This year I have tried to keep you in the loop on Best Wingshooting offerings, but have not put together any kind of newsletter on where the business is or is headed, offered any shooting tips, or told you how some of the hunts this year have gone. This is my mid-year update on that and our trips.
South Africa Wingshooting Safaris
We have had some great hunts in Africa so far this year, and the GREAT NEWS about Africa is that next year there is NO price increase. Seven days in Africa for 3 species of doves, Rock Pigeons, 6 species of ducks, 2 species of geese, driven and pointed guinea fowl, Francolin and quail over pointing dogs, all during your stay, and all available from April through July, Africa’s winter, all for $3650.
BUT, there’s more. In 2018, we are offering a Dove/Pigeon special. You choose the number of days you want to hunt, and pay only shells and tips as the extras. Everything else is in the All-Inclusive pricing. Watch for the new flier.
Argentina Wingshooting Packages
The OSP Shooting School booked up completely this year – Ducks, Doves, and Pigeons, three different hunts, nine days, full lodges. If you want Wingshooting practice under the watchful and helpful eyes of professionals, this is your trip.
We are expanding our offerings in Argentina next year, with Quail and Trout in Patagonia, which Laurie and I will host. Also, a lodge in Salta has been recommended to us and we will be taking an exploratory trip there to check it out. Maybe you can join us on one or both trips. Finally, we are going to host a wine and dove/pigeon hunt in Mendoza in 2018 as well. Three days of shooting and two days of vineyard visiting in one of the top wine areas in the world. Stay tuned.
Marty Fischer’s TV show, “If it flies, …”, will feature duck hunting at Veracruz Lodge in Santa Fe with 8 lucky people joining in for the fun. That one booked up quickly too. Marty and I will be doing other featured hunts, (like Spain and Slovakia) so stay tuned for your 2018 opportunity to meet and hunt with one of TV’s great Wingshooters and sportsman.
New Wingshooting Packages in Bolivia
We had a tremendous trip to Bolivia in June for doves and pigeons, always a favorite pairing for most of the Best Wingshooting groups. We shot doves, doves with some pigeons, pigeons with some doves, and all pigeons. It was great. We opted for a three-day program, but will definitely do the four-day program next time, as three days were just not enough. Two lodges, a world class microbrewery in between, pools, hot tubs, spa, masseuse, excellent bird shooting, 20 years of experience, great hosts/owners – What more could you ask for? This was an exploratory trip that proved to be far more than we had hoped. Oh, and from Raleigh, where I live, it was a 7:30 PM departure to a 7:30 AM arrival. Very easy flight and hassle free for bringing your own guns. I liked it. Start planning your 2018 hunt now as their season only runs from April through September. Lots of airlines will get you there, but COPA has a special of $1680 RT Business Class for August. Check out COPA for Argentina flights too. Good airline.
Europe – Driven Partridge in Spain
There is great interest in our Driven Partridge shoot in Spain, January 22 – 26, 2018. I couldn’t publicize this on the web, but I can tell you in the newsletter – One shooter, and one non-shooter, two days of Driven Partridge with bag limits of 300 birds per day, or more, two days of touring Madrid, all with the 4th generation owner of the estancia as our host – $4995, All Inclusive. This is a special offering just for Best Wingshooting clients. No one else gets this kind of quality and service. Call or email me and join in. We are already about full, and Laurie and I will also be hosting.
We have one peg available for Scotland, September 30th through October 4th this year. Call or email me for details.
Goose and Dove Hunting in the United States
I have lined up what should be a really fun hunt in early September. We are goose hunting in the morning and dove shooting in the afternoon with Captain Froggy, http://www.duckhuntingnc.com/home on the coast of NC. Currently there are four of us going, but there is room for several more. You can hunt one, two, three or more days at $300 per day. All the details will be in a flier coming out soon. We hope you can join Laurie, Bugsy, Doug and myself on my 69th birthday hunt.
Global Rescue – Hunting insurance you can’t live without
I am negotiating with Global Rescue to include a 7-day policy with each of Best Wingshooting’s trips. One of the guests in Bolivia, not with us, had what appeared to be serious medical issues one day. He came back to the US after only one day there, and it turns out he probably suffered a mild heart attack, if such a thing can be considered mild. It brought home to all of us who were there that if there was a medical emergency for one of us, we needed a plan on how to handle it. Most of you know I went through a serious period a couple of years ago and still have a heart that doesn’t work as well as most people’s. I was traveling a lot not too many years ago, and had a yearly policy with Global Rescue, which, fortunately, I never had to use. I will be using this service on the trips Laurie and I have planned – Scotland, Spain, Argentina, and Bolivia in the coming year. I want to feel secure in my travels and want all my customers and friends to feel the same.