Dennis Kavanagh, upland bird guide and outfitter, has been guiding bird hunters in Montana since 1987 and quail hunters in Arizona since 1994.
In Montana, Dennis and his guides operate out of the Big Timber and Lewistown areas. These areas are known for there abundance of upland birds and variety of upland bird habitat. The hunting terrain consists of short and mixed grass prairie, sagebrush steppe, juniper and ponderosa pine savanna, stubble fields and mountain foothills.
Hunting takes place in the Big Timber area between the first of September and early October. Big Timber is situated on the banks of the Yellowstone River in south central Montana. Dennis has bird hunting access to several private ranches located in the foothills and plains near the Crazy, Absarokee, and Beartooth Mountains. Grey partridge (huns) are the most common birds encountered, followed by sharp-tailed, blue, and ruffed grouse.
The Lewistown hunt takes place between mid-September and mid-November. Lewistown is located in central Montana. Hunting takes place on private ranches located on the plains and foothills near the Snowy, Judith, and Moccasin Mountains. Sharp-tailed grouse are the most common birds encountered followed by grey partridge, pheasant, and sage grouse.
Accommodations are at the Grand Hotel while hunting around Big Timber, and at the Calvert Hotel while hunting around Lewistown. Both Hotels are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, along with your meals, are included in your trip package.
Upon request, Dennis will arrange Montana fly-fishing trips and waterfowl hunts as an addition to your upland bird venue.
From late November through early February Dennis guides quail hunters in the basin and range country of southeastern Arizona. The mountain ranges in this region are part of the northern extension of the Sierra Madres. The hunting terrain consists of desert grasslands and mesquite lined washes in the basins, and Madrean oak grasslands along the mountain foothills.
Birds hunted are Mearns', Gambel's and scaled quail, and mourning dove. In most years it is possible to bag all three species of quail over a three-day hunt. Depending on bird numbers, the hunts are based out the towns of Patagonia, Tombstone, or Willcox.
You may learn more about Dennis Kavanagh's guiding operation by viewing the following Clair Kofoed magazine articles: "Hun", August 2008 issue of Gray's Sporting Journal; "Make Mine Mearns", March/April 2009 issue of Shooting Sportsman; and "Crazy Huns", September/October 2007 issue of Shooting Sportsman. Or, if you have additional questions, just give Dennis a call.