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    Greetings

    column by: John C. Gosselin

    If you are like me, then you are anticipating the bird seasons like a child pacing his bedroom floor on Christmas Eve. Depending on the location of where you live and when your favorite upland bird hunting season gets underway, you’ll be unwrapping your presents any day now. ...Read More >

     

    Mailbox

    column by: The Upland Almanac Staff

    You are our number one priority here at The Upland Almanac, and we want to know what you think. Drop us a line at the address listed here and tell us what you would like to see more of - or less of - in your favorite upland hunting magazine. We’re ready to listen. The Upland Almanac, 2180 Gulfstream, Suite A, Prescott AZ 86301, or info@uplandalmanac.com. ...Read More >

     

    Dreams . . . Delivered

    column by: The Upland Almanac Staff

    Showcase your favorite hunting pal on a national stage! For details, email: dreams@uplandalmanac.com ...Read More >

     

    Flushes & Noteworthy Points

    Upland Almanac Hits the Airways!
    column by: The Upland Almanac Staff

    Get the inside scoop on how things work at The Upland Almanac from Scott Linden’s “Upland Nation” podcast. Earlier this year, UA’s publisher John Gosselin and editor Tom Carney stopped in to chat with Scott about all things of interest to Upland Almanac readers, from cover artists and the best writers to Tom’s feelings about bird dogs, which John assessed as “very diplomatic.” ...Read More >

     

    Fire Away!

    Fabarm Autumn
    column by: The Upland Almanac Staff

    The Autumn is the first shotgun Fabarm has developed specifically for American hunters, so it’s likely got everything you’re looking for. ...Read More >

     

    For the Birds

    National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative Teams of Sweat Equity
    column by: John J. Morgan, NBCI Director

    Today, nearly every successful shot was precluded by sweat equity invested in traversing the miles necessary to find birds or the labors of creating habitat. The days of walking up our explosive quarry after school with a trusty single shot are long gone. Our challenge now requires scouting, a brace of dogs, high-quality footwear and, you guessed it, sweat equity. ...Read More >

     

    Bird Dogs - Health Matters

    Why Risk It?
    column by: Dr. Hank Clemmons

    Several readers have contacted me with the news that their hunting dogs, both young and old, have developed heart disease and that they have been told by their veterinarians, including cardiac specialists, that the disease is probably a result of feeding grain-free dog food. ...Read More >

     

    The Check Cord

    Rookie Mistakes
    column by: Alec Sparks

    Given the surge in puppy purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic, I would expect that some people will be heading into the field this fall with young dogs, many for the first time, both owner and dog. Getting both off on the right foot can be critical in establishing a foundation for the future. ...Read More >

     

    Classic Upland Guns

    Mario Beschi .410 Bore
    column by: Ernie Foster

    We pulled into the makeshift parking lot followed by a new invitee. This convert always offers woodcock finds with demanding shot opportunities and an occasional grouse shot when fired in the direction of the flush. ...Read More >

     

    In the Swing

    Leads = Gaps of Daylight
    column by: Bryan E. Bilinski

    One of the greatest mysteries in the world of wing shooting centers around the topic of “lead.” How much lead or daylight in front of the target is needed to cleanly kill a game bird or crush a clay target? In addition, when is too little lead not enough, and the shot string exiting your shotgun flies harmlessly behind? ...Read More >

     

    Upland Chef

    Woods Lunch
    column by: Culinary Creations from Gordon Hemersley

    A few seasons ago in Vermont, I pulled off a familiar dirt road and headed up a two-track that I knew led to a small clearing. I planned to wolf down lunch and hunt a little-known cover. What I found in my secluded spot was a party going on. No, there wasn’t music and dancing, but they had everything else needed for a fine celebration. A table topped with red plastic was set with chairs with armrests, flatware, glasses, cloth napkins ... the works. What was this all about? Turns out it was three chef/instructors from the nearby culinary school making the best of a day off in the grouse woods. ...Read More >

     

    Pages Past

    Canine Companions
    column by: Glen Blackwood

    As the new season approaches, and the days of summer’s heat and humidity give way to cooler mornings and nights, I find myself reading more each day than I have the past few weeks. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy reading in the summer but seem to catch up on magazines more than books. Living in the upper Midwest as I do, the cold, gray climate from November until March can be daunting, and books are my daily warmth and light. ...Read More >

