Chef Dalyn Richardson and his wife/sous chef Paris treat us to a culinary feast three times daily. Chef Dalyn starts every evening feast with an assortment of hot appetizers served in the bar. Once seated in the dining room, guests start with one of a variety of salads served with freshly baked bread. Fine wines are served and then comes the main course of a reverse sear ribeye steak, smoked Kansas City style ribs, a glazed Iowa pork chop, tenderloin kabobs, or other mouth-watering entrees. Desserts are prepared in-house also. Breakfasts are a hearty ranch-style affair highlighted by a getaway day omelet bar. Lunches are a soup and sandwich service with a variety ranging from double-stack beast burgers to street tacos. Dalyn has many skills and guests are never left wanting more.
Dalyn and Paris live in Montrose, CO where Dalyn is an executive chef. They enjoy the mountain life with its hiking and camping venues, but they also enjoy traveling to SD each fall for the pheasant season.
Riley Haag, Billy Volek and Riley Hesterman will be your hunting guides for this season. They realize the importance of their job and perform it very well. Guests can expect the guides to be cheerful and encouraging while in the field. Their first priority is to make sure everyone has a safe hunt and they will respectfully make adjustments during the hunt to ensure that. The guides will work their dogs from side to side ahead of the hunters to flush the pheasants. Expect a loud "Rooster!!" cry from the guides when their dogs flush a long-tailed ringneck and hopefully you will hear them say "Nice Shot!" as the dogs retrieve your kill. They will also identify the hens with a similar shout and hopefully you won’t have to sign their "Hen Killer" vest by mistakenly shooting one. Back at the lodge, the guides like to continue their service by bore-cleaning and wiping down all of the guest's guns before locking them up for the evening.
Steve Munger will serve as your event host and hunting bus driver. With over 50 years of experience in the field, he knows what it takes to have an enjoyable, safe and productive hunt. After dropping the guides, dogs, and "Walkers" off at one end of the field, Steve will take the "Blockers" to the other end and position them in what he thinks are the most likely flight paths. His retriever will be on alert for any retrieves to be made for the blockers. Steve farms the crops at Eagle Pass Lodge so he has first-hand knowledge of where the pheasants like to hang out and what crops they like to feed on during different weather conditions.
Steve and the guides all have their favorite dogs to work. Some of the dogs have years of experience and some may be novices. We go to the field with eight dogs and rotate 5-6 dogs per field. Rest assured that all dogs will be controlled and all will be a valuable asset to your hunt.