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PHEASANT HUNTING

Lodge:  Rooster Ridge East

Was this your first time hunting with us?  Yes

Tell us what you enjoyed the most about your stay: The accommodations & the food were Excellent ,. really liked the Rooster Ridge East setting.
Our guide, Scotty and the dogs were top-notch. Super friendly guy a very good guy.
The dogs were real pros as well.

How was your experience hunting in the field? Outstanding number, and quality of birds. Also, very diverse topography all three days really enjoyed the last property with the heavily wooded area around the corn. Scotty was very accommodating with our diverse group of hunters.

Do you have any comments for our staff, guides, dogs, or chef? One of the best lodge sporting experiences that I have had in the last 30 years certainly anxious to plan another trip with you using one of the Rooster Ridge locations.

Review: Had a very good experience with the Thunderstick Lodge folks at the rooster Ridge location would certainly recommend it and plan on returning sometime in the next year or two.

Group Leader booking remarks:

Other Comments: Thanks

Evan McCaw

HELICOPTER PIG HUNTING

Lodge:  Main Lodge (Hanger Lodge)

Was this your first time hunting with us?  Yes

What did you enjoy the most about your stay?:  The staff were very accomodating and provided excellent service. Accomodations were very nice and provided a relaxing stay.

What was your favorite part of the hunt? The helicopter hunt was awesome!

Review:  Do it! You will not be disappointed!

Do you have any comments for our staff, guides, pilot, or chef?  No

Group Leader booking remarks:

Brian Rogers

Pheasant Hunting

Lodge: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Was this your first time hunting with us? Yes

Tell us what you enjoyed the most about your stay: First class accommodations and a very friendly staff.

How was your experience hunting in the field? Being our first pheasant hunt, we didn’t know what to expect. Our guide (Brock) was awesome and made the whole field experience exceptional.

Do you have any comments for our staff, guides, dogs, or chef? Brock was great and his dogs worked really well. The staff was fantastic, the food prep and service was top tier also.

Review: I highly recommend booking a hunt with Gage. We were impressed with all aspects of the trip from booking to departure.

Group Leader booking remarks: The booking experience was done through email and was very easy.

Other Comments: Thanks Thunderstik, for an awesome experience!

Jeremy Phillips

Pheasant Hunting

Lodge: Rooster Ridge East

Was this your first time hunting with us? Yes

Tell us what you enjoyed the most about your stay: We enjoyed meeting the other hunters added to our group of three. The meals and accommodations were great; culminating in fantastic hunting.

How was your experience hunting in the field? Ray Wellman is a fantastic guide and put us in front of an amazing number of birds! Although it was cold and windy, we had plenty of shooting opportunities.

Another key element was Ray’s focus on safety. We were never concerned during our hunt.

Do you have any comments for our staff, guides, dogs, or chef? Kudos to the chef! Every meal was great!

The dogs were very well trained and Ray handled them like the pro he is.

Ray is a fantastic guide! Well organized, clear in his instructions and communications, and very friendly.

Review: For a fantastic hunting experience, I highly recommend Thunderstick Lodge. They have packages all types of hunters can afford and everything is very well run.

We saw plenty of birds and had great opportunities to bring them home. Our trip is a memory we will never forget. We can’t wait to go again!

Group Leader booking remarks: I purchased this trip at a DU banquet in 2021. After clearing up a booking issue for the trip in 2022, we booked for March 16-20 this year.

Other Comments: We would like information on booking another pheasant hunt in 2024 or 2025.

Michael Lynch

Helicopter Pig Hunting

Date: 01/07/2023
Lodge stay in: Divded Find Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge – quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 9

Lodge was great; we would recommend putting a hair dryer in the lodge for female guests.

Lodge staff: 10

Everyone we met was top notch.

Meals and Bar: 10

Jerry was an amazing cook and very hospitable! Highly recommend to anyone!

Hunting Guides: 10

Bass was top-notch! We cannot say this enough – he truly is an exceptional guide. He was knowledgeable, made us feel welcome, and went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of and comfortable. If it wasn’t for him, we don’t believe our time there would have been nearly as fulfilling.

Quality of the hunt: 10

Shanda Grey

Pheasant Hunting at Thunderstik Lodge

Date: 09/23/2022
Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge – quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Excellent accommodations, Friendly staff, everything is clean and up to date.

