Readers & Writers Adventures

Castle Valley

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 27th 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 2022-’23 we are excited to offer the following four trips.


Mixed Bag in the Wild West

This trip begins October 9 at Castle Valley Outdoors, in Emery, Utah, where we will chase chukars and pheasants across the wheatgrass fields, river bottoms and desert landscape. This is the American frontier, with no bag limits. Ralph Stuart, Shooting Sportsman’s Editor in Chief, will lead the hunt. This is our most affordable trip at $4,350 for single occupancy, and the price includes airport pick-up in Salt Lake City (a three-hour drive from the lodge) as well as lodging, meals, licenses and ammunition. You’ll be greeted upon arrival with cocktails and delicious food. The following three days will be filled with morning and afternoon hunts (three hunters per guide) over expert pointing dogs. Ammo, licenses and bird processing are all included in the cost. Hunters will depart October 13 with a lifetime of memories.

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


Upland Hunting in America’s Heartland

This trip begins October 17 with cocktails and a welcome dinner. Over the following three days, we will embark on traditional pheasant and quail hunts in classic Midwestern farm country. The venue for this trip is Heartland Lodge, in Nebo, Illinois, positioned between the Mississippi and Illinois rivers two hours from St. Louis. This hunt offers unlimited bobwhite and pheasant hunting behind pointers, German shorthairs and French Brittanys amid fencerows, food plots and prairie grasses. Terry Bombeke, Shooting Sportsman’s Director of Wingshooting, will lead the hunt. The $4,995 price includes single-occupancy accommodations, airport transportation from St. Louis and everything but gratuities, taxes and the cost of shipping birds home. Hunters will depart October 21 after a hearty breakfast.

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


South Dakota Upland

Just in time for Halloween, Shooting Sportsman Editor in Chief Ralph Stuart will host a group at the 200,000-acre Firesteel Creek Lodge, in Isabel, South Dakota. This is the American prairie, where the roads run straight (mostly) and sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge and ringneck pheasants challenge even the most competent shots. Participants will fly into Bismarck, North Dakota, October 30 and will be greeted at the airport and transported to the lodge. The first night will include cocktails and a welcome dinner. Over the following three days, hunts will take place in the mornings and afternoons followed by evening socials with cocktails and banquet-style dinners. Hunters will depart November 3 after a hearty breakfast. The cost is $4,895 for a double-occupancy room and includes airport pickup, meals, licenses and 4 boxes of ammunition.

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


Texas Wingshooting Extravaganza

This incredible event will be held at a famous 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 three full 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 (plus tax) price will include not only Greystone’s world-class hunting, dining, lodging and hospitality but also licenses, ammunition and bird processing. It even includes airport pickup in 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.

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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

(The is a second hunt that has been scheduled to accommodate the overflow from the Feb. 16-20 hunt.) 

For this trip we will head to Georgia for a vintage quail hunting experience. Pine Hill Plantation, in Donalsonville, is at the epicenter of South Georgia quail country. Terry Bombeke, Shooting Sportsman’s Director of Wingshooting, will lead the trip. Hunters will land at the airport in Tallahassee, Florida, February 26, 2023, and be transported to the lodge. Upon arrival cocktails will be served followed by a gourmet dinner. Over the next three days hunters will be transported back in time by mule-drawn wagons as they pursue covey after covey of bobwhite quail. The trip concludes March 2 with breakfast and transportation to the airport. If you’re looking to break up the winter, this is the trip to add spring to your step. The cost is $5,880 for a single-occupancy room and includes everything except extra ammo (4 boxes are included), airfare, taxes, gratuities and the cost of shipping birds home.

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


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