Castle Valley Outdoors, UT

Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge in Emery, Utah.

Castle Valley Outdoors, UT

Overview

In the heart of Utah's castle country, among the wheat grass fields, river bottom, and desert landscape you'll experience pheasant hunting at its best at Castle Valley Outdoors! More than a family-owned pheasant hunting lodge, Castle Valley Outdoors is an opportunity to experience the real West away from the hustle and bustle of modern society.
  • All-inclusive wing shooting vacation packages
  • Enjoy gourmet country cooking in our Dining Room
  • Luxurious Hunting Lodges with king-size beds and private baths
  • Scenic Tours, Big Game Hunting, Horseback Excursions, Fly Fishing and more!
  • Perfect for small corporate and executive retreats with lodging, conference facilities, meals and recreational activities
  • Exceptional wingshooting for all levels

Date Range

Our wingshooting season begins on September 15th each year and continues thru March 15th.
Big game Deer Hunts are from September 11th thru November 10th.
Cow Elk Season is from November 1st thru January 31st
Predator hunts are year round.
Prairie Dogs are from June thru September.
Summer activities are from March 15th until September 15th.

What is Provided to Customer

Your all-inclusive pheasant hunting package includes:

  • A mixed bag hunt featuring pheasants, chukar and quail
  • Free use of shotguns including both semi-auto and double guns (if you choose not to bring your own)
  • Single occupancy lodging with king beds and private bath
  • Gourmet country meals prepared by our superb cooking staff
  • Wines from Utah vineyards, premium liquors, and popular locally brewed beers
  • Use of the sporting clays course
  • Shotgun shells for hunting and sporting clays (2 boxes per day 12 & 20 gauge)
  • Hunts led by professional guides with well-trained pointing dogs
  • Bird cleaning and packaging
  • No upland bird hunting license is required

Region/Terrain Where You Hunt

Our Bird Hunting Habitat is Unparalleled.

One of the main reasons people choose Castle Valley Outdoors, over other pheasant hunting lodges, is our setting here in South-Central Utah, Our Lodge is at 6,200 feet elevation, surrounded by the most beautiful rock buttes and sandstone formations found anywhere. This beautiful area is known as the San Rafael one of the country's high mountain deserts.

Our bird hunting habitat provides a variety of hunting opportunities. You will be able to hunt in the traditional western walk up with a variety of fields. From river bottoms with sage and willow to grain and grass fields, you will find the terrain that fits your style of hunting. All managed to provide excellent cover for the birds and a productive and scenic hunt for you.

We have a variety of game to hunt from upland birds including pheasant, chukar, and quail to big game hunts.

We go to great lengths to preserve and manage our habitat so that our pheasants flush well and fly strong. We have the best team of expert guides in the country - people who grew up here and know the terrain and habitat. This is the reason people keep coming back year after year.

Recognized by Gun Dog Magazine for having the best hunting guides and trained bird dogs in the country, your days in the field will be as successful as they are memorable.

Typical Weather by Season

During the summer months temperatures average in the 80's to mid 90's with evening cool downs into the 60's which is very delightful after a full day of outdoor activities.

Winter months the daytime temperature average in the 30's to 40's with evenings in the 20's.

Castle Valley has an average of 300 days of full sun so layers are the key. The temperature may be cool but the sun will warm you during your hunt.

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Itinerary

2 Day, 3 Night Hunt Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival between 2:00 and 5:00 pm.
Settle in with a cool drink, and arrange your equipment in the gun room.
Optional fly fishing or rock art tours.
Dinner is served at 6:00 pm.

Day 2 | First Hunt Day
Breakfast at 8:00 am.
Meet your guide at 9:00 am and begin your hunt.
Lunch at 12:30 pm.
Afternoon hunt at 2:00 pm.
Dinner at 6:00 pm.

Day 3 | Second Hunt Day
Breakfast at 8:00 am.
Meet your guide at 9:00 am and begin your hunt.
Lunch at 12:30 pm.
Afternoon hunt at 2:00 pm
Dinner at 6:00 pm

Trips may be extended to suit your needs.
We offer a variety of activities to keep the relaxation going

  • Predator hunts
  • Desert tours in the most scenic country in Utah
  • Fly fishing in season

Activities

On-site Activities


ATV: Hop onto one of our Yamaha Rhino four-wheelers and follow the switchbacks up the mountain behind the cabins, or cruise down the road to get up close and personal with grazing elk. See our ATV tour rates.