Lodge staff: 10

Everyone we met was top notch.

Meals and Bar: 10

Top notch food and liquor.

Hunting Guides: 10

If there was a 15 i would have selected it. Garrett was a very knowledgeable friendly guide that really made the hunt that much better. Very experienced.

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

My first time and i ready to come again.

 

Jason Edmonds

Pheasant Hunting at Thunderstik Lodge

Date: 09/23/2022
Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge – quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

The entire staff was great and always placed service to the Client foremost in all that they did and they are all just great people.

Meals and Bar: 10

Top notch food and liquor.

Hunting Guides: 10

Jay and Scotty were great. Would hunt with them again on next trip.

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

Great! Always a please to hunt with you guys.

 

Bobby Surles

AFRICAN SAFARI EXPERIENCE IN TEXAS!

Date: 6/19/22

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge – quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals: 9

Hunting Guides: 10

Additional comment on guides:

Again I’d give Bass, Dillion, and Jim all a solid 15 on this best group I have ever been able to hunt with.

Quality of the hunt: 10

Jason Selby

Bucket list hunt for sure!

Date: 11/04/2021
Lodge stay in: Divided Find Ranch

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Rob was very informative and excellent in his explanations and responsiveness. Very professional and a pleasure to work with on getting the hunt set up

Lodge – quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 9

Lodge staff: 10

The staff was awesome. They all were extremely friendly, well organized and professional but were comfortable on a friend level. The meals were very good with an obvious love of making quality food by the chef and his staff. Everything was set up and ready to go with our firearms and ammo for the hunt and was well orchestrated to make it seamless for our different groups to roll through our multiple flights. I also can’t speak highly enough of the pilot. Carson was really smooth in all of his flying, communicated very well and had a very well laid out flight plan to accommodate 3 different groups of shooters over 6 hours of flight time and got us on lots of targets.
The entire staff was great.

Meals & Bars: 10

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Jim was really well organized and had everything set up for us to have a great time and hunt. He was great to hang out with and informative. He was happy to assist in any way and also a great tour guide to show us around Divided Find ranch and all of the cool animals on there!

Quality of the hunt: 10

Additional comment:

I appreciate your business being so accommodating to us that got our hunts from Duck Unlimited. We felt like we were no different that the millionaires that probably book these hunts at Divided Find as well and it turns the experience into something that usually seems far fetched to doable for blue collar business people as well. Bucket list hunt for sure! Hopefully went from a “once in a lifetime” thing to being a regular event!

David Deren

Walleye Fishing at Thunderstik Lodge

Date: 8/8 to 8/11/21
Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge – quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals & Bars: 10

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Additional comments

We had a great time and really enjoyed the accommodations and hospitality. We hope to go back someday.

Richard

Helicopter Pig Hunting

Date: 5/28
Lodge stayed in: Texas Specialties Helicopter Hog Hunting

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge – quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10
Dana and his crew took care of everyone of our needs and communicated very effectively during our stay.

Meals: 10
Patrick was a very good chef. The food was excellent and I likely gain weight while I was there enjoying the very good cuisine

Hunting Guides: 10
Bass is a really good guy! We had fun on the predator hunt with him and got good advice from him. He was very patient with my son and I during the predator hunt as well.

Dylan Is a superb pilot and a excellent hunting guide. He got us on the hogs and chased him into a position where we are able to shoot him. He is a very friendly pilot with great advice. It was a joy getting to meet both he and bass and Dana.

Quality of the hunt: 9
The helicopter hunting was fantastic! My son and I had a blast. We got 27 hogs which was what I had hoped for.. Paragraph the predator hunt was a bust. We shot no predators or even saw any predators. This is likely related to the time of year. We did have fun with Dylan and bass during the hunt and bass was nice enough to shoot to rattlesnakes to keep us safe.

Additional comments

I have access to two ranches one in Colorado and one in northern New Mexico to shoot prairie dogs. We also have the opportunity to hunt elk in Colorado.

