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    Summer is usually the slow time for bird hunters. Other than getting ourselves and our dogs in shape and awaiting the annual bird counts from our favorite states for our favorite birds, there’s not much going on for us.

    For this issue, we thought we’d take a look around the country just to see what is going on about bird hunting in different necks of the woods.

    Ashley Stimpson offers you a look at a program in Maryland that is helping to re-establish bobwhite quail there.

    In Texas, Lefty Ray Chapa invites readers along on a bird hunt for paralyzed service members.

    From South Carolina, Britney Booth will let you in on the thoughts of one of the few female shooting instructors in America.

    And in Michigan, though it could be from anywhere, Upland Almanac Editor Tom Carney shares what he’s learned about how labels can — or cannot — help us decide which dog foods to buy.

    There are also some changes made in our departments here at The Upland Almanac.

    First, our “Flushing” dog columnist, Jessie Richards, has decided to move on from writing her column in the “Check Cord” department. Thank you for all your hard work, Jessie. We wish you the best of luck.

    We didn’t have to search long for a replacement. Though many people don’t know it, our longtime pointing dog expert and columnist on that topic, Alec Sparks, actually began as a trainer of flushing dogs. He will be taking over the entire “Check Cord” department, with columns alternating between pointing and flushing breeds.

    Next, we have new department sprouting up this issue, “Landings.” Here’s how Carney explains it: “I told writers that ‘Landings’ will become a semi-regular feature, one that delivers exquisite writing about the land, the environment and parts of the biotic community that play roles in the health of various game birds and with which bird hunters should be familiar. While it should be about important current aspects of habitat preservation, the focus will be on more literary writing and less science and news.”

    I’m looking forward to seeing what the writers come up with. If it’s anything like Chris Madson wrote for this inaugural piece, this department will be a splendid addition to the magazine.

    Finally, nothing gives me more pleasure than to be able to highlight the efforts of our regular contributors whom you welcome into your world each issue. I am pleased and proud to announce that after 20+ years in the fly-fishing retail business, Glen Blackwood, our “Pages Past” columnist, has become the Regional Director of Development for Michigan, Illinois and Indiana for the Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society. Since he is walking away from a lucrative, private business, that is a strong indication of his devotion to conservation in general and specifically to ruffed grouse and woodcock. Good luck, Glen!

    I hope, as always, that you enjoy this latest issue of the magazine.

    - John C. Gosselin, Publisher

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