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No frills upland hunts #7430145 02/10/19 09:59 PM
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Iím kicking around the idea of offering no frill upland hunts on my place in Throckmorton County starting late 2019/early 2020. These would be day hunts designed for the common man who wants to shoot quail/chukar/pheasant, run dogs, etc for a reasonable price. Ive got 1 GSP who is a bird finding machine that could be used solo or in conjunction with your dogs. My main hunting field is 50 acres of extremely good bird cover. These pictures are from yesterday (2/9/19). If there is enough interest, Iíll plan to offer this next year.


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Re: No frills upland hunts [Re: TTT Ranch] #7430157 02/10/19 10:12 PM
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Re: No frills upland hunts [Re: TTT Ranch] #7430404 02/11/19 02:00 AM
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Beautiful dog, depends on what it would cost ? Forrest

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What price rang are you thinking about?


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Re: No frills upland hunts [Re: TTT Ranch] #7430675 02/11/19 12:39 PM
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Based on price I'd be interested. Planted birds and flushing with my own dog would be of interest.

Re: No frills upland hunts [Re: TTT Ranch] #7430718 02/11/19 01:31 PM
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I would be interested also using my dogs and working with others dogs. How do you think you would price it?

Re: No frills upland hunts [Re: TTT Ranch] #7430791 02/11/19 02:34 PM
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Let me crunch some numbers and Iíll update everyone in the next few days.

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I would be interested

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Re: No frills upland hunts [Re: TTT Ranch] #7431403 02/11/19 11:57 PM
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Re: No frills upland hunts [Re: TTT Ranch] #7431412 02/12/19 12:06 AM
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If you havenít checked, itís tough to get pen raised bird right now. Shoot me a PM if you need any help guiding. I live over in Graham and have plenty of dogs.

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Might want to get a little flushing dog like a Spaniel. Makes non-flighty birds more flighty


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Re: No frills upland hunts [Re: scalebuster] #7431552 02/12/19 02:39 AM
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Originally Posted by scalebuster
If you havenít checked, itís tough to get pen raised bird right now. Shoot me a PM if you need any help guiding. I live over in Graham and have plenty of dogs.


I have a pretty reliable source for birds.

Re: No frills upland hunts [Re: TTT Ranch] #7432001 02/12/19 04:25 PM
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Hereís what Iíve come up with so far. Willing to take constructive input.

2 hunters - $150/each (includes lunch, bird cleaning)
3 hunters - $125/each (includes lunch, bird cleaning)
4 hunters - $100/each (includes lunch, bird cleaning)

Use of up to 2 guide dogs - $100 for 1 hunt or $175 for 2 hunts

Small packages - 1 morning hunt
30 quail - $300
10 chukar / 5 pheasant - $300

Large package - 1 morning hunt and 1 afternoon hunt
60 quail - $550
20 chukar / 10 pheasant - $550

Additional quail can be added for $10/each.
Additional chukar can be added for $16/each.
Additional pheasant can be added for $22/each.

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So you are saying that for two hunters one morning hunt of 30 quail and two guide dogs?

$150 for each hunter = $300
Pick your hunt package for example 30 quail = $300
if you use 2 guide dogs for the hunt $100
Total of $700

Just wanting to make sure I am reading the post correct.

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In theory, yes. Happy to listen to feedback though. Not looking to get rich doing this as this will be offered once a week at the most. Just trying to put together packages that make sense for both myself and hunters.

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If those are common man prices, what do the rich folks pay??? I hope it works out well for you. If it does I'm getting out of the cattle business and building some flight pens!

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A place I go to is $250 a hunt per person. Which includes dogs, guide, cleaning lunch and beverages. Mixed bag of birds 6 quail, 2 chukar, 2 pheasant. I'm still interested and who knows what is going to happen with the bird population this coming season..... Just thought you might want to see a comparison of prices.

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Originally Posted by fishingpunk
A place I go to is $250 a hunt per person. Which includes dogs, guide, cleaning lunch and beverages. Mixed bag of birds 6 quail, 2 chukar, 2 pheasant. I'm still interested and who knows what is going to happen with the bird population this coming season..... Just thought you might want to see a comparison of prices.


Sounds like Iím pretty close on a fair price since this would be way more birds than you are accustomed to. Would this be more fair?

2 hunters - $175/each (includes lunch, bird cleaning, guide dogs)
3 hunters - $150/each (includes lunch, bird cleaning, guide dogs)
4 hunters - $125/each (includes lunch, bird cleaning, guide dogs)

Small packages - 1 morning hunt
30 quail - $300
10 chukar / 5 pheasant - $300

Large package - 1 morning hunt and 1 afternoon hunt
60 quail - $550
20 chukar / 10 pheasant - $550

Additional quail can be added for $10/each.
Additional chukar can be added for $16/each.
Additional pheasant can be added for $22/each.

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A place I go to is $250 a hunt per person. Which includes dogs, guide, cleaning lunch and beverages. Mixed bag of birds 6 quail, 2 chukar, 2 pheasant. I'm still interested and who knows what is going to happen with the bird population this coming season..... Just thought you might want to see a comparison of prices.


Sounds like Iím pretty close on a fair price since this would be way more birds than you are accustomed to. Would this be more fair?

2 hunters - $175/each (includes lunch, bird cleaning, guide dogs)
3 hunters - $150/each (includes lunch, bird cleaning, guide dogs)
4 hunters - $125/each (includes lunch, bird cleaning, guide dogs)

Small packages - 1 morning hunt
30 quail - $300
10 chukar / 5 pheasant - $300

Large package - 1 morning hunt and 1 afternoon hunt
60 quail - $550
20 chukar / 10 pheasant - $550

Additional quail can be added for $10/each.
Additional chukar can be added for $16/each.
Additional pheasant can be added for $22/each.

I see flight conditioned quail for sale up here for $5 quite often so I assume they can be raised quite a bit cheaper than that. Seems like you should be able to cut the bird costs down quite a bit and still make a profit. Also, $350 a day is more than a lot of the "common folk" you say you are catering to make in a day doing something they loathe. You want to make that in a morning doing something you love? Will this be your only source of income?

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When we add hunters does the bird count increase? 3 hunters would be 45 quail?

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When we add hunters does the bird count increase? 3 hunters would be 45 quail?

I believe you pay $150 per hunter to hunt and then purchase the package of birds you want. 45 quail would be $450 ABOVE the $150 per hunter to hunt. Three hunters and 45 quail would be $900 for a morning hunt.

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I see flight conditioned quail for sale up here for $5 quite often so I assume they can be raised quite a bit cheaper than that. Seems like you should be able to cut the bird costs down quite a bit and still make a profit. Also, $350 a day is more than a lot of the "common folk" you say you are catering to make in a day doing something they loathe. You want to make that in a morning doing something you love? Will this be your only source of income?[/quote]

I donít raise my own birds nor do I pay only $5/bird for quail. No, this is not my only source of income. My partner and I will do this once a week at the most. Just curious if youíve priced many upland hunts lately? Thank you for your input.

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TTT, you will have people standing in line. Hunting wild birds usually involves a lot of driving and expense, with no guarantee of finding birds. Those seeking the instant gratification of hitting the easy button will book hunts.


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