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    column by: John C. Gosselin

    Here we are, not far from the end of 2021 when it will just become a memory. For some of us, our favorite bird hunting seasons are coming to a close. For others, we are in the middle of them. And for others still, the seasons have just begun or will soon begin. No matter where you are with regards to the timing of your opportunity to pursue your favorite birds, we here at The Upland Almanac hope your season leaves you with happy and pleasant memories. ...Read More >



    column by: The Upland Almanac Staff

    As a dog trainer who has learned my fair share through mistakes, I hope you reprint Alec Sparks’ Autumn 2021 article (“Rookie Mistakes”) every year. ...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

    column by: The Upland Almanac Staff

    Longtime friend of The Upland Almanac Bob Foege, owner of the Robert Louis Company, has checked in to let us know he has found a solution to a problem he had with his three 12-gauge Fox Sterlingworth shotguns, all made in the 1920s. ...Read More >


    For the Birds

    column by: The Upland Almanac Staff

    In the early 20th century, wildlife populations were in deep trouble. The Industrial Revolution and subsequent burgeoning growth of America’s population fueled demand for wildlife products. They were procured through market hunting, which yielded food, fur and feather for our ancestors. The commercialization of the wildlife resource pushed many common species of today to the brink of extinction. Deer, elk, wild turkeys, many waterfowl and antelope, to mention a few, teetered perilously close to being remembered through photos and as remnants in a natural history museum. Early conservationists like Giffort Pinchot, Teddy Roosevelt and eventually Aldo Leopold began what remains one of the world’s most dramatic conservation success stories. ...Read More >


    Bird Dogs - Health Matters

    Incident at Porcupine Hill
    column by: Dr. Hank Clemmons

    Work and life have interfered with my hunting schedule many times over the years. The balance of owning a growing veterinary practice, raising a family and trying to stay married had led to a sad state of affairs in 2004: it was Oct. 22 in Wisconsin where the ruffed grouse season had been open for a month, and I had yet to unsheathe my shotgun. But I had a plan: I would work until noon on Saturday, jump in the truck with Bell, my 2-year-old Drathaar, drive three hours north, hunt for an hour or so, stay in my favorite “mom and pop” motel, hunt all day Sunday and be back home in time to help put the kids to bed. Simple. What could go wrong? ...Read More >


    The Check Cord

    Positivity Wins Out!
    column by: Alec Sparks

    I believe if I turn the key in my truck clockwise, my truck will start. I believe if I kick a yellow jacket nest, I will get stung. I have countless other beliefs. Dogs have a belief system, too, and at its most basic, it comes down to this: “If I don’t do this, something will be bad for me. If I do this, something will be good for me.” ...Read More >


    Classic Upland Guns

    Marlin Model 43 SLide Action
    column by: Ernie Foster

    The invitation by Ashley Parker to her home was special since her deceased great-grandfather, Thomas Parker, was a well-known, highly respected New England outdoor sportsman: It’s always special to hear, firsthand, stories of the outdoor sporting life of the mid-twenties. The quaint sitting room displayed a respectable 10-point Boone and Crockett 160 class whitetail mount, a pheasant, a grouse and a few waterfowl mounts, some sporting art and a bookcase of hunting, fishing and gun literature. There were many pictures of great-grandpa that reflected his interest in the outdoors with rod and gun, including his skills with a shotgun on the skeet and trap fields. She talked about him with pride as she remembered growing up in a household where her great-grandmother was always in first place until the fall hunting season when she conceded those months to great-grandpa with loving support for his call of the wild with gun in hand. Ashley explained, “It was never an issue; he went hunting, brought home his harvest, and she cooked it.” ...Read More >


    In the Swing

    Targets in Transition: It Was Just a Matter of Time . . .
    column by: Bryan E. Bilinski

    If you enjoy bird hunting, you have also most likely enjoyed shooting sporting clays, a great practice medium for your days afield. To shoot consistently well on game birds, you must practice on clay targets. However, you may have realized that the target presentations have become more difficult and complex than the targets you shot on your home clays course years ago. You are not alone in this observation. Many of the targets presented today are definitely and deliberately being “set” like nothing you have ever seen or encountered afield and, of course, on the sporting clays ranges of old. These new, unique and very challenging presentations are deliberately set as “targets in transition.” ...Read More >


