Catskill Casts & Coverts

Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Outfitter located in Roscoe, New York

Details

Experience the upland hunting of yesteryear on thousands of private and public acres of pristine wild forest in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Hunt wild grouse and woodcock along the old bluestone walls, abandoned farms and apple orchards. Follow the bells of our expertly trained English Setters to flush rates that generally exceed expectations. These are not leisurely preserve hunts and are not for the faint of heart as the cover is thick and you will be walking miles in a day's hunt. Only 2½ hours outside of New York City. Rick Watson can arrange to pick you up and drop you back off at local train station making this a convenient trip for those that live in the city.

FAQs

Season:

Grouse: September 20 through February 28
Woodcock: October 1 through November 14

Species:

  • Wild Ruffed Grouse
  • Wild Woodcock

Region/Terrain:

Our hunts for wild grouse and woodcock are generally done on flat to rolling uneven terrain in thick cover. This is a challenging hunt and busting through heavy brush is not uncommon. That said, once you experience the romance of pursuing the "King of Game Birds" it becomes addictive.

Typical Weather:

Weather can vary drastically throughout the season. Most important is a comfortable water-resistant pair of boots. Rain and cold weather gear is also a must.

Rates:

Rates start from: $550 for a full day for one or two hunters You can find all pricing information at: www.catskillcc.com

What is Provided:

Guiding includes: Guide, dogs, the use of Orvis double shotguns, RST ammunition, beverages, and bird processing. Full-day hunts include lunch. Client dogs are welcome.
Lodging is additional and separate. Lodging information can be found at our website.

Gear Recommendations:

Supportive, waterproof, comfortable boots are the most important piece of gear. We suggest wearing brier pants. Please have a field jacket with the required amount of blaze orange, shooting glasses, and hearing protection. Be prepared for changing weather conditions and wear layers and pack rain gear. All hunters will need a valid New York State hunting license. Woodcock hunters must also register with the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP).

Clients are encouraged to bring their favorite shotgun. We offer Orvis doubles for client use at no additional charge. We also include RST ammunition. For clients using their own equipment, we recommend double shotguns in either 20 or 28 gauge along with ammunition in 7 ½ shot.

Other:

We pair one guide per one or two hunters. We have multiple guides available to accommodate larger groups.

We run English Setters. We encourage our clients to bring their own dogs. It is a great chance to get your gun dog on wild birds. Both pointing and flushing dogs can be successful in our cover.

Lodging is additional and separate. Lodging information can be found at our website.

Additional Activities:

Rick guides fly-fishing trips for trout on the upper Delaware River. He also guides for salmon and steelhead on the Salmon River. Each autumn, Catskill Casts & Coverts hosts a three-day Orvis Grouse Hunting School.

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Catskill Casts & Coverts
Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Outfitter
3663 County Highway 35
Sidney Center, NY 13839

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