Hunt the Texas Hill Country with Shooting Sportsman Magazine and Orvis at Joshua Creek Ranch

Hunt the Texas Hill Country with Shooting Sportsman Magazine and Orvis at Joshua Creek Ranch

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DATES: February 12 - 15, 2022

LENGTH OF TRIP: 4 nights, 3 days

PRICING: From $5,400 per gun, $750 for non-shooting guest

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The Story

Join Shooting Sportsman Magazine and Orvis at Joshua Creek Ranch for 4 Days and 3 Nights of Hosted Wingshooting! Reid Bryant, Orvis Endorsed Operations Manager and Shooting Sportsman Editor-at-Large invites you to Joshua Creek Ranch, the 2018 Orvis Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge of the Year, for a mixed-bag wingshooting experience in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Joshua Creek Ranch is a world-class Hunting Lodge and Texas Hill Country resort, the winner of the 2018 Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge of the Year accolade, and a finalist for the award in 2016, 2017, and 2020. Since 1990, Joshua Creek Ranch has redefined what “Hunting Lodge” means, creating an exceptional outdoor sporting experience complemented by luxury resort amenities. Renowned for a wingshooting experience that offers clay target shooting as well as upland and waterfowl hunting, JCR is a destination unlike any other. The ranch is located just 45 minutes northwest of San Antonio along isolated stretches of the pristine Joshua Creek and the Guadalupe River. It is easily accessible year-round. This Texas Hill Country paradise consistently delights guests from all over the world with its glorious and peaceful setting and a healthy dose of Texas hospitality. The ranch's diverse terrain is a perfect habitat for quail, pheasant, and chukar. Walk-up mixed-bag hunts utilize the ranch's string of stylish pointing dogs and athletic cockers, and additional experiences include European-style driven pheasant shooting and decoyed mallard duck hunting. Clays enthusiasts can enjoy shotgunning on one of two scenic 10-station sporting clays courses, and those who prefer quieter pursuits can fly fish for rainbow trout, bass, and bluegill on Joshua Creek. Record-book trophy axis deer hunting is offered year-round and is complemented by seasonal whitetail deer and Rio Grande turkey hunting as regulated by the state of Texas. This unique experience has something for every outdoorsman. Join Orvis at Joshua Creek Ranch, and prepare to make some memories.


What Is Included?

Price Per Shooter: $5,400*
Includes - all meals, drinks, and lodging, taxes and gratuities, sporting clays warm-up, two walk-up field hunts, one driven pheasant shoot, one decoyed mallard shoot, fly fishing
Non-Shooter Add-Ons: $750
Does Not Include: Ammo, Game Bird Processing, Gun Rentals, Pro Shop Purchases, or Super-Premium Alcohol Selections

What Am I responsible For?

Does not include travel expenses, trip insurance, etc.

How Many People On This Trip?

Depends on Composition of group with shooters/non-shooters. Likely capped at 20.

Skill Levels/Experience

All levels are welcome.

How Strenuous Are The Activities?

Regardless of fitness level, all can enjoy these experiences.

Meals & Dining

Four-course gourmet dinners are featured during the hunting season. To enhance your enjoyment while at the ranch, lunches are served on the limestone patio year-round (weather permitting) and appetizers are served fireside before dinner during the hunting season. All meals are served at Cypress Lodge unless guests have pre-arranged to dine at another venue.

Your dining experience at Joshua Creek Ranch is sure to be as memorable as your outdoor activities. Advance requests are welcome for specific menu items, special dietary needs, and bar set-ups. Our goal is to perfectly tailor the culinary aspect of your visit.

Also, our meals are prepared for PROMPT service at the time specified on your reservation and for the number of guests you requested. If you cannot make the scheduled meal times or the number of guests has changed, please let us know as early as possible so we can accommodate your needs.

Joshua Creek Ranch offers full-service bar amenities at the English Cocker Pub and Shooters Cantina–both stocked with the coldest beer, finest wines, and a variety of spirits.
Super-premium alcohol available at a cost.