    Upland Chef

    A Cooking Style of Your Own
    column by: Culinary Creations from Gordon Hemersley

    As a young cook, I hoped to get close enough to the stove to learn something but stay out of the way enough not to get burned. The early years as a pro cook can be excruciatingly stressful. Here you are, clearly out of your depth, not expected to do much at first but trying as hard as you can to make enough of an impression to be allowed back the next day. The kitchen is hot, crowded, brutally noisy and beyond your comprehension. ...Read More >


    Pages Past

    Memorable Passages
    column by: Glen Blackwood

    “Christmas,” the Old Man once said, “is a damned dull day, and generally raining. But preparing for it is more fun than a barrel full of monkeys.” ...Read More >


    Section 799.2

    Red Letter Days: With Pheasants
    column by: Ben East

    When you’ve hunted pheasants close to twenty years and loved every hour you’ve been afield, it’s not easy to pick the best day of them all. ...Read More >



    Dakota Prairie Lodge: Bustin' Tail and Takin' Game
    column by: Scott Cummings

    A small green school bus ambles off Old Highway 16 and jounces down a long farm lane. Inside sit men from all destinations and walks of life, sharing one common goal. Lethargic dialogue over the generous breakfast portions distracts from the jarring transport, and it’s too early for all-out banter. Still, an elder Virginian takes a poke at his long-time buddy. ...Read More >


    Day's End

    Maggie's Pa'tridge
    column by: Anthony J. Conte

    “Hey you! You’re on private property – my property.” ...Read More >



    column by: Tom Carney

    Scene 1 is always the same: I’m standing atop a pile of detritus from an aspen cutting in an enormous clearing of similar such piles. Paddy my English setter is on point. Two woodcock flush. One shot . . . pivot. Second shot. Two woodcock down. And I immediately think of John Northrup. ...Read More >


    Stories in Miniature

    feature by: Robert Sohrweide

    Summer of 1938. New York City. A stylish young lady walks into the fabled Abercrombie & Fitch. A clerk asks if he can assist her. ...Read More >


    Road Notes

    Columbia Basin Mélange
    feature by: Glenn Zinkus

    We leave the cultivated green grasslands of the Willamette Valley, skirting the growing Portland metropolis to enter the western reach of the Columbia River Gorge. Winding eastward through the Gorge, the verdant, steep timbered slopes give way to gentler rolling hills and tawny tones . . . bird country. I am on my way to the upper Columbia Basin. This time, it is my wife – so often my hunting road trip companion – our brace of Brittanys and me. ...Read More >



    feature by: Alan Liere

    A friend and I were talking recently about the way we measured success and happiness, and as usual, the conversation eventually turned to dogs and bird hunting. We acknowledged that bird hunting with dogs is a very big part of our lives, as neither of us could possibly define happiness without at least alluding to the pursuit of feathered game with a Lucy or a Sis or a Jack or a Bo. ...Read More >


    Annals of Trailing Dogs

    feature by: Bob DeMott

    We upland bird hunters, passionate advocates of pursuing feathered game with pointing and flushing breeds, often forget our roots. Sixty-five years of owning Brittanys, springer spaniels, golden retrievers, English pointers – and especially English setters, my longtime breed of choice – sometimes threatens to displace the importance foxhounds and beagles had in my field education. The truth is, however, that I learned as much about the general care, handling and value of hunting dogs through my youthful exposure to trailing hounds as I did to owning my first pointing dog. And therein hangs a tale. ...Read More >


    Tailgate Review

    whatsnew by: The Upland Almanac Staff

    Irish Setter Pinnacle boots are like vacuum bottles for your feet: They’ll keep cool feet cool and warm feet warm. This is because the TempSens technology used in their construction helps regulate the temperature within the boot. ...Read More >



    whatsnew by: The Upland Almanac Staff

    New Releases • Reprints • Birds • Dogs • Guns • DVDs ...Read More >

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