MLB Pitcher Organizes Hunting Packages with Pro Athletes

In Oklahoma, duck hunters can go hunting with professional athletes for $650 per day.

MLB Pitcher Organizes Hunting Packages with Pro Athletes

Photo: Big Tex Media

According to a report published in Tulsa World, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher and Oklahoma native Archie Bradley is offering hunting packages to duck hunt with MLB players and other professional athletes.

The intent is multifaceted and includes Bradley’s desire to put Oklahoma on the map as a waterfowl hunting destination. The hunts will be offered as a joint venture between a former teammate Mak Monckton and Spring Valley Rod & Gun Club founder Adam Maris.

 “The goal is to get some of my teammates in and put together packages around being able to hunt with these guys,” Bradley said in an interview with Tulsa World. “Eventually to make it a place where we’re consistently welcoming in major league players and pro athletes in general.”

Bradley’s ranch and wetlands in Oklahoma’s Pawnee County is named Crash Landing after the pitcher’s Labrador retriever Crash. The ranch will partner with  a 12,000-square-foot lodge and gun club owned by Maris. Cost for the hunting trips will be $650 per person per day.

MLB pitcher Archie Bradley duck hunting at his Oklahoma ranch Crash Landing. Photo: Big Tex Media
MLB pitcher Archie Bradley duck hunting at his Oklahoma ranch Crash Landing. Photo: Big Tex Media

“Archie is spearheading this and bringing in teammates and other pro players and the idea is to book three-day blocks,” Maris said, according to Tulsa World. “We’re going to try to do that seven to 10 times this year, so 21 to 30 days of the season. As this evolves further (Crash Landing) could become that exclusively.”

Bradley, who didn’t get serious about duck hunting until he was an adult. But now he said he spends somewhere between 30 to 50 days of his off-season hunting.

“When people get out here and see this lodge and experience this thing, they’ll know this is not just a couple-years deal,” he said. “We’re looking to invest in these communities and these farmers we’re working with and we’re looking to be here for the long haul. I see this as something I can retire on and have this unbelievable outdoor service we can offer to people across the country and not just Oklahoma.” 

While it may be a stretch to call the crossover between hunting interests and professional athletes commonplace, it’s certainly not uncommon. In the NFL, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz is an avid bowhunter and waterfowl hunter, and is know for his public embrace of hunting. Last summer, Wentz landed a hunting show on the Outdoor Channel

While it may be a stretch to call the crossover between hunting interests and professional athletes commonplace, it’s certainly not uncommon. In the NFL, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz is an avid bowhunter and waterfowl hunter. Photo: Carson Wentz
While it may be a stretch to call the crossover between hunting interests and professional athletes commonplace, it’s certainly not uncommon. In the NFL, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz is an avid bowhunter and waterfowl hunter. Photo: Carson Wentz

In an exclusive interview with Bowhunting World, Wentz said bowhunting in the fall is a perfect because it’s a break from the grind. “If you don’t have something that breaks it up before going to the next week, it can become mentally exhausting. So, every off day that we have, which is usually Monday, I’m in a treestand or a ground blind. I need a few hours in the morning away from football, away from everything. Obviously, there is a lot of demand playing in the NFL, but also being a quarterback for a team like this in this city. There is just a lot of pressure, a lot of bright lights, a lot going on. Just getting out in the woods, being around animals and having my brother in the same tree right above me filming is literally the perfect escape for me.”

Most recently, the winner of MLB’s Home Run Derby Pete Alonso, a rookie from Tampa Florida who plays for the New York Mets, expressed his desire to go hunting with Steven Rinella during a Sports Center interview following the derby. 

Photo: Steven Rinella (Instagram)
Photo: Steven Rinella (Instagram)

When asked how’d he define this 2019 season — his first in the majors, winner of the Home Run Derby and even meeting Jerry Seinfeld, a Mets fan — Alonso responded, “the only thing that would make it better is if I could go hunting with Steve Rinella.”

 Perhaps the newly crowed home-run champ will get his wish. Rinella posted the interview to his Instagram account with this caption: “Hell yes, @pistol_pete20, let’s make a plan! #fueledbynature.” 

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