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    Upland Almanac Spring 2017

    On the Cover: “November Fields” is the name of this fine art by Brett James Smith. For more information on his artwork visit his website at www.brettsmith.com.

    Volume 20, Number 1 | ISSN:

    Article Bites



    column by: John C. Gosselin

    Well, here we are at that time of year when in a little more than a few weeks we will finish all of our bird hunting seasons in the United States for the year. Some upland seasons in the north have already come to a close. ...Read More >


    Flushes & Noteworthy Points

    column by: Compiled by Tom Keer

    Birds, Birds and More Birds Records are meant to be broken, and the prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse lek counts on South Dakota’s 181-square-mile Fort Pierre National Grassland did just that. ...Read More >


    Dreams . . . Delivered

    Good Ol’ Bill
    column by: Ken Templeton

    Just before his first birthday, Bill hunted planted pheasants. He did great work and is a fast learner. ...Read More >


    For the Birds

    Woodcock Limited
    column by: Staff

    Woodcock Limited works with local, state and federal organizations to promote woodcock research, habitat management, harvest management and educational efforts to advance the public’s knowledge of the woodcock and its management needs. While the work we do benefits more than 65 species, we are the only international conservation organization solely dedicated to the welfare of the American woodcock across its range. ...Read More >


    Conservation Viewpoint

    column by: Steve Belinda

    Springtime is a season of renewal and love and is usually the favorite time of the year for people who love grouse. It means that the 12 species of North American grouse will be on “full” display for mating season. This annual event creates opportunities across the country to view some of the most colorful and spectacular occurrences found in nature. Male grouse use visual and audible displays to attract females and continue their bloodline and populations. ...Read More >


    The Check Cord

    With Spring in the Air, Many Thoughts Turn to – Puppies!, Picking a Puppy
    column by: Alec Sparks, Jessie Richards

    Despite doing their homework and having the best intentions, not everyone will end up with the dog they hoped for. I don’t have a dog in this fight as I’ve never bred a dog or offered a male at stud; my opinions are based on what I’ve seen and learned training several hundred dogs during my professional career. ...Read More >


    Classic Upland Guns

    Arrieta 2-Inch, 12-Bore
    column by: Ernie Foster

    My introduction to Arrieta guns came 35 years ago as I dined in Spain with several other enthusiastic hunters on the eve of our driven red grouse shoot. The hunters were stately gentlemen of means, most of them accompanied by their significant others, all dressed in affluent, prim and proper hunting attire. As the superb Spanish wines were consumed, the gun talk surfaced, and soon we were discussing what pair of side-by-sides each shooter would take to the field. At some point the participant to my right asked, “What will you be shooting tomorrow?” ...Read More >


    In the Swing

    Why We Miss – and Other True Mysteries of Our Lives as Wing Shooters • Part I
    column by: Bryan E. Bilinski

    At some time or another, we all have missed our fair share of game birds and clays in flight. If you have never, ever missed any flying target, please tell me your secret; I will most likely hire you as a shooting instructor for my FIELDSPORT Wingshooting Schools. ...Read More >


    The Upland Kitchen

    Vietnamese-Style Pho with Woodcock, Cilantro, Thai Basil, Chiles and Lime
    column by: Gordon Hamersley

    As winter turns to spring from Michigan to Maine, you can feel the land in transition. The sun’s warmth at midday melts the last of the ice from the banks of the little creek that runs behind our little New England farmhouse. Woodcock will be stopping here soon on their way north as they transition from their southern winter haunts to northern summer breeding grounds. ...Read More >



    Pilgrimage, Desert Spirits, Sagebrush Soliloquy, Forever Hunting Heart
    column by: Bob St. Pierre, Randy Lawrence, Jodi Stemler, Matt Soberg

    I wheeled the truck out of my suburban Saint Paul neighborhood under the cover of early morning darkness and ramped onto the interstate. A few swigs of coffee from a travel mug later and the glow of the Twin Cities’ concrete jungle evaporated in the rearview as my headlights stared westward. South Dakota, America’s pheasant nirvana, my distant bogey on the horizon. The stresses of work, finances, relationships and other Wordsworth-like weariness began to melt away. ...Read More >


    Day’s End

    An Elegiac Ode to Joy
    column by: Greg Hoch

    The eastern horizon perfectly bisects the rising sun and our shadows stretch almost to the edge of the western landscape. It’s April in northwest Minnesota. Though it’s tundra cold this morning, the top layers of clothing will be coming off in an hour or so. Everyone is officially ready to declare an end to the long, cold, miserable winter. ...Read More >



    Try Outs
    column by: Tom Carney

    “Sell Italian-made, 28-gauge over-under. Probably the 20-gauger, too.” “Put all my bird hunting boots, shirts, pants, vests, shells, jackets, caps, knives, luggage and dog bells and beepers into a box at the curb. Stick a Free! sign beside it.” ...Read More >


    The One-Eyed Grouse of Maple Run

    feature by: S.T. Hammond

    Some years ago we penned the following article, which we reproduce here in order to give our readers some idea of the pleasures and perils which so endear to us the pursuit of “that best of all game birds, the lordly Ruffed Grouse.” ...Read More >


    Medical Considerations

    feature by: Alan Liere

    Many years ago I read When the Legends Die by Hal Borlund. Its theme of the loss of culture and identity wraps itself around the story of a young Native American man on the rodeo circuit. The line I have remembered all these years is spoken by an old Mexican ex-bronc buster named Meo: “Life is the rider that breaks us all.” ...Read More >



    Wings Over Uruguay
    feature by: Gary Kramer

    The day started before sunrise with a breakfast of eggs cooked to order, country sausage, toast and steaming pots of rich South American coffee. After breakfast, my hunting partner Greg Mensik and I jumped in the vehicle for a 30-minute ride through the countryside near Paysandú, Uruguay. We traveled through a vast patchwork of green winter wheat, harvested soybean fields and tilled lands where gauchos herded cattle and farmers tended fields. A mixture of agricultural and grazing lands, this northwest region of Uruguay supports high densities of dove and perdiz. ...Read More >


    Little Dogs, Big Hearts

    feature by: Clarke C. Jones

    If you’re looking for an enthusiastic hunting companion who doesn’t take up much space, works alongside you in the field and still has enough energy to romp with the kids in the yard, then the English cocker spaniel might be just the dog for you. ...Read More >


    Tailgate Review

    whatsnew by: Staff, Jodi Stemler

    Fishpondwww.fishpondusa.comHorse Thief Tote$89.95•     16-ounce waxed cotton canvas exterior fabric•     100 percent recycled water bottle for interior lining fabric•     18 x 9 x 16.5 inches•  &nb... ...Read More >



    New Releases • Reprints • Birds • Dogs • Guns • DVDs
    other by: Staff

    NEW!Maine-ly Wing ShootingThe new super instinctive wing shooting guide to clays and game birdsby Brad Varney Brad Varney, “The Shooter’s Guru” is Maine’s Premier Wing and Clay Shooting Instructor. With over 60 years’ wing shooting experience and ... ...Read More >

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