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    Greetings

    column by: John C. Gosselin

    We are in the midst of another set of glorious upland bird seasons in all the different states. Some of us are wrapping up woodcock hunting while others are getting ready for their seasons to begin. Throughout the sweet spots in their range, grouse and pheasant seasons are in full swing. And in the South and Southwest, the best is yet to come for quail. ...Read More >

     

    Dreams ... Delivered

    column by: Staff

    Eldorado’s Jak O’ Hearts ...Read More >

     

    Flushes & Noteworthy Points

    column by: Staff

    We found we can get the same result and then some by using a widely available “handcuff”-type cable clamp instead of the strap. The difference between the two is that it only takes one hand to employ the clamp. The clamp can also be used in the same manner on the SureCan fuel cans. ...Read More >

     

    Fire Away!

    Pointer Acrius
    column by: Staff

    This is another decent, functional gun imported by Legacy Sports International of Reno, Nevada. It’s manufactured by KRC AV Ltd. in Konya, Turkey. As always, the finish and features are fine, but they aren’t the “fine art” of Italian shotguns costing 10 times more. ...Read More >

     

    For the Birds

    Ruffed Grouse Society & American Woodcock Society
    column by: Staff

    The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society (RGS & AWS) are proud to announce the hiring of Glen Blackwood as the newly appointed director of regional development in Michigan. In his role, Blackwood will direct business development and fundraising programs in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana along with promoting recruitment events, educational activities and habitat days. ...Read More >

     

    Bird Dogs - Health Matters

    Dog-Eared
    column by: Dr. Hank Clemmons

    Tree branches and briars had etched grooves into my unprotected short-sleeved arms. Sweat streamed down my back forming annoying puddles in places I’d have preferred stayed dry. Pesky gnats crawled behind my shooting glasses, hell-bent on skinny-dipping in my eyes. Tom howled and cussed while he tore off his vest and shirt: An ill-tempered yellow jacket had crawled down his back and was viciously stinging him. ...Read More >

     

    The Check Cord

    Try Training Your Dog Through "Compartmentalizing"
    column by: Alec Sparks

    I’ll be the first to admit I have always been an intuitive trainer. When I first got my start, I knew nothing of the science of dog training but was fortunate enough to be mentored by some excellent professional trainers over a number of years. I honestly had never even heard of the “Four Quadrants of Dog Training” until about eight years ago. Every time I have worked with a new-to-me discipline – first as a retriever-only trainer, then pointing dogs and now a personal (not professional) interest in protection/working K9 dogs – I’ve always learned quite a bit. What I’ve discovered over the past several years as I’ve been around more and more people who understand the actual science of how dogs learn, many of the methods I have used for much of my professional career have a sound basis in canine learning science. ...Read More >

     

    Classic Upland Guns

    The Fowling Piece: Isaac Hollis & Sons London, Muzzle-Loading Sporting Percussion Shotgun
    column by: Ernie Foster

    Every year when the leaves begin to put on their party dresses and the morning dew starts to frost, upland hunters and waterfowlers can be found rummaging through their gun closets looking for their favorite smoothbore gun. For the unsentimental among them, it’s just a tool for the job. But for others, it’s a barreled treasure, perhaps inherited from an earlier sportsman in the family, a shotgun that embodies shared memories of cherished hunting companions and beloved sporting dogs, enjoying beautiful landscapes amidst the ever-changing colors of fall. ...Read More >

     

    In the Swing

    Senior Eyes Get New Life
    column by: Bryan E. Bilinski

    What a dichotomy. In my previous column for UA, I discussed shopping for a 12-year-old’s first shotgun. Now I am lamenting over the fact that our eyesight, so crucial to shooting well, may negatively change as we age. As the years roll by, many of us have already experienced that our ability to focus on moving targets is not as sharp or distinct as we once experienced. Been there, done that. If you consider yourself a “senior” in our wing shooting society, listen up. ...Read More >

     

    Upland Chef

    Choucroute Garni
    column by: Culinary Creations from Gordon Hamersley

    In the winter of 1989, Fiona and I set off for our annual trip to France. I wanted to put the famous Alsatian dish, choucroute garni on our menu in Boston but had never actually eaten it. That called for a road trip! ...Read More >

     

