Marcus Vitale, CA

Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide located in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Marcus Vitale, CA


Luckypup operates in the California region encompassing areas generously spread across both sides of the border. While the owner/operator and most clients' permanent residences are located in the greater San Diego area, these sportsmen spend time both in and out of the field in Baja California so frequently that crossing the border is of no greater day-to-day consequence than passing through a stoplight.

Date Range

Late August thru mid-February.

What is Provided to Customer

A comprehensive experience for hunters, dog-lovers and non-shooters alike. No two hunts are alike with a myriad of transportation options, hunting leases, lodging and dining locales. Local knowledge and time spent on both sides of the border sees to all arrangements. Call to start the discussion about the trip planned to your individual tastes and specifications.

Region/Terrain Where You Hunt

Luckypup pursues wild birds in their natural habitat. Quail hunting is done in coastal mountain ranges with scrub brush, low trees and rocky outcroppings. Pheasant hunting is done in irrigated arid farmland in a variety of cultivated crops.

Typical Weather by Season

We enjoy beautiful weather year round with an average daily temperature of 70.5° F (21.4 degrees Celsius). A marked feature of the climate is the wide variation in temperature within short distances due to the topography of the land. Come sample coastal, mountain, and desert environments all in the span of a day.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

While words can’t accurately capture the unique experience of hunting wild birds in Mexico, hunting with Luckypup is unique both in the pace, posture and attitude of the outings as well as the environment. Rather than being staffed by guides and outfitters who measure their success in the number of birds killed and the number of clients serviced, Luckypup is owned and operated by a professional hunter and dog trainer. This means guests will be hunting with a partner rather than a handler. The result is that hunts are a team effort with the best possible contributors. Mornings are casual. Conversation is lengthy. The hunts stop and start at the pleasure of the hunters and there is never any rigid schedule or agenda. We discuss where to hunt in the morning and where to dine in the evening and all of the choices are superb. What you won’t find are a van stuffed with other hunters, a bird boy counting off your kills, hunts that start before the birds are up or end just when things are getting good. Come and find out what is so un-typical about our trips.


Species You Hunt by Season

Dove: August thru January
Quail: October thru February
Pheasant: October thru December
Duck, Geese, and Brandt: November thru February


What Should Customers Bring?

Guests need bring little more than a change of clothes and their passport. Hunting with Luckypup is very easy and packing is little cause for concern even for a trip abroad. All guns, shells, field equipment and common comforts are provided for. For those who like to celebrate the preparation for such a special outing, one can focus on the best clothes for our conditions. We prefer to hunt in a sturdy khaki or chino pant. No jeans or brush pants are necessary. A presentable collared shirt looks nice in the field and serves well if our hunt takes us straight to a nice dinner on the way home. Sturdy lace-up leather boots are essential. We love a good walk chasing wild birds and rugged, comfortable footwear is a must. A hat to shade you from the sun (rain rarely interrupts a hunt). Shooting gloves for those who like them. If you’d like to bring your own firearms on your trip or have other questions regarding equipment, call to make arrangements.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I bring my own dog?
A. Your sporting companion is welcome to join us for both hunting and training if you desire. Luckypup fields many seasoned field dogs for those who don’t come with canines.

Q. How many birds can I expect to see and what are the limits?
A. The quail and pheasant populations are truly among some of the strongest in the world and with some variations betweens seasons limits are normally generous.


Marcus Vitale
Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide
PO Box 502
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

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