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Texas Quail Hunting with Mike Wyatt and First Shot Outfitters is the best I've seen in 30+ years of quail hunting. All wild birds are expected in Texas, and Mike has ranches with unusual amounts of quail on them. We usually just hunt coveys, and maybe follow up one or two singles so we aren't too hard on the numbers. Frequently I hunt the last days of the long Texas season with Mike, and we still put up 20+ coveys of bobwhites a day, and easily take our limit. Mike has his own lodge to house hunters, and hunts guys in groups of 2-3/guide. This is the real deal, and very hard to find these days.
Mike also does wonderful spring turkey hunts, and whitetail in the fall. We've hunted turkey with him, and Char took a nice tom the first day.
I’ve hunted with First Shot Outfitters several times. My friends and I make quail and turkey a yearly event. Growing up in the South, quail hunting is an institution. I don’t get to shoot wild quail like my father did; but First Shot takes care of that problem for me. They are incredibly serious about their hunting. They take great pride in true “wild” hunting. I’ve hunted hundreds of thousands of acres with them, never hunting the same acreage twice. The guides and dogs perform like clockwork, but with wild bobwhites/blues the challenge is great and my shooting sometimes lacking. That’s why I love it. Wild birds, awesome dog work and flushes, and taking some birds while missing others. Their intense focus on habitat/game/hunt management translates into the Turkey Hunts as well. I’m an avid Turkey Hunter. I hunt all up down the East Coast and have taken many a wild Tom, but hunting Rio’s with First Shot is special. First of all, you’re hunting big country (hundreds of thousands of acres) with healthy populations of Birds. Rio’s are aggressive, so as a caller you have to be as well. I’ve seen cagey birds run at the decoy with just the right call. I’ve also seen cagey birds tease us, and run away. You can be sure of a few things: 1) You’re going to hear/see some nice Toms, 2) You’re going to call to them and hear them call back 3) Your going to have a thrill hunting them; but getting a shot and killing a big tom is up to you. You’ll work hard, have great hunt, and more likely than not get that big RIO long beard or two. If you get a chance, ask about the bird that jumped the creek to get to us. It was an hour of patient calling followed by 10 minutes of shear panic!!!
The folks at First Shot are every bit as professional about the hospitality of the lodge and accommodations as well. I’ve stayed in two different lodges with them and the atmosphere doesn’t differ between the two. You always have plenty of drinks, nice accommodations, a warm mesquite fire to warm yourself by, and a ton of conversation. Mrs. Monica makes sure that you eat the best for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. It’s the only time I can think of where I hunt hard, walk a lot, and still gain weight. Her recipes are featured in several wild game cookbooks. Her deadliest weapons on me are the Pecan Pie and Quail Poppers, man she puts a hurting on me!
If you like to hunt wild game, these are the guys, they have hundreds of thousands of acres. They are professional hunters that take great pride in their talents right down to the smallest details. Their lodges are first class, food is out of the world, and the hunting is premier. If you want an easy canned hunt, don’t bother calling, it would just insult them.
Monica I wanted to take a minute to tell you and Mike how much my son and I appreciated your professionalism and hospitality. I know that opening day of Dove season is a busy time and even with all that you had going on both of you were so attentive to the details and making sure that everyone was well cared for. We will definitely be coming back again and again. The overall experience was one of quality. Your staff, guests and everyone we met at your operation was warm hearted and professional. Thank you and we are looking forward to our next opportunity to experience a first class hunting experience.
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