You will arrive at the duck lodge anytime after 6:00 PM CDT the evening before your hunt begins. Any remaining balances that have not been paid should be paid upon arrival via cash only. Checks and credit cards cannot be accepted on-site. Everyone in your group will be required to sign a release of liability waiver prior to hunting. The lodge will be fully furnished and can lodge up to 16 hunters in your group. You will be responsible for bringing your own food, drinks, snacks, etc. During the conservation season we do not have a full time cook that stays at the lodge however all kitchen supplies (pots, pans, utensils, plates, bowls, etc) are already there. There is also a grill for grilling your own food. In order to have the entire lodge to yourselves there is a 6 person minimum. We ask that all of your muddy gear stay in the mud room.
The next morning your guide will meet you at the lodge and you will follow behind in your trucks to the hunting grounds. Depending on which farm we will be hunting plan on heading out between 4 – 5 AM CDT. You will be driven by ATV/UTV from the parking areas on our farms to the hunting spots by your guides.
Your guide will provide all of the decoys, layout blinds and callers and/or electronic callers however with the large # of decoys required to hunt snow geese you may need to help set up field decoys in the morning. Also you are welcome to bring your own retriever.
Around 1 PM you will head out to the private game reserve for your afternoon upland bird hunt. The birds are flight conditioned and we offer northern style flushing and European style shoots. You can expect on the combination upland hunt to have a mixed bag of (8-10 Quail, 5-8 Chukar & 3-5 Pheasants) per person per hunt. We will leave the lodge around 1 PM to head to the private game reserve. Plan on bringing good hiking boots as you will be doing a lot of walking & hiking each day. If you have physical disabilities that prevent you from walking 1-3 miles per day, please let us know ahead of time and we can work with you on the set up and/or provide a side-by-side ATV/UTV’s for your assistance.
Your guide will an experienced upland bird hunter and dog handler. Your guide will provide each hunter 2 boxes of 12ga or 20ga shotgun shells. If you are a beginner or just new to upland bird hunting, your guides are happy to help teach you a few tricks of the trade.
Our goal is to make sure everyone has an opportunity to kill as many geese & upland birds as possible and enjoy a true Arkansas hunting experience! After the morning hunt you will be escorted by your guide back to the hunting lodge. We do not provide bird cleaning / processing services for snow geese during the conservation goose season. You are welcome to clean and keep as many of your geese as you would like or our guides can donate them to needy families in the area. During the conservation goose season, there is no limit on snows, blues & ross geese. However we do provide bird processing services for all upland bird hunts. Light geese aren’t only a nuisance to Arkansas farmers, they have become so abundant, they are destroying their nesting grounds in the Arctic Tundra / Boral Forrest. Not only are the geese eating themselves out of house and home, they’re destroying critical habitat for other species that share the Tundra. Biologists can conduct eradication efforts to balance the population, but do so only as a last resort. Increased hunting opportunity is the first wildlife management tool biologists turn to, because it costs very little to implement and is much more socially accepted than other population control measures.
The conservation order is designed so hunters can reduce snow, blue and Ross’ goose numbers through increased harvest. Because of the extreme need for more harvest, many waterfowl hunting regulations are relaxed during the order:
Hunting is allowed from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
There is no daily bag limit or possession limit.
Hunters may use unplugged shotguns.
Hunters may use electronic calls.
No federal or state waterfowl stamps are required to hunt during the conservation order.
Hunters must have a valid hunting license, but it may be from any state.
Steel shot only! We recommend BB or #1 shot.
All hunters participating in the conservation order must get a free registration permit number by calling (800) 364-4263 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Tips are not required but are customary if you feel your guides worked hard to give you the best possible Arkansas goose and upland bird hunting experience.
When you are at the Cupped Wing Guide Service lodge, make yourself at home. This is your Arkansas Goose Hunting & Upland Bird Hunting Vacation! Enjoy it!
Guide Services: $500
Upland Birds: $300
Meals: $0 – Not Included
Note: During Conservation Goose Season we do not have a full time staff at the lodge. So you will be responsible for your own food, drink, cooking & cleaning. This is a fully furnished lodge. All your linens, pillows, pots, pans, plates, bowls, utensils are there for you to use. There is a $500 refundable security/damage deposit required. Assuming you leave the lodge in good order, no damage or items from the lodge missing, you will receive a full refund of your security deposit.