     

    Section 799.2

    Red Letter Days: With Woodcock
    column by: Col. Harold P. Sheldon

    At the point where the Belden Brook leaves the hills above the Old Beaver Meadow its character undergoes a change. Its youthful turbulence subsides when it reaches the valley. It assumes the reflective demeanor of maturity as its amber flood slips quietly along the old channels twisting about through the wide thickets of birch, pine and black alder. After miles of apparently purposeless wandering it joins a larger tributary and eventually reaches the sea. ...Read More >

     

    Destinations

    Grant's Kennebago Camps: Historical Upland Gunning Locale in Western Maine
    column by: King Montgomery, text and photos

    October in the Rangeley Lakes Region of the Western Maine Mountains is a magical and probably the most beautiful time of the year. Not only do the stunning colors grace the eye, but also excellent upland bird hunting opportunities await in the wild and crazy pallet of fall color in the forests, swamps and barrens of this part of Maine, just east of New Hampshire and a touch south of Canada’s Quebec province. ...Read More >

     

    Day's End

    When a Pair Is Enough
    column by: Dave Books, text and photos

    What’s the best time of day to hunt upland birds? Some would say, “Whenever you can get away,” and that may be true. But out on the prairie in September, I’ll cast my vote for the last hour of the day, when soft light settles over the land, the wind dies to a gentle breeze, and cooler air makes scenting conditions ideal for my Brittany Tess. ...Read More >

     

    Tailfeathers

    Choices
    column by: Tom Carney

    For about five mi les, running from Indianapolis Boulevard in East Chicago, Indiana, to 95th Street in Chicago, Illinois, the main non-turnpike route comprises three U.S. highways: 12, 20 and 41. ...Read More >

     

    The Scout: 2021

    feature by: Tim Flanigan

    It’s time for our annual preseason look at the habitat conditions, state management programs, weather phenomena and bird populations across the Lower 48 states that will probably play a major role in the situations you face when you step into your favorite upland bird hunting spot this autumn. And please remember: Instead of only asking state-level game bird biologists to gaze into crystal balls during early spring and make astounding predictions for autumn’s bird numbers, our crack team of reporters set out to scout the situations one can expect to encounter in each state. So here, over the next few pages, you’ll see their “scout,” their reports on what they’ve learned about bird hunting possibilities as we approach our favorite opening days. ...Read More >

     

    Snipe at 10,000 Feet

    feature by: Michael Salomone, text and photos

    Beneath the early morning shadow cast by the Continental Divide, our breaths held tight in front of our faces like thick cigar smoke. My buddy and I zipped our heavy jackets up tightly and quickly scarfed down the final bites of our gas station breakfast biscuits. September is the prime time for starting out the day wearing multiple layers and shedding some as the morning warms up. ...Read More >

     

    Yoga for Geezers

    feature by: Alan Liere

    I read a newspaper article the other day about some fellows here in town who had talked a yoga instructor into offering a class for senior citizens. While they’d heard yoga was a healthy means of staying limber and retaining muscle mass, by the time they decided to try it, they said they were barely able put on their own socks and underwear without risking debilitating injury. They needed a class geared to geezers. ...Read More >

     

    In Praise of Wild Tables II: In the Kitchen

    feature by: Bob DeMott

    While my annual game dinner’s menus and the cast of participants have changed over the decades, the pleasure of the immersive process has remained undiminished and is still a major impetus to go afield each fall. In its earliest iterations, the game dinner was a joint-stock, potluck effort, a communal “beast feast,” as one quipster termed it. Come early, stay late was the order of the evening, which often lasted into the wee hours of the following day. The dinner was usually held on a Saturday evening in late February or early March when our group and our indispensable wives and partners were most likely to be available and also because that time coincided with the close of Ohio’s five-month-long grouse season and the winter birthdays of two of my closest friends. Twelve to fourteen sit-down attendees was the norm, though one year, in 1993, nineteen people shoehorned into our dining room, fortunately longer than it was wide; in 1994 and 1998, it was a mere seventeen. ...Read More >

     

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    whatsnew by: The Upland Almanac Staff

    New Releases, Reprints, Birds, Dogs, Guns and DVDs ...Read More >

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