Wisconsin: Mid-September through December 31st
Arizona: November - February.
Guiding includes dogs, lunch, beverages, all fishing tackle in addition to fish & game handling. Lodging is separate and additional. Lodging info can be found at our website.
If client brings his own dog he will also need to provide his own transportation from lodging.
Videotaping is available and edited and delivered on DVD or Blu-ray.
Our hunts for Ruffed Grouse & Woodcock are generally flat terrain in heavily wooded cover. Much of your time will be spent walking trails while the pointing dogs do the heavy lifting. When the dog is on point it's your turn to get to work, and by no means is it a walk in the park! Quite often you'll bust through heavy brush, get side by side with the dog on point only to have the grouse bust out just a few feet away and barely be seen let alone shot at. But then there are the times when everything falls into place and the grouse makes a tactical error and the reward is oh so sweet. There is a direct correlation between how many miles walked in a day and the numbers of birds moved. This is a challenging hunt vs. The King of Game Birds and the majority of the time The King wins. Dare I say there is a certain romance to the grouse hunt as described in literature from the likes of George Bird Evans and Burton Spiller. You will leave the woods with stories of your own to be told over and over. Are you up for the challenge? Be very careful - grouse hunting is highly addictive!
The rugged vistas of the cowboy west are home to three species of Arizona quail - the mearns, the gambels, and that riverboat gambler known as the scaled or blue quail. These quail offer the most diverse hunt of any on Mark Nissen's menu. The gambels and scalies will be found in the desert, an undulating sea of grass, cactus and yucca that is at once harsh and beautiful. You will find it difficult to believe that a couple dozen or more of these birds could be off the end of a Brttany's nose in cover that couldn't hide an ant, until that is, you take the one-more-step that fills the air with whirring wings. Mearns, by contrast, will insist that you lace your boots tight, pack a water bottle and burn a few calories. They inhabit the rocky fingers and washes that are usually found above 4000 feet. They will make you sweat, they will make you swear and they will make you laugh, but to hold one in hand, taken on the wing and over a point is to hold the Stanley Cup of quail. You may be a little tired and you may be a little sore, but more than anything you will be ready to find another covey. It is that good. We have hunted these birds in T-shirts and lunched on the tail gate with an inch of snow crunching under our boots. The contrasts in these hunts are part of what keep us coming back. There is nothing vanilla about the birds, the cover, or the country. Limited, exclusive all inclusive hunts available on The Babacomari Ranch, the largest contiguous ranch in Arizona.
All hunts weather can vary widely so be ready for anything. Comfortable water resistant boots are a must for any of our hunts as is rain and cold weather gear.
A minimum of one days booking is required for all our hunts, though we recommend a three day hunt. These are all wild bird hunts and the number of birds moved each day will vary. There are days when the birds are not active or the weather plays a factor. Three days will give you have ample opportunity to experience what Mark Nissen is all about.
Ruffed grouse September through December in conjunction with woodcock in September and October. Jump shooting ducks in September and October is an option. Many of our clients do “Blast and Cast,” as our other passion is fishing. We offer spin or fly fishing for a wide variety of species from Bluegill to Muskie to Salmon, tackle provided.
January/February Mearns, Scaled and Gambels Quail.
Gear for all weather including blaze orange cap and vest/jacket.
Comfortable broken in boots a must!
We have a limited amount of double guns for customer use at a small fee and can purchase shells at client’s request.
How many hunters can you take at one time?
We take a max of two per guide. In Wisconsin, up to five quality guides. In all other states only two guides are available.
Can I bring my own dogs?
Sure we encourage it and enjoy getting your dogs on birds. If you bring your own dog you will need to provide your own local transportation and follow us to hunting areas. There are lodgings available in all states that accept dogs.