    Pages Past

    Shirt Box Christmas
    column by: Glen Blackwood

    On my birthday in 1976, I received only a card saying “Johnson Lake, Minnesota Happy Birthday” written in my father’s hand. I became obsessed with this trip, my first true sporting expedition. Grades and chores suffered. My mother threatened life, limbs and the trip if both didn’t improve. I never stopped reading tackle catalogs and articles relating to northern pike and smallmouth bass, managing just enough improvement to mollify her. ...Read More >

     

    Section 799.2

    Turnips
    column by: Charlie Maggard

    It was a cold December morning in 1953 in the “Knobs” of central Kentucky. My father, Uncle Roy (not really my uncle but an elderly family friend) and I were on a bobwhite quail hunting trip. Although I had been on many hunting trips with my dad, it was always exciting for a 14-year-old, being trusted enough to take quail hunting. ...Read More >

     

    Tailgate Review

    Filson and Helinox
    column by: Staff

    Filson and Helinox, two brands known for creating essential, high-quality gear for the outdoors, have embarked upon a collaboration to build outdoor furniture that is as durable as it is functional and attractive. ...Read More >

     

    Day's End

    Hope Makes the Hunter
    column by: Josh Greenberg

    The point that may lead to Holden’s first bird is at the base of an old berm that separates a poplar stand from a tamarack swamp. The berm is overgrown and rises about a meter above the rest of the earth. At my direction, the boy stands atop the berm. The 20-gauge seems too large, but the boy has proven he can handle it, more through determination than by muscle. The dog, Fin, points back toward the boy, the fur on the nub of her tail flared. I’m behind Fin, looking down the line of her point, and right into the black eye of a woodcock that is pasted to the leaves. The collar beeps. The bell is silent. ...Read More >

     

    Tailfeathers

    In Betweens
    column by: Tom Carney

    It’s a long time between flushes. Too many steps between the rushing wings of an escaping grouse or woodcock. Perhaps I’m getting too old, taking shorter steps, covering less ground in the same amount of time I used to. That could increase the intervals between wing beats. ...Read More >

     

    Minnesota Covers

    feature by: Joseph Sands, text and photos

    It is difficult to improve on October – the last good weather before winter coupled with the onset of the first morning frosts. Besides, it’s the peak of grouse and woodcock season. There are few better things. ...Read More >

     

    A Season of Sharptails

    feature by: Jack Ballard

    The birds erupted from knee-high grass, a scant 40 feet from the dark, twitching nose of a black-and-white English setter, his flanks, ribs and legs invisible to the eyes of the hunter. I swung on the nearest bird, the barred primary feathers of its wings beating frantically for lift into full flight. Too hasty, my first shot flew wide. Now thoroughly panicked at the prospect of failing to reward Percy’s diligent dog work with a grouse, I cycled a second and third cartridge fruitlessly through the action of the Weatherby semiautomatic. ...Read More >

     

    Old-Timey Pheasant Facts

    feature by: Mike Lannoo, text and photo

    In one of his “Pages Past” columns, The Upland Almanac contributor Glen Blackwood suggested that we hunters spend some off-season time with biological books and bulletins to better know our favorite upland game birds. So I did. ...Read More >

     

    Artist Profile: Bill Harrison

    feature by: Jeff Nedwick

    Every picture tells a story. Just as a writer reconstructs life through narrative, an artist tells his stories by interpreting life through lines, brushstrokes and textures. ...Read More >

     

    Redefining Limits

    feature by: Jon Osborn

    The joys of winter hunting know no limits. Drifting leaves and slanting sunlight may be the abiding images of autumn, but winter’s austerity is an acquired taste, like rare woodcock or straight whiskey. By November, the vibrancy of fall has been stripped bare, and the clearcuts leave little to the imagination. ...Read More >

     

    Sleeping with the Princess

    feature by: Alan Liere

    In 1968, it was still universally accepted that a hunting dog would become “soft” if you let it sleep in the house at night. I had just purchased my first dog, a male Brittany, so I built a kennel outside, provided a nice doghouse and diligently put him up each night, even when it was snowing and blowing and the trek to his kennel door and back made me miserable. ...Read More >

     

    Bookstore

    whatsnew by: Staff

    Among the Aspens: Stolen Moments in Secret Covertsby Thomas CarneyAmong the Aspens is the latest collection of essays on the outdoors from acclaimed nature and outdoor writer Thomas Carney. Culled from fifteen years’-worth of his award-winning “Ta... ...Read More >

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