Species:

Wingshooting: dove, quail, pheasant, chukar, mallard ducks
Big Game: whitetail deer, axis deer, Rio Grande turkey
Fish: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, catfish

Region/Terrain

Joshua Creek Ranch occupies a uniquely diverse terrain including miles of Joshua Creek and Guadalupe River bottomland planted in fields, food plots, and permanent grasses for a prime upland bird hunting habitat. Some of the waterways and ravines are bordered by limestone bluffs that rise to oak and elm studded pastures lush with prairie grasses providing perfect quail hunting cover and chukar habitat. Densely wooded areas are managed for free-roaming Texas deer hunting, both whitetail and axis. Shallow ponds bordered by tall elms create an ideal decoyed mallard duck hunting scenario.

Typical Weather

Fall and spring are typically very pleasant (highs in the 70s F and lows in the 50s/60s). With occasional morning frost, winters generally offer mild sunny days with average highs in the 60s'you might say 'winters are like Colorado summers.' Regardless what time of year you visit Joshua Creek Ranch, the weather is always right for one of the many outdoor adventures

Gear Recommendations:

If you are hunting upland, be sure to bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes or boots. Snake boots are recommended in the warmer months toward the beginning and end of wingshooting season. Over/under or side-by-side shotguns are required for upland bird hunting. Pumps and semi-automatic shotguns are only allowed on the sporting clays courses or at the decoy duck hunts. Joshua Creek Ranch can provide whatever is necessary to ensure that guests have an experience they'll never forget. In addition to packages for lodging, hunting, and dining, guests are can also be outfitted with appropriate fishing and hunting gear and rentals, including shotguns and fly fishing rods if needed. The Pro Shop features a sizable inventory of premium shotguns for sale and is full of sporting and hunting gear, accessories, and specialty items. There are multiple options offered for game processing and taxidermy. If you choose to bring your hunting dog, several of the ranch house accommodations offer kennels.

What Else To Bring?

A favorite hunting vest and hat, as well as specific ammunition if desired.

Additional Activities:

  • Sporting clays
  • Fly fishing
  • Handgun range
  • Long-distance rifle range
  • Kayaking
  • Water recreation on Joshua Creek
  • Shooting and fly-fishing instruction
  • Custom activities can be arranged on request (i.e., spa services, wine or whiskey tastings, etc.)

Day 1: Joshua Creek Ranch (JCR) is located in Boerne, TX, about 45 minutes from the San Antonio Airport (SAT). Guests can plan for an afternoon arrival at the ranch, and the option of a sporting clays warm-up on the arrival afternoon.

  • 3:00PM Arrival/Check-In – Guests check-in at the main office, and have the chance to browse the Pro Shop or take a moment for a cold drink overlooking Joshua Creek.
  • 4:00PM Sporting Clays Warm-Up (100 Targets) – A JCR staff member will help orchestrate a round of sporting clays on the twenty target stations scattered over the property. Myriad presentations will help knock the dust off; rental guns and guns for sale available at the Pro Shop.
  • 6:45PM Appetizers, Drinks, and Dinner – A favorite part of the day and a chance to socialize. Appetizers and an open bar with standard house selections are enjoyed fireside, and a 4-course chef-prepared dinner follows in the Cypress Lodge.
  • 10:00PM Overnight lodging in Branch Haus Lodge – Luxurious and beautifully furnished rooms overlooking the lower hunt fields and Joshua Creek.

Day 2: Guests enjoy the first full day of shooting with a mixed-bag walk-up hunt in the morning, followed by an afternoon of flighted mallard shooting over decoys.

  • 7:45AM Breakfast - Enjoy a hearty, country-style breakfast in the Cypress Lodge.
  • 9:00AM Upland mixed bag hunt – Guests meet up with the JCR Guide Team to head out to the field for a morning of walk-up hunting for quail, pheasant, and chukar. Follow pointing dogs and flushers through the rolling grassland and oak-strewn fields of the Texas Hill Country.
  • 12:30PM Lunch – Return to the Lodge to enjoy a chef-prepared lunch under the oaks on the Cypress Lodge patio. Weather permitting, lunch is served in the open air, and guests enjoy regional wild game favorites such as pheasant enchiladas.
  • 2:00PM Decoyed Mallard Duck Hunt – After a brief siesta, guests assemble at the JCR duck ponds for a decoyed duck shoot. Shooting from permanent blinds over water, with opportunities for both high passing shots and settling birds.
  • 6:00PM Bourbon and/or Wine Tasting – Gather on the terrace once more for a wine or bourbon tasting and appetizers. Guests learn about regional wines and spirits and varieties more exotic as well, all while recounting the wonderful day afield.
  • 7:00PM Dinner – Hearty, chef-prepared dinner & open bar with standard house selections.
  • 10:00PM Overnight lodging in Branch Haus Lodge – Luxurious and beautifully furnished rooms overlooking the lower hunt fields and Joshua Creek.