Sporting Clays: Whether you're looking to practice up prior to going pheasant hunting, refine your wingshooting skills or shooting clays for the first time, our 5-stand range creates the perfect setting. Different levels of difficulty invite all shooters through novice to the seasoned veteran wingshooter to test their shotgunning skills.

Rifle Golf: Nothing is closer to true hunting, and is as much fun than shooting at life size iron targets of deer, Elk, antelope and many other animals at varying ranges to test your rifle prowess. Come play a game of golf with your rifle and see who can complete the course with the least amount of shots at targets from 50 to 1000 yards away.

Golf: A challenging par 36, 3,000-yard course is located just a few miles away. The fairways follow the hills and natural terrain on the edge of scenic Millsite Reservoir. The course features colorful cliffs and dramatic elevation changes, with some challenging holes.

Yard activities: Horseshoes, boules, croquet, badminton, golf, trap shooting.

Reading: Cozy up with a book of cowboy stories or western lore. Our small library may just hook you onto Louis L'Amour, Zane Gray, or Will Rogers. We also have descriptive guides to local wildlife and wildflowers.

Porch sitting: After a day of riding or hunting, take a few moments to relax and watch evening shadows creep across the hills.

We also do cattle drives and other western adventures. Let us know what kind of experience you want and we will customize a trip for you.

Lodging

Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

The rustic yet luxurious accommodations and amenities at Castle Valley Outdoors are just what you need after a successful hunt, fishing excursion, breaking clays or a relaxing round of golf at the nearby Millsite Golf Course.

Guests can relax by the Lodge's stone fireplace in comfortable leather couches and chairs while admiring reproductions of petroglyphs from some of the local ancient cultures illustrated on the walls. Some find themselves drawn to the activity room located on the second level of the lodge where you can enjoy a drink while participating in a round of billiards or other games.

Enjoy a home cooked meal in the dining room while you recount the days' adventures.

With views of the colorful rock cliffs through oversized picture windows, you gaze out over a well-stocked fishing pond and open fields where you might spot an occasional mule deer or pheasant or turkey in the morning hours as a bald eagle circles above with outstretched wings riding the currents of the wind.

Because Castle Valley Outdoors is one of only a handful of Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodges across the country, your all-inclusive vacation is sure to provide a rewarding experience.

With a commitment to your comfort and needs, Castle Valley Outdoors does it right.

As the aroma of country bacon, ham and cheese omelets or hand-made sour dough pancakes fills the air, you and your group will find yourselves eager to enjoy another hearty meal prepared by our excellent kitchen staff.

This is country living and you’ll find that mornings at Castle Valley Outdoors always begin in style.

The fixins don't stop there, come lunchtime or dinner you can be sure to enjoy amazing steaks, game hens with wild rice, and all the extras that go along with gourmet country cooking.

Species

Species You Hunt by Season

On your wingshooting trip you will see a wide variety of birds. From hard flying pheasants, to coveys of wily chukars and quail. Each hunt is a mix of birds; you never know what is going to come up in front of that quivering dog.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

During the summer months temperatures average in the 80's to mid 90's with evening cool downs into the 60's which is very delightful after a full day of outdoor activities.

If you plan to join us during the summer months, here is a list of suggested items you may want to pack along:

  • T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts
  • Jeans
  • Several pairs of socks
  • Boots (or closed-toe shoes like hiking boots or sneakers)
  • Jacket or sweater (evenings can be cool)
  • Cap, cowboy hat
  • Leather gloves if you have them
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Prescription medicine
  • Hand lotion, chapstick
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket knife
  • Small flashlight
  • Optional: Small fanny pack or backpack, fishing vest

In the winter, temperatures average somewhere between 30 and 40 with evening temps dropping well below freezing.

If your visit will be during the winter months, we suggest you include the following:

  • Fleece pullover
  • Flannel shirts
  • Warm winter jacket or coat
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm hat (should cover your ears)
  • Winter boots
  • Heavy winter socks
  • Warm insulated gloves

Reviews

    Castle Valley Outdoors
    Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge
    Woody Johnson
    1600 North State Street, Hwy 10
    Emery, UT 84522
    800-586-6503

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