UA Spring 2018 Issue

By on January 4, 2018

An excerpt from John C. Gosselin’s Publisher Note…If you’re like me, you will be watching television and see something that’s going on in the world. You’ll pay attention for a while and then your own life gets in the way, and you don’t pay attention to that incident anymore. Sometimes, the media makes such a big deal out of it that the only way to not hear about it is to shut off the TV and all Internet devices, cancel your newspaper subscriptions and stop interacting with anyone. Take natural disasters, for instance. How much were we inundated by the media with all the stories every day for nearly a week about each of
those hurricanes last summer? Yet I bet most of you took a look at the pictures, thought, “Oh, that’s terrible,” and went on about your business, just like me. It’s easy to ignore such natural disasters when they don’t have anything to do with our day-to-day lives. But I started thinking about many major weather events throughout the country and what kind of an impact they must have on upland game birds. Those kinds of scenarios prompted us to ask Jodi Stemler to report on what extreme weather events do to upland bird populations, whether it be massive flooding from torrential rains or a 10-acre wildfire near a stream.

Also in this issue, please find our annual “Over-Under” essays. This year’s “Over” title is “Favorites,” and I’m sure you’ll delight in the variety of topics the writers offer up for your reading pleasure. You’ll also see a couple of spots where we take a nod to the bird hunter’s need to stay in touch with the outdoors during the off-season.

And as always there’s more! We hope you enjoy the final days of your hunting seasons. And we hope you enjoy this issue!

Read more in the Spring 2018 Issue of Upland Almanac. <Buy the Upland Almanac Spring 2018 Issue> or <Subscribe to Upland Almanac>

The Spring 2018 Cover features “Pensive Partridge” by Leah Brigham. For more information, visit