come here, they say, ‘Man, you have a hidden treasure back in here. We don’t even know it’s down here.'”

Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto is at 949-7030.