Patrick McCarthy

Nicaragua Duck & Dove Hunt

DUCKS, DUCKS, AND MORE DUCKS… Nicaragua is the place to go! Gage Outdoor Expeditions is the full service outfitter to go with. From beginning to end, our trip was a pleasant, hassle-free experience. Not only was our hunt guide, Nacho, amazingly energetic and one step ahead of the ducks, but he is an extraordinary photographer that helped capture the moment. Only in Nicaragua can you have an amazing duck hunt at the base of an active volcano! There is no doubt that we got the full package as it exceeded our expectations. The hotel accommodations were top of the line. The meals provided were spectacular. I’ve never experienced a hunt guide and hotel that were so accommodating and into detail. I’ve shot doves in Argentina and it does not compare to the experience of duck hunts in Nicaragua. I would highly recommend Gage Outdoor Expeditions and their spectacular guide, Nacho. You will not be disappointed if you’re looking for a one of a kind hunt like no other.

Tracey Haddock

HELICOPTER PIG HUNTING

Lodge:  2 Person Cabin

Was this your first time hunting with us?  Yes

What did you enjoy the most about your stay?:  Staff was awesome

What was your favorite part of the hunt? Hunting the gemsbok

Review:  Wonderful staff very knowledgeable about the animals and hunting. Great accommodations

Do you have any comments for our staff, guides, pilot, or chef? 

Group Leader booking remarks: 

Chad Ressler

Pheasant Hunting

Lodge: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Was this your first time hunting with us? Yes

Tell us what you enjoyed the most about your stay: The True American Culture & Spirit comes out strong!!!

How was your experience hunting in the field? A great natural hunt on farm ground and wind breaks, lots of birds that know how to fly and challenge a person.

Do you have any comments for our staff, guides, dogs, or chef? Most friendly place to spend time, a real treat.

Very personable, patient, knowledgeable guides.

The dogs were the best I have ever hunted with, watching the dogs work is a true highlight.

The young lady chef and team mates prepared a wonderful variety and some of the best food you will find anywhere in the world!!!

Review: The field hunts nicely accommodate the young or old. Lots of birds, keep the chamber full. The lodge is a great place to unwind in the evenings with wonderful view of the river.
This is the place to go, If you like being catered to in every detail, chance to shoot your limit daily, eat the best food and enjoy friendship

Class Act in every aspect.

Group Leader booking remarks:

Other Comments: Thanks to all, that made this trip a wonderful experience!!

Jerry Graber

Pheasant Hunting

Lodge: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Was this your first time hunting with us? No, I have been before

Tell us what you enjoyed the most about your stay: Hard to pick one thing. Everything about Thunderstik is excellent. Brock was his highly competent and knowledgeable self.
Food was great. Lodging and hospitality was perfect.
And the hunting was superb. Birds flew great.

How was your experience hunting in the field?

Do you have any comments for our staff, guides, dogs, or chef?

Review:

Group Leader booking remarks:

Other Comments:

Larry Brooks

Pheasant Hunting

Lodge: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Was this your first time hunting with us? Yes

Tell us what you enjoyed the most about your stay: Our guide Brock, and the staff at the lodge.

How was your experience hunting in the field? Hunting conditions were a bit challenging with all of the snow, which is out of everyone’s control. The staff worked hard to make the best of it. A couple of our hunts had very recently released birds, which was not ideal.

Do you have any comments for our staff, guides, dogs, or chef? Lodge staff was awesome – 5 stars.
Brock and his dogs were awesome – 5 stars.
Chef & food – 5 stars.

Review: Had an awesome experience at Thunderstik Lodge. Staff is top notch top to bottom. Great venue, from rooms to lodge to the hunting fields, Thunderstik staff pays attention to every detail. Couldn’t ask for more.

Group Leader booking remarks:

Other Comments: I am looking for a quality Canadian moose hunt.

Mark Rich

Helicopter Pig Hunting

What a team you have put together!

Starting with the fun, enthusiastic Amy and ALL the ranch dogs we were greeted warmly by the entire team and the adventure begins!

This was a great gift and on my bucket list for a helicopter hunt for a long time!

Can’t say enough about our Pilot Carson! He not only has a great personality but professional and informative and put us to ease in high winds! He is an ultimate professional and a great asset!

While on the ranch we enjoyed Bass and his fun personality and his education. He was a great guide and bullshitter and an excellent skinner!

Chef Jerry was beyond exceptional in food choices and presentation and personality as well.

