Ryan O'Shaughnessy

Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide located in Alpine, Texas

Ryan O'Shaughnessy


Our hunts are tailored to the foot-hunter looking for wild desert quail. You'll be hunting behind a selection (Weimaraners, German short-haired pointers, English pointer, or Brittany) of our experienced pointing dogs, or you're free to bring your own. We are a family-owned business, and as such we have a vested interest in ensuring all our clients have the best time possible on our hunts. These hunts are suited to the adventure hunter. With many miles walked in a day, these hunts are not for the ill prepared. These wild quail do not hold, and will run all day - these are not pen-raised preserve quail. However, for those willing to put in the effort pursuing these birds, each bird harvested is a trophy. With typical coveys in the 20-30 bird range, it's hard not to stand in awe as they explode from seemingly sparse cover in front of the dogs' noses. The scenery over our 300,000+ leased acres is spectacular, and life-long memories will be made. Let us share our passion of adventure quail hunting with you.

Date Range

Texas: November - February

What is Provided to Customer

Our service includes your guide and dogs, refreshments and snacks, lunch, and transport to and from hunting locations. Lodging is not offered, but we can happily make arrangements for you.

We are not responsible for providing a Texas hunting license with the Upland Endorsement. Even though we will be hunting private lands, all hunters must have a valid Texas hunting license with the Upland Endorsement.

Region/Terrain Where You Hunt

Far West Texas is home to some of the most beautiful and rugged country on offer. Home to scaled, Gambel's, and Mearns quail, the terrain and habitats are diverse and change quickly. Not being able to hunt Mearns in Texas, scaled and Gambel's quail are typically pursued in Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands punctuated by cholla, yucca, Spanish dagger, prickly pear, and other cactus. Mountain slopes are rocky, and the quail love escaping upslope! The terrain will make you work for each bird pointed by our experienced dogs, but explosions of coveys of 30+ birds from sparse cover will leave you in shock and awe. At days' end you may be tired and sore, but relaxing on the tailgate with an ice-cold beverage will leave you yearning for the next days' hunt!

Typical Weather by Season

While our winters are typically mild, clients should be prepared for any eventuality. Dressing in layers is a must—mornings can start cold, but you soon warm up walking the rugged terrain of Far West Texas.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Most of our clients join us for two days of hunting. Generally we find this is enough time to fully experience a West Texas quail hunt. We will collect you from your lodging of choice and return you to the same location at days end. Because these are wild birds, the number of coveys seen in a day will vary, and this will also be dependent on weather. Because of the amount of walking, most people will find they are sufficiently exercised by the end of the second day. However we do not limit the number of days booked. We are happy to guide you for one day or four (or more!). We can accommodate 1 – 4 hunters each day, but prefer groups of 2-3.


Species You Hunt by Season

Scaled and Gambel's quail. Although we do have Mearn's quail in this region, they are not legal game in Texas.


What Should Customers Bring?

Dress in layers for cooler mornings and warmer afternoons. Blaze orange vest/jacket and cap are recommended. A good pair of walking boots is essential.

Shotguns in 12, 16, 20, and 28 gauge are recommended, and we strongly suggest #6 shot while hunting. Although we prefer clients to use side-by-side or over-and-under shotguns, pump-actions and semi-autos are permissible. If using a pump-action or semi-auto please be attentive and collect all ejected casings while hunting and ensure the breach of the guns is open while not hunting.


Frequently Asked Questions

How many hunters can you accommodate?
As a single guide I can accommodate a maximum of 4 hunters. I prefer to guide 1-2 hunters since this provides more opportunities at coveys. Under special request we can accommodate larger group sizes depending on availability of additional guides.

What gauge and shot size is best?
While hunting desert quail my opinion is that the gauge of the shotgun is not as critical as shot size. I strongly recommend using #6 lead shot since shot distance is typically further than for bobwhite quail. As for gauge, 12 ga. through 28 ga. all seem to do the job just fine – though more experienced shooters may prefer 28 ga. while novices may want to consider something larger.

Can I bring my own dogs?
Yes. We love having clients hunt over their own dogs! If you choose to bring your own dog please ensure they are not aggressive towards other (our) dogs. Additionally, if you are not comfortable with your dogs' travelling in our dog-boxes please provide you own kennel/s for transport.


Ryan O'Shaughnessy
Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide
Alpine, TX 79830
2019 Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide of the Year

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