Randy Matis

Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide in Arizona

Randy Matis


Catering to the foot hunter in pursuit of all wild game birds over classic pointing dogs, we have been in the guiding business for over 30 years. Hunt behind our world class Brittanys or bring your own dogs.

These hunts are not for the faint of heart as you will be walking miles in a day's hunt. However, heart stopping memories will be your reward. If you are looking for traditional foot hunts over savvy pointing dogs, Classic Bird Hunts is the outfitter for you. Don't expect a leisurely preserve or meat hunt; all your birds will be earned. Upland hunting and bird dogs is our passion and our life and we enjoy nothing more than sharing the challenge and tradition with you.

Date Range

November - February

What is Provided to Customer

Guiding includes dogs, lunch, beverages, 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.

Region/Terrain Where You Hunt

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 the Classic Bird Hunts 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.

Typical Weather by Season

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.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

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 Classic Bird Hunts is all about.


Species you Hunt for by Season

January/February Mearns, Scaled, and Gambels Quail.


What Should Customers Bring

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

How many hunters can you take at one time?
We take a max of two per guide. We have two guides 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.


Randy Matis
Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide
Elgin, AZ
2016 Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide of the Year

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