We enjoyed the entire team, the management and ease of our stay! We definitely want to come back for another Heli Hunt and to hunt your other locations as well!

Shelley & Jason M.

Pheasant hunting in SD

Date: 09/15/2022
Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge – quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lisa and her team do a fantastic job.

Lodge staff: 10

The staff was awesome. They all were extremely friendly, well organized and professional but were comfortable on a friend level. The meals were very good with an obvious love of making quality food by the chef and his staff. Everything was set up and ready to go with our firearms and ammo for the hunt and was well orchestrated to make it seamless for our different groups to roll through our multiple flights. I also can’t speak highly enough of the pilot. Carson was really smooth in all of his flying, communicated very well and had a very well laid out flight plan to accommodate 3 different groups of shooters over 6 hours of flight time and got us on lots of targets.
The entire staff was great.

Meals & Bars: 10

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

They work really hard for all of us to have a great time. Garret really puts the T Stik face on for everyone.

Quality of the hunt: 10

Additional comment:

Great fields and good flushing roosters, looking forward to next year already

Bill O'Brien

Pheasant Hunting at Thunderstik Lodge

Date: 09/07/2022
Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge – quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals & Bars: 10

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Hunting with Clint was terrific. It was more like hunting with a knowledgeable friend than with a guide. He was particularly kind to my wife, who was on her first hunt.

Quality of the hunt: 10

 

Steve Reich

AFRICAN SAFARI EXPERIENCE IN TEXAS!

Date: 7/7/22
Lodge stay in: Divided Find Ranch

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge – quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals: 10

Hunting Guides: 10

Additional comment on guides:

Again, all were so welcoming knowledgeable. I’ve never seen a group of folks that genuinely cared so much to make sure the experience we had was the best.

Quality of the hunt: 10

Bill Dodson

WE LOVED OUR HELICOPTER HOG HUNT!

Date: 9/5/21
Lodge stay in: Texas Specialties Helicopter Hog Hunting

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge – quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals: 10

Hunting Guides: 10

Quality of the hunt: 10

Tyler

Nicaragua Duck & Dove Hunt

Our guide Nacho was the best guide I have ever had on a hunting trip. The bird boys were very good. They went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience. The scenery was beautiful and plenty of ducks. I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to shoot ducks in Nicaragua.

Boyd Group

Pheasant Hunting at Thunderstik Lodge

Date: 11/04/2021
Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge – quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals & Bars: 10

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Garrett is always great!

Quality of the hunt: 10

George Ward

Argentina Dove Hunt

Our recent dove hunt to Entre Rios province of Argentina was amazing. It far exceeded our expectations. The volume of doves was incredible, shooting was non stop. The staff in the field and at the resort was the very best. Our family is planning next years trip we will be bringing our wives.

Stewart

Argentina Dove Hunt

I wanted to thank you and your group for a fantastic bird hunt early this month. Peter and his men took care of everything we could ask for and more and went out of his way to make the non-hunting wives of the group feel involved. The lodge and accommodations were excellent. The 3 day bird hunt left nothing to be desired and the shooting was absolutely everything a person goes to Argentina to experience. Thanks again to Peter for all his help to make this trip a hunt of a lifetime.

Alan Smith

Argentina Duck & Dove Hunt

This was our third trip with Gage Outdoor Expeditions in Argentina, our second at San Juan. All of the trips have been wonderful, but this last one with Diego and his crew was the very best! Diego did an awesome job from the staff through the hunters. He knows how to run a good lodge! Everyone was happy!

Lori Goldade

Argentina Dove Hunt

What an exciting hunting trip. This experience exceeded everything I hoped and dreamed of. Everything was taken care of from the moment we arrived to the final moments before departure. We ran into a little snag as the airport shut down the day of our departure flight (due to an employee strike). Our guides took care of everything, from rebooking our flight to extending our accommodations. The food was excellent, the staff was excellent, EVERYTHING was excellent. We are already planning our next trip!

Tony, Drew & Silvio

Costa Rica Fishing

Casey and son Matt had a great time in Costa Rica. Lots of fish & fun!

“My son with a 110 pound yellowfin. Great trip.We took turns fighting it. Took us just over an hour to boat it.”

Casey & Son Matt