Join Orvis and Shooting Sportsman Magazine for an upland hunt at Texas's own Greystone Castle Sporting Club.

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Shooting Sportsman Hunt at Greystone Castle


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Dates:
December 8-12, 2022

Length of Trip:
4-nights, 5 days

Pricing:
$6990 per hunter (private room)


Highlights:

  • Five walk-up mixed bag hunts on several thousand acres of premium upland habitat
  • World-class guides and dogs
  • An afternoon of European-style pheasant shooting
  • Exquisite dining and lodging in a facility unlike any other
  • Additional activities include big game/exotic hunts, trophy bass fishing, sporting clays, 5-stand, and long-range rifle shooting

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The Story

Join Orvis and Shooting Sportsman Magazine for a 5-day, 4-night wingshooting experience at Texas’s award-winning Greystone Castle Sporting Club. This hosted trip will include five walk-up, mixed-bag hunts and one European-style pheasant shoot, with additional opportunities for guests to enjoy sporting clays and 5-stand. Greystone Castle, located just west of the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area, is a one-of-a-kind destination. Guest suites, lodging, and dining are all located within a grand stone castle, while hunting takes place on nearly 6,000 acres of surrounding private ground. Exceptional walk-up hunting for pheasant, quail, and partridge is facilitated by a seasoned guide team and strings of classy gundogs. Guests return from the field to enjoy a fireside drink in the castle’s grand pavilion then adjourn to the formal dining room for a meal prepared with love by executive chef Vickie Sewell. Greystone Castle is a sporting oasis in central Texas, and a place where folks can enjoy an abundance of birds in a diverse expanse of cover. Greystone delivers royal treatment, ensuring guests an elegant, but comfortable, hunting getaway.

Accommodation

Greystone Castle is just that, a stone structure complete with turrets and ivy-clad walls perched high above the historic brick-making town of Thurber, TX. The central courtyard of the castle filters guests towards a grand pavilion, which is home to a staffed bar, sitting area, and game room, all of which maintain sweeping views of the hunting grounds. 5 suites contain 15 private bedrooms that are available to guests, each room with its own bathroom, luxurious bed, and artful décor. The formal dining room and its grand fireplace are looked after by executive chef Vickie Sewell and her culinary team. The physical castle also includes a spacious conference facility, a swimming pool with hot tub, a gunroom with poker table, and a stocked pro shop. Just outside the castle walls, a scenic lookout affords a breathtaking vista of the entire estate.


Meals & Alcohol

Dining at Greystone Castle starts with your evening in the pavilion bar with mouthwatering appetizers including our world famous 7 Spiced Crispy Quail.

Each morning will start with a traditional southern breakfast. Either fresh made biscuits and gravy, fluffy pancakes, or crispy bacon and eggs. Those guests that want something lighter will enjoy fresh fruit and pastry.

After the morning hunt, lunch favorites include Pork loin and cheese grits, pheasant salad wraps, or the famous Buffalo burger.

Liquor and meals are included in the package price.


    Thursday, December 8:
  • 3 PM Afternoon Arrival
  • Optional 5-stand/Sporting Clays (added cost)
  • Appetizers and cocktails in the Pavilion
  • Dinner in the dining room
  • Fireside nightcap and cigar in the Pavilion

  • Friday, December 9:
  • Breakfast in the dining room
  • Morning Upland Walk-Up Hunt
  • Lunch in the dining room
  • Afternoon Upland Walk-Up Hunt
  • Appetizers and Cocktails in the Pavilion
  • Dinner in the dining room
  • Live Entertainment/Music in the Pavilion

  • Saturday, December 10:
  • Breakfast in the dining room
  • Morning Upland Walk-Up Hunt
  • Lunch in the dining room
  • Afternoon European Style Pheasant Shoot
  • Appetizers and Cocktails in the Pavilion
  • Dinner in the dining room
  • Live Entertainment/Music in the Pavilion

  • Sunday, December 11:
  • Breakfast in the dining room
  • Morning Upland Walk-Up Hunt
  • Lunch in the dining room
  • Afternoon Upland Walk-Up Hunt
  • Appetizers and Cocktails in the Pavilion
  • Dinner in the dining room
  • Live Entertainment/Music in the Pavilion

  • Monday, December 12:
  • Breakfast
  • Departure

Guests on this trip to Greystone Castle will enjoy 5 half-day sessions of walk-up hunting for a mixed bag of pheasants, bobwhite quail, and chukar partridge. Hunting takes place in the low country below the castle proper, which affords hunters plenty of space to stretch out. With the help of Greystone’s revered pointing and flushing dogs, guests hunt grass strips, scrub, overgrown ditch edges, and sparse oak stands. Birds use the cover to great advantage, and coveys assemble in large number. Guests who enjoy a long walk can find one at Greystone Castle, though flat ground and manicured cover allow easier navigation for those who require it.

Guests will also take part in a European-style pheasant shoot, which guarantees to feature high, hard-flying birds and plenty of them. The orchestration of this shoot makes it a great group activity, one that blends challenging shooting, a refined tradition, and good fun.

Those shooters who wish can add sporting clays or 5-stand to the stay. Greystone Castle has two complete sporting clays courses and two 5-stands, any of which will meet the needs of the most discriminating wingshooter. Whether guests wish for a brief warm-up preceding the hunt, or whether they wish to dig in for a full round or two of clays, Greystone Castle can provide.

What is Included?

  • 4 nights lodging
  • 3 full-days hunting including 5 walk-up mixed bag hunts and 1 European style Pheasant Shoot
  • 3 hunters/Guide
  • All meals/bar including Arrival dinner and Departure breakfast
  • Hunting License/Permit
  • 6 boxes of ammo per hunter
  • Bird processing
  • Shuttle to/from DFW airport (specific shuttle times)
  • Orvis Host Reid Bryant


What is Not Included?

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Local tax
  • Shipping of processed birds
  • Items of personal nature
  • Gun rental & pro shop purchases


How many people are on this trip?

15 maximum

**Orvis Adventures reserves the right to cancel this trip in the unlikely event that a minimum number of travelers (6 Hunters) are not met. In the event of such a cancellation, full refunds, or a transfer of funds to an alternate trip will be offered.


What skill level is suggested?

All skill levels are welcome, though we ask that participants have some previous experience in upland hunting or clay target shooting.


How strenuous are the activities?

Trip can be tailored to all fitness levels, though the upland hunts do require that participants walk behind dogs over rolling terrain.


Is this a child-friendly trip?

Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip as a hunter. Gun/hunter safety education is strongly encouraged as a pre-requisite for participation.


What additional activities are available?

  • 5-Stand and Sporting Clays
  • Long-Range Rifle course
  • Big game and Exotic hunts
  • Trophy bass fishing on the castle’s 80-acre lake
  • Live music and fire pits in the pavilion


What is the typical weather?

Weather is fairly mild during the fall and winter with average low temps in the 30s-40s and high temps in the 50s-60s. Although temperatures can fluctuate during this time from much above to much below average, extreme temperatures usually are short-lived. It's best to check the forecast for Mingus, Texas (76463) just prior to your trip for the most accurate weather conditions.


What gear do you recommend?

You are welcome to bring your own gun or rent one. Ammo is available for sale on-site, or guests can bring their own. Brush pants are recommended but not required. Bring a good pair of shoes or boots and extra socks. Blaze orange is required on every person in the fields, not just the hunters. Eye and ear protection are a must. Shirts, hats and/or vests are recommended. Dining is smart-casual, so no need for formal attire.

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & Clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.

Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

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Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

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