I have been a resident of the great state of Arizona for 19+ years and am an avid upland hunter. Arizona bird hunting all started for me with dove, then gambels, then scaled, 'til you hit the top of the upland hierarchy (at least in my humble opinion) the Mearns. After bird hunting afoot on my own for a few years, I started working with dogs, training them, etc. until my hobby had slowly consumed a lot of my life. ...And I have never been happier.
The idea for the company all started over a conversation with the wife. It was (strongly) suggested that I need to develop a plan for retirement and I should do what I love. Not to try and earn a living, just fill the time and keep me out of her hair. This followed a day of hunting with friends that had used guide services and said they were more successful and had more fun hunting with me and my dogs (their words, not mine). A couple of years later, here we are. LunaRita Outfitters, LLC. and the hopes of sharing my passion for upland hunting in southern Arizona with others.
LRO sarted in the 2013-14 hunting season and had a great first season with plenty of satisfied clients. I do a lot of scouting all over southern AZ. I spend the majority of my time scouting, training pups, and hunting. I can all but guarantee I will get you on birds, if you are willing to put in the boot time. I will get you in the right spots, our pups will find 'em and return them to you on demand. I can't guarantee that you can hit 'em............(They are wild birds and don't always cooperate with our plans for them)
In 2016 we added Utah grouse to our offered services. We received our Utah Outfitter license and are proud to offer Blue and Ruffed Grouse hunts in central Utah
If you are looking for a fun, safe bird hunt in the low or high desert, working over well trained dogs and shouldering up for some flushes, come on out and lets hunt some birds.
As we have grown and developed a lot of repeat clients, we have also added guides to expand our services. Our guides are screened, trained, and work under contract strictly for LRO under a code of conduct and performance expectations. All are very experienced with well trained dogs. See "The Guides" page for more information on who will be taking you out.
What LRO isn't
LunaRita Outfitters isn't gun or dog snobs. Don't care if you bring an auto loader, pump or a fine break action as long as you hunt safe over the pups. I have a lot of respect for fine guns, well bred/trained dogs, and the sport of upland hunting. I just don't prescribe to some of the stereo-types surrounding the sport. I run "meat dogs", meaning they are strictly hunting dogs. I don't compete them in field trials, I don't belong to any dog clubs. I don't need trophys or ribbons to know what my dogs can do and am very proud of them. The only people that my dogs need to prove themselves to are me and our clients. What LRO runs are well trained and fantastic hunting companions. LROs dogs are all rescues, adopted, trained, and live in my home.