|Newman Adventures hunting hits target|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
With a decrease in the natural pheasant population due to weather conditions in northeast Colorado, one local company has found a way to keep the tradition of pheasant hunting alive.
Within the last year, Matt Newman has kicked off Newman Adventures—guided hunts, a hunting lodge and facilities to raise birds for the hunting preserve.
“You’re pretty much guaranteed birds if you come out here,” said Newman, noting he’s had hunters from Alaska to Texas and everywhere in between.
For about a year, Matt Newman and Newman Adventures have been raising thousands of pheasants, quail and chukar for use on their hunting preserve south of Paoli. The birds, pictured in their pen with blinders on, are also sold to repopulate other areas and preserves.
Newman Adventures includes all-natural hunts on 6,000 acres as well as a hunting preserve on 3,000 acres southwest of Holyoke, about 11 miles south of Paoli.
While using the preserve, Newman said hunting can take place year-round, hunters don’t need a license and they can shoot both roosters and hens. He must keep very accurate records, though, to be sure to replace any birds that are harvested.
Matt Newman is the creator of Newman Adventures, a unique guided
He began raising birds—pheasant, quail and chukar—about a year ago. In addition to using the birds on the preserve, Newman also sells them to others who want to repopulate an area or use them on hunting preserves. He sold around 13,000 birds last year, shipping them as far as 700 miles away.
Newman said he has great staff who really care for the birds and are passionate about the business. They also care for the land and are always working to establish good habitats for the birds.
The inviting lodge, decorated for the holidays, is a great way to relax after a day of hunting at Newman Adventures.
Beginning in September 2012, hunters started taking guided hunts with guide Lance Murray and Newman’s five trained hunting dogs.
Newman has been fixing up a building on his farm to use as a hunting lodge, and one thing led to another until he now has room enough to sleep 10, a bar and lounge area, TV, fireplace and more in the uniquely decorated lodge that completes the hunting experience.
With room to sleep 10, the lodge at Newman Adventures started small but has continued to expand into an inviting space for hunters and their families. —Enterprise photo
All-inclusive packages with competitive prices include meals, lodging and hunts, and the staff will even clean and vacuum seal the birds to be taken home. Newman said they can cater to hunters’ needs, designing custom packages for whatever meets their schedules and needs, including handicap accessibility.
Newman Adventures has also partnered with Ballyneal to include a package with a half day of hunting and a half day on the golf course.
“I think it’s a good injection into the community and a good economic boost,” said Newman. “We’re bringing in people that wouldn’t come to the area otherwise.”
He said he’s always been interested in hunting, and he’s really excited about the opportunity to provide youth hunts and watch kids learn to hunt. Newman Adventures is very family-oriented and a great experience for people of all ages to enjoy.
Thousands of quail are hatched at Newman Adventures, which has great staff to care for the birds from eggs to maturity. —Enterprise photo
Right now Newman’s goal is to provide guided hunts from September to April, but that could expand to year-round guided hunts on the preserve.
To learn more about this exciting venture or to make a reservation, contact Newman at 970-520-3916.
Holyoke Enterprise December 10, 2013