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 26th 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 2021-’22 we are excited to offer the following six trips.

Castle Valley Outdoors

Castle Valley Outdoors
Castle Valley Outdoors

Ralph Stuart, Shooting Sportsman's Editor-in-Chief, will host our first hunt, at Castle Valley Outdoors, in Emery, Utah, from October 9 to 13. 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 $4,098 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].

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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 $4,745 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].

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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 15 to 19. 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].

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Hunt the Texas Hill Country

Joshua-Creek-Ranch
Joshua-Creek-Ranch

The hunt at Joshua Creek Ranch in Boerne, Texas, will be the first-ever collaborative trip between Shooting Sportsman and The Orvis Company. JCR has built a stellar reputation for delivering a true five-star experience, and this hunt will showcase everything the renowned lodge is famous for. With an itinerary that includes duck shooting, a Continental pheasant shoot and walk-up quail and chukar hunting, this event will feature an unprecedented variety of opportunities.

The trip’s host, Reid Bryant, is the Endorsed Operations Manager for Orvis and an Editor at Large for Shooting Sportsman, making him the perfect wingshooting ambassador. The event will kick off February 12, 2022, with an afternoon check-in and a 100-target warm-up on the clays course. Day two will include a morning of mixed-bag upland hunting and an afternoon flighted-mallard shoot. Day three will feature walk-up hunting in the morning and a Continental pheasant shoot in the afternoon. On the final day, February 15, guests will partake in a hearty breakfast and can enjoy some free time on Joshua Creek’s beautiful compound before their midday checkout. In addition to the wide array of shooting, the $5,400 cost (plus tax) covers luxury rooms, exquisite dining and a wine/bourbon tasting. The nonshooter cost is $740 plus tax.

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

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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 17 to 21, 2022. From the dogs to the birds to the lodging, every inch of Pine Hill’s 6,000 acres is world class.

Shooting Sportsman Editor-in-Chief Ralph Stuart, will lead the group. Arrival is at the Tallahassee, Florida, airport on February 17. From there we head straight to Donalsonville, Georgia. The price is $5,570 (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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Pheasant, Chukar, Partridge and Quail in Idaho

One of the nation’s original luxury wingshooting destinations, Flying B Ranch has received numerous accolades for its exceptional mixed-bag hunting over pointing dogs; top-shelf lodging and dining experiences; and picturesque setting. It is a perfect venue for the kind of warm, congenial, event-style atmosphere that characterizes our Readers & Writers Adventures.

This trip will begin with a February 20, 2022, pickup at the airport in Lewiston, Idaho. The following three days will include morning and afternoon no-limit hunts for pheasants, chukars, Hungarian partridge and quail behind well-trained pointing dogs. The trip will conclude on February 24 with breakfast at the lodge and a return shuttle to the airport. This hunt will be hosted by Shooting Sportsman’s Director of Wingshooting, Terry Bombeke, and the cost of $6,200 will include just about everything (airport shuttle, single-occupancy lodging, dining, licenses, ammunition, clays, gun rental, bird processing) except taxes and gratuities.

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

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