Rod & Gun Resources started out 25 years ago as a tiny component (mostly a fantasy) of a traditional big-city travel agency in San Antonio, TX. Our expertise back then was primarily in Alaska fishing and Mexico whitewing dove hunting. Partner J.W. Smith had been a federal game warden and fishing lodge operator in Alaska, and partner David Gregory had grown up bird hunting in both old Mexico and New Mexico and spoke Spanish well.

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Two subsequent decades of expansion, research, travel and sorting out habitats, outfitters and lodges brought Rod & Gun to a place where we were offering and arranging trips to as many as 40 different destinations, including African safaris—through a thankfully brief partnership with a Zimbabwean professional hunter.

We have slowly learned over those decades that bigger is not better, and it is more professional and more satisfying to handle 20 destinations very well than to try to keep legitimate, current expertise on a huge list of trips — if it truly can be done at all... So now we routinely turn down offers to represent various programs on both sides of the Atlantic and the equator, as we try to concentrate on what’s new and what’s best in the areas where we have found the most abundant and consistent sporting opportunities. And when a wonderful new trip comes along in those areas — such as the El Encuentro Patagonia quail and trophy trout fly fishing program — we proudly add it to our stable of preferred destinations.

Why Book With Us?

  • Arranging bird hunts and fishing trips is our only business, so we don’t like to make mistakes. We go to enormous trouble to be sure we intimately know the habitats in the areas we represent, and within those premier habitats we spend equal time getting to know the best outfitter and lodge accommodations. We have visited many of our destinations 20-30-40 times.
  • We play a prominent role in the oversight and management of our programs and we serve as the United States reservations headquarters for many of our destinations and can give you immediate availability on dates. No waiting for days to hear back from outfitters in remote or far and distant locations.
  • Arranging a trip through Rod & Gun Resources costs no more than dealing directly with a lodge or outfitter — often less, in fact. We can save you money and costly mistakes by insuring you are in the right place at the proper time for the game you are seeking.
  • No one in the outdoor travel business has more knowledge and hands-on experience with the destinations mentioned herein. When you call, you will speak to a dedicated fellow bird hunter or angler who understands every nuance of the trip—and who speaks from repeated, and most importantly, recent experience.
  • Once a trip with Rod & Gun Resources is confirmed, you will receive very detailed pre-trip information to assist in your preparation. These specifics on travel, clothing, equipment, weather, local customs and many other items are meticulously prepared and updated frequently—sometimes weekly, depending on the trip
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