Readers & Writers Adventures

Readers and Writers Adventures

Every year we look to some of the finest wingshooting lodges and reserve spots for a select number of readers. In fact, this is our 25th year offering these hunts, which have been extremely popular with hunters across the country. Not only are these world-class experiences, but they also are opportunities to meet other sportsmen with similar passions. Readers & Writers Adventures are where friendships are born and cultivated, skills are sharpened, and memories are made. For 2020-’21 we are excited to offer the following four trips.

South Dakota Upland

Firesteel Creek
Firesteel Creek

Landing at Bismarck Municipal Airport in October means you have landed in the Upper Midwest’s mecca for wingshooters. You are surrounded immediately by scores of like-minded hunters from around the world. The luggage area is rife with hard cases, duffle bags, coolers and dog crates; hunter orange becomes the unofficial state color. This is our staging area for our trip to Firesteel Creek Lodge. From here we drive about 2 hours south to Isabel, South Dakota. Our quarry: the Great Plains trifecta of sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge and ring-necked pheasants on the Lindskov family’s 200,000-plus acres of open country.

Our group is led by Ralph Stuart, Shooting Sportsman‘s Editor-in-Chief. The hunt takes place from October 31 – November 4. Attendees should arrive in Bismarck, North Dakota, and be ready for an unrivaled three-day hunt. The cost for double occupancy is $4,545 and includes ground transportation, lodging, meals, licenses and ammunition. Hunters are responsible for taxes, tips and the cost of shipping birds home.

For more information about this adventure, contact Terry Bombeke at 1-207-594-9544 ext 478 or [email protected].

Castle Valley Outdoors

Castle Valley Outdoors
Castle Valley Outdoors

Associate Publisher and Director of Wingshooting Terry Bombeke will host our next hunt, at Castle Valley Outdoors, in Emery, Utah, from November 16 to 20. This trip is quintessential of hunting the American West, with the lodge smack dab in the middle of the Beehive State’s famous monument and butte country. With three hunters to a guide and no limits on pheasants and chukars, this is a remarkably affordable yet upscale experience with some of the most affable staff anywhere. The cost is $3,795 for single occupancy and includes pickup from the Salt Lake City International Airport, lodging, meals, licenses and ammunition.

For more information about this adventure, contact Terry Bombeke at 1-207-594-9544 ext 478 or [email protected].

Winghaven Lodge

Winghaven Lodge
Winghaven Lodge

Kentucky is synonymous with Southern hospitality, and Winghaven Lodge is a sterling example. This year we return to the Bluegrass State from December 9 to 13. The 10,000-square foot main lodge is surrounded by 3,000 acres of no-limit quail hunting, with pheasants and chukars mixed in. Each day hunters can expect to come in contact with upward of 200 birds. And did we mention the lodge’s bourbon bar? Winghaven is located midway between Nashville and St. Louis along the Bourbon Trail. Associate Publisher Terry Bombeke will host this hunt. Evansville, Indiana, is the designated airport, and the cost of $3,995 includes all relevant fees, including gratuities and airport pickup.

For more information about this adventure, contact Terry Bombeke at 1-207-594-9544 ext 478 or [email protected].

Georgia Quail from Mule-Drawn Wagons

Georgia Quail From Mule-Drawn Wagons

The beauty of bobwhite hunting is the variety of ways that you can get on birds. Pine Hill Plantation is famous for its classic mule-drawn wagon hunt, so we’ve scheduled our last trip of the season for February 18 to 22, 2021. From the dogs to the birds to the lodging, every inch of Pine Hill’s 6,000 acres is world class.

Ralph Stuart, Shooting Sportsman Editor-in-Chief, will lead the group. Arrival is at the Tallahassee, Florida, airport on February 18. From there we head straight to Donalsonville, Georgia. The price is $5,350 (single occupancy) and includes all ground transportation, lodging, meals, licenses and ammunition. Tips, taxes and bird shipping are extra. This is a bucket-list opportunity to step back in time while still enjoying all the modern conveniences.

For more information about this adventure, contact Terry Bombeke at 1-207-594-9544 ext 478 or [email protected].


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