Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide located in Alpine, Texas

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Ryan O'Shaughnessy

Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide


Phone icon321-279-6506 Email iconwesttexasquailoutfitters@gmail.com Link iconwesttexasquailoutfitters.com
Alpine, TX 79830

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The Story

Enjoy the expertise of Orvis-endorsed guide Ryan O'Shaughnessy on your wingshooting trip to Alpine, Texas: "Our main focus at West Texas Quail Outfitters is not simply the harvest of quail. We strive to offer our clients an experience they will never forget. We offer an appreciation for the resource, the scenery, the dogs, our friends, and the quail."

We are a 100% wild bird operation. As such, success on the hunt will depend on the weather, the breeding season, and most importantly the dedication of our clients to finding the birds. This is not your pen-raised preserve hunt. We typically walk 10-12 miles in a day after these desert quail. However, nothing can prepare you for the thrill of coveys of 20-plus wild scaled or Gambel's quail flushing in front of dogs steady on point.

We never 'double book' our hunts. If you make a reservation with us, we guarantee you will be the only group hunting quail on one of our leases for the duration of your stay. Our leases range from 23,000 to 65,000 acres in size, offering a combined total of ~330,000 acres of exclusive quail country to our guests.

We think our guests offer the best explanation of why you should hunt with us:

"This is one of the most organized, exceptional bird hunts in all of North America. Total joy for the pure wingshooter."

"Southern hospitality meets the luxury of an African safari is the best way to describe hunting with West Texas Outfitters. Ryan has great leases full of quail and watching the dogs do their magic provided a trip full of memories!! From the moment I contacted Ryan to discuss a hunt, until the moment we wrapped up the hunt, I was treated with absolute professionalism. Ryan always takes the time to explain the how and why of the way we hunted and his ability to educate allows his clients to learn as they hunt. After a morning of chasing those little running birds, you are treated to a five-star lunch cooked by Ryan's wife and expertly served in a safari-style setting. First-class operation !!!!"

Season:

November through February.

Species:

  • Gambel's quail
  • Scaled quail

Region/Terrain:

Chihuahuan high desert of far west Texas. Elevation 5000-6000 feet. After collection from a hotel of your choice, average travel time to one of our eight leases is ~30 minutes. The area is dominated by cactus desert grasslands. Moderate levels of fitness are required as we are walking after wild birds.

Typical Weather:

Typical weather is sunny days with temperatures ranging from 45 to 65 degrees F. Wind is often expected.

Rates:

Rates start from: $550. You can find all pricing information at: http://www.westtexasquailoutfitters.com/availability

What is Provided:

Guests are collected from a hotel of their choice at 8:00 a.m. We generally start hunting buy 9:00 a.m. Guide, quail rig, dogs, refreshments, and snacks are provided. A cooked lunch served with your choice of wines is provided at midday. After lunch, hunting resumes until roughly 5:00 p.m. Guests are generally returned to their hotel by 6:30 p.m. All birds harvested are cleaned, packaged, and frozen by your guide and ready for your departure.

Gear Recommendations:

Dress in layers for cooler mornings and warmer afternoons. Blaze orange vest/jacket and cap are recommended. Brush pants are recommended, but not essential. A good pair of walking boots is essential.

Shotguns in 12, 16, 20, and 28 gauge are recommended, and we strongly suggest #6 shot (lead) 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.

What to Bring (Additional):

A camera and good friends! The scenery is spectacular and we'd hate for you to miss out on panoramic photo opportunities.

We also welcome guests bringing their own dogs.

Other:

Can guests bring their own dogs?
Yes, as long as your dogs do not harass livestock on one of the many working cattle ranches we lease.

What shot size do you recommend?
We recommend #6 lead shot through modified chokes.

What is the nearest airport?
The nearest commercial airports are Midland (2.5 hours) and El Paso (3 hours). Both Alpine and Marfa offer private airstrips available to guest preferring to travel in their own planes.

How many hunters can you accommodate?
We typically prefer 1-3 hunters. We can make exceptions for 4 hunters on a single hunt, but please discuss with us before your hunt. We are also able to accommodate groups of 6 hunters by splitting the group 3-3 on our quail Jeeps.

Additional Activities:

We also offer aoudad (Barbary sheep) and pronghorn hunting on a limited basis to our quail hunting guests. Please contact us for more information.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Hunt! Ryan is a great guy, has great dogs, and hunts some amazing country. You won't be disappointed. This is a true quail hunting experience, and even though conditions were tough this year, Ryan and his dogs worked tirelessly to put me on birds. Can't say enough good things about this outfit.
Date published: 2021-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Start to finish great experience Ultimately I believe the people make the biggest impact on most experiences. Ryan is just a good person and someone easy and enjoyable to spend time with. Throw in the opportunity to hike through some of the most beautiful country and chase a great game bird, it’s hard to have a better time in the field.
Date published: 2021-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WILD WILD WILD Once again, Ryan killed it. There is a reason we rebook each year, typically before we leave a hunt. This hunt is as wild of an adventure as you could hope to find in the U.S. If ADVENTURE is what you're looking for, book now. Bring some great hunting boots, and maybe have a little physical fitness and you are sure to have a great hunt. But you should know that desert hunting of a wild population may not be a "limit a day" type of hunt, but if you're seeking a bounty of birds, the desert is probably not the place for you. You will be on birds, but bag limits and population are dependent on weather and shooing ability. Go for the adventure, and you will be blessed with a great hunt. And a great adventurous hunt is what Ryan is the best at!!! Great dogs, great personality, great vistas.
Date published: 2021-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic experience Josh is an excellent guide. He has great knowledge of the area and the birds. Big blue sky. Cold air and inspiring vistas. Roll in a trip to Big Bend National Park, Marfa and Alpine while you are at it. Do it! you will love it!
Date published: 2020-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great guide and hunting trip! We had the best time. Ryan is an incredible guide and helped make our trip such a memorable experience. We have already booked a hunting weekend for next season.
Date published: 2020-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great time in the great West! Ryan and his guides did a great job. Even in a challenging environment the guide Zach took great care of us. We will definitely go back!
Date published: 2020-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Experience Great dogs and even better guide. With inclement weather Ryan was able to get us on another lease on short notice through his local connections. This is our fourth year with Ryan and each year he improves on his equipment and refines the experience. We’ve already made our reservations for 2021.
Date published: 2020-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blues and Golf Ryan is a hard working professional guide. We had a great time hunting with him and look forward to coming back many times in the future.
Date published: 2020-03-07
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