History of the Club

The young Corbett boys, Bob Jr. And Tim.

The young Corbett boys, Bob Jr. And Tim.

Cibola Sportsman’s Club is owned and operated by the Corbett family who have hunting and fishing in their blood. Originally from Orange County, Robert “Bob” Corbett, Sr., spent many years hunting and fishing at the Salton Sea. A successful business man, The Sea was place where Bob could get away from it all and spend time with his favorite hunting buddies.

Bob Jr. And Kelly Corbett (bottom left) on their first hunt in Cibola.

Bob Jr. And Kelly Corbett (bottom left) on their first hunt in Cibola.

Unfortunately, Bob suffered a series of health problems in the mid 1980’s, having seven surgeries in less than two years. In 1986, his doctors gave him a year to live. He decided to take his three sons on one last hunt, this time to a place called Cibola. He fell in love with the area and soon decided to make it their second home. Fortunately, the doctors were wrong and Bob enjoyed another 20 years living and hunting in Cibola.

Robert L. Corbett, Sr. 1942-2007

Robert L. Corbett, Sr.
1942-2007

In 1988, with partner George Lennon, a long-time fishing guide from the Salton Sea, Bob established the Cibola Sportsman’s Club. He and his wife Sharon purchased acreage in Cibola directly adjacent to the Cibola National Refuge. With this prime location, the Club quickly gained a reputation for the finest hunting in the area.

Some years later, The Corbett’s purchased a large spread of land from the Bishop family, early settlers of the Cibola valley who first came to the area in the 1800’s. The land was dense with salt cedar trees and brush. The family worked together to clear the rugged land, build cabins, and turn it into a Sportsman’s paradise, now known as the South Ranch.

The South Ranch, gold at the end of the rainbow.

The South Ranch, gold at the end of the rainbow.

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