UA Autumn 2017 Issue

By on July 7, 2017

upland-almanac-autumn-2017-cover-webAn excerpt from John C. Gosselin’s Publisher Note…I’m not sure about you, but this year I am more anxious about getting into the coverts and chasing some birds than I’ve been in years before. And I am a little jittery. I’m not jittery from fear but just from not knowing how things are going to be.

Do you and I share the same feelings about what the new seasons will bring – as far as our dogs’ and our own abilities go? I get like this every year. Right about this time, I have to fight the notion that no matter how many trips I take to the clays course for preseason warmups, I’m probably going to see a drop in my shooting ability unparalleled in the history of modern man. Likewise, I worry that the dogs might have lost their ability to find and point birds again – even though they were fine last year.

I’m also concerned about this taking away public lands movement. It wasn’t enough to mention it and tell people to be vigilant about it. And it wasn’t enough for a bill to be withdrawn about it in late January. More bills keep on coming. No one is telling politicians, “Stop it! Public lands must remain in public hands.” No one with the power to do anything, anyway. I wonder what I will encounter when I step on public lands this fall? Protesters? But they’d be protesting my side of the story, so that would be OK. I guess the worse thing would be to see freshly erected “Keep Out!” signs. I hope that won’t happen.

But only time will tell.

I guess some anti-lead ammunition orders for federal land got repealed last winter, so that’s one less thing to worry about – but for how long? And then there’s the usual worries we all have: Will the birds be plentiful and cooperative this year?

Let’s hope so.

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