This past February marked a “first” in the 30-year history of Shooting Sportsman’s Readers & Writers Adventures program. The magazine collaborated with another major wingshooting entity, The Orvis Company, in orchestrating an event at Joshua Creek Ranch, in Boerne, Texas. The idea was rooted in the fact that SSM and Orvis customers share a psychographic: dedicated wingshooters who can’t think of a better way to enjoy themselves than to join a bunch of fun, like-minded individuals for an incredible bird hunt. Not surprisingly, the trip turned out to be a huge success—so much so, in fact, that Shooting Sportsman and Orvis have decided to organize a similar trip for the upcoming season.
This fall’s event will be held at another five-star Texas lodge: Greystone Castle Sporting Club, about 90 minutes west of Dallas. The hunt will be hosted by SSM Editor at Large Reid Bryant, who also serves as Orvis’s Endorsed Operations Manager. The itinerary will consist of a December 8 afternoon arrival and meet-and-greet dinner followed by 2½ days of hunting upland birds (pheasants, chukars and quail) over dogs and an afternoon Continental pheasant shoot. The trip will culminate with breakfast and departure on December 12.
This is a full-service trip, meaning that the $6,990 price includes not only Greystone’s world-class hunting, dining, lodging and hospitality but also licenses, ammunition and bird processing. It even includes airport transportation from and to Dallas (DFW), live evening entertainment and a surprise welcome gift from Orvis. Guests will be responsible for taxes, gratuities and the cost of shipping birds home, if they choose to do so.