Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide in Arizona
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What is Provided:
Lunch and transportation from your lodging are included. If bringing your own dogs you will need to follow in your vehicle. When wet, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is a must. Shells are provided at no cost. Quality double guns are available for your use at no charge, you are just responsible for any damages. Snacks and beverages are provided in the field.
If you choose our all-inclusive package on the Babacomari Ranch meals and lodging are included with your package.
Comfortable broken in boots are your most critical piece of gear. A 20 gauge, break-action, lightweight gun with more open chokes is recommended. 12 and 16 gauge is a bit of overkill, but still fine. 28 gauge is acceptable if taking shots within good killing range. Most importantly, bring a gun that you are comfortable with and shoot well. Sunscreen, a strap vest, and blaze orange mesh caps are suggested.
What to Bring (Additional):
Binoculars and camera.
Our guiding takes place from early December thru mid-February when all three species are legal targets and the snakes are in brumation.
- Mearns quail
- Gambel's quail
- Scaled quail
Our hunts take place in hilly, rocky terrain. Epic mountain views are a constant. Gambel's are typically found at the lowest elevations in washes with little ground cover. Scalies are mostly found a bit higher with a bit heavier grass. Mearns are up higher, mostly on oak/juniper hillsides with thick grass. The Babacomari Ranch offers the only running water in winter, giving Classic Bird Hunts a distinct advantage.
Weather is similar throughout the season, typically with highs around 60 F and lows around freezing. That being said, there will be occasional days with highs in the 70s and even a few days when temps never top freezing. Bring layers that can be easily shed. Rain is also a possibility.
We encourage guests to bring their own dogs and enjoy getting them on birds.
Game cleaning and handling is provided by your guide.
Wireless internet available at lodgings. Cell phone service can be spotty.
Nearest commercial airports TUS, a 65 minute drive, PHX a three-hour drive. Sierra Vista Airport for private planes is just 15 minutes from our headquarters.
Dove, duck, and coyote hunts are an option. The area is rich in Native American history. Other area highlights include the Desert Museum in Tucson and Katchner Caverns. Nearby towns Bisbee, Patagonia, and Tubac offer a variety of dining and arts.
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