Day 3: Guests enjoy more great walk-up shooting as well as a European-style pheasant drive. This driven-bird experience showcases the phenomenal and unique terrain of the JCR property. Moreover, our team of English cockers.

  • 7:45AM Breakfast - Enjoy a hearty, country-style breakfast in the Cypress Lodge.
  • 9:00AM Upland mixed-bag hunt – Guests meet up with the JCR Guide Team to head out to the field for a morning of walk-up hunting for quail, pheasant, and chukar. Follow pointing dogs and flushers through the rolling grassland and oak-strewn fields of the Texas Hill Country.
  • 12:30PM Lunch – Return to the Lodge to enjoy a chef-prepared lunch under the oaks on the Cypress Lodge patio. Weather permitting, lunch is served in the open air, and guests enjoy regional wild game favorites such as chicken-fried Axis deer.
  • 2:00PM European-style Pheasant Drive – Using the dramatic topography of Joshua Creek Ranch to maximum effect, guests take part in a driven pheasant shoot. High, hard-flying birds, plenty of shooting, and a glorious setting, all in the European tradition.
  • 6:45PM Chef-prepared dinner & open bar with standard house selections.
  • 10:00PM Overnight lodging in Branch Haus Lodge.

Day 4: The final day of this experience leaves room for guests to add-on additional hunts, sporting clays, fishing, or simply a lazy morning.

  • 7:45AM Country style breakfast.
  • 9:00AM Open – Take this opportunity to add on additional shooting or perhaps a big-game experience.

Joshua Creek Ranch lodging reflects the western elegance of the Texas Hill Country combined with the comforts and conveniences of a modern ranch house. The Branch Haus Lodge offers lodge-style rooms overlooking the cypress-studded Joshua Creek. Rooms feature either two queen beds or single queen beds. Rooms are well-appointed with rustic décor and exquisite attention to detail. Spacious sleeping arrangements complemented by stylish private bathrooms and modern niceties such as complimentary wifi, satellite television, gun racks, stone patio, and nearby fire pits offer guests a comfortable retreat.

Joshua Creek Ranch has a noteworthy culinary program that guests rave about. Chef-prepared gourmet cuisine for al fresco lunches and fireside dinners follow a fresh, hearty country-style breakfast are featured during the hunting season. The chef’s choice menu highlights many wild-game recipes and other regional favorites, such as pheasant enchiladas, chicken-fried Axis deer, and steaks grilled over live coals. The dining experience at Joshua Creek Ranch is sure to be as memorable as your outdoor activities. Advance requests are welcome for specific menu items and special dietary needs.

This experience includes full-service bar amenities at the English Cocker Pub and Shooters Cantina – both stocked with the coldest beer, finest wines, and a variety of premium spirits. Super-premium offerings are available at market price.
A wine and/or bourbon tasting will be included in the itinerary.

This trip includes a sporting-clays warm-up on JCR's two ten-station clays courses and/or wobble trap.

No-limit walk-up hunts for pheasant, quail, and chukar partridge are conducted by our team of award-winning guides, and allow us to showcase our string of pointing dogs and English cocker spaniels.

European-style driven pheasant shooting makes the most of the landscape and topography, allowing shooters opportunity for high, fast, and hard-flying birds.

Decoyed mallard shooting takes place at our duck ponds, where shooters rotate through permanent blinds and enjoy pass-shooting as well as shots at settling birds.

Additional options for non-wingshooters or those who wish to explore additional offerings include:

  • Handgun and long-range rifle shooting
  • Fly-fishing for rainbow trout, bass, and bluegill on Joshua Creek (complimentary to wingshooting guests)
  • Kayak float trips on the Guadalupe River
  • Year-round trophy axis deer hunting and seasonal whitetail deer and Rio Grande turkey hunting
  • The spring-fed Joshua Creek, the renowned Guadalupe River, and the resort-style pool & hot tub give ranch guests access to a wide range of water recreation
  • Massages available by appointment
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