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    Upland Almanac Spring 2018

    On the Cover: Pensive Partridge is the name of this fine art by Leah Brigham. For more information on her artwork visit her website at www.leahbrigham.com.

    Volume 21, Number 1 | ISSN:

    Article Bites


    Day’s End

    Things Hoped For
    column by: Greg Hoch

    The snow is gone, and the world is bare and brown. It still feels more like late winter than early spring. Soon the first ducks will arrive to dot the rivers and wetlands. The feeder will be crowded with bickering and squawking sparrows. Flocks of shorebirds will appear on mudflats. Later the tree branches will drip with the colorful feathers and melodies of warblers. ...Read More >



    column by: Tom Huggler, Dave Books, Jeff Nedwick, Joseph Sands

    I’m probably not as old as the guy who bought me for three bucks at a garage sale back in the early ’70s, and I’m clearly in better shape, too. After all, cast iron cookware lasts a long time, which is why some of my ancestors are 300 years old. They say Paul Revere designed my No. 10 flat lid with turned-up rim to hold coals, along with my three stubby legs for better heat conduction and air circulation underneath. Could be. ...Read More >


    The Upland Kitchen

    Trout with lemon, butter and parsley
    column by: Gordon Hamersley

    I trundled through a wet spot as I neared the shallow end of the lake and noticed the early skunk cabbage were just beginning to show their purple heads above the short, lime green understory. I had my fly rod and a small box of newly tied flies. I was headed to a favorite spot for the first casts of the year. ...Read More >


    Pages Past

    column by: Glen Blackwood

    A few months past, I was emailed an Internet link regarding wing shooting authors. It started with a question: “Who is your favorite wing shooting author?” As most things on the Web, everyone had an opinion, and the thread grew to several pages. Reading the thread, the names of Gene Hill, William Harnden Foster, Nash Buckingham, Corey Ford and others were championed. The authors listed were not only from the past. Modern writers such as Tom Huggler, Tom Davis and Mike Gaddis were also touted. ...Read More >


    In the Swing

    Why We Miss • Part V
    column by: Bryan E. Bilinski

    As we pick up where we last left off with our list of reasons why we miss with a shotgun (to jog your memory, our last reason was “#14, Shooting in new, progressive lens eyewear”), it must be somewhat depressing to learn that there are still more reasons forthcoming. Sorry, no harm intended. This information is meant to help you to improve your awareness and desire to become a more consistent wing shot. ...Read More >


    The Check Cord

    column by: Alec Sparks, Jessie Richards

    Over the years, I have often been asked by my clients if their hunting dogs should be raised and kept inside or outside of the home or what’s my opinion on where they are kept. Some have the theory that if they live indoors, dogs won’t be tough enough when they are out hunting in the fields and in cold water. ...Read More >


    Classic Upland Guns

    SKB (Sakaba) Model 605 Ducks Unlimited Over-Under
    column by: Ernie Foster

    If you were to ask shooting men where the best shotguns were made, Japan would not be one of their choices. Yet in its infancy around 1860, the SKB Company was known for its craftsmanship, producing guns of the highest quality. I have never seen one of the period guns, and there appears to be very little history supporting the SKB gunmaking activities prior to the early 1960s. ...Read More >


    Healthy Dog

    Mixed Signals
    column by: Walt Cottrell, DVM

    Dear Dr. Walt: I have a puppy that has seizures. They started a few weeks after we got her at 8 weeks and are hard to watch. What is the likelihood they can be controlled, and can she have a good life and be a bird dog? ...Read More >


    For the Birds

    Woodcock Limited
    column by: Staff

    Woodcock Limited of Michigan is excited to be involved in the chapter’s first habitat project, which includes five separate sites in Gratiot County totaling 138 acres. The project will link private properties currently enrolled in the Hunting Access Program with the 16,684-acre Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area (SGA). ...Read More >


    Flushes & Noteworthy Points

    UA Headed to College!
    column by: Staff

    According to Joyce Harrison Bahle, a copy of The Upland Almanac will soon be part of an archive, the Jim Harrison collection, at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ...Read More >


    Dreams . . . Delivered

    column by: Staff

    Puppy 2012: The best gift before Christmas, a photo from a thoughtful breeder of Tully at 8 weeks of age. There is promise, there is potential, there is the possibility and the dream he will become my best hunting buddy and partner. ...Read More >


    Louisiana Doves

    Keeping Vigilance and Maintaining Access
    feature by: John Flores

    James Whitaker, a biologist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, turned his truck onto an oil field service road on a hot, humid August morning last summer. For years, the road was utilized by Chevron Corporation and provided access to one of the company’s well locations on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier, Louisiana. ...Read More >


    Profile of the Artist: Leah Brigham

    feature by: Jeff Nedwick

    Every artist aspires to create a masterpiece, a statement so eloquently expressed that it leaves viewers feeling they have seen the familiar for the first time. The challenge lies in turning the ordinary – a game bird or a hunting dog – into something extraordinary, something that calls to mind a forgotten memory. This is precisely the aim of wildlife artist Leah Brigham. ...Read More >


    Blame It on the Rain

    The Impact of Extreme Weather Events on Upland Bird Populations
    feature by: Jodi Stemler

    “How many times will hunters go on a hot, early season hunt that’s tough on their dogs and without seeing many birds before they just decide to give up?” asks Steve Belinda, Executive Director of the North American Grouse Partnership. ...Read More >



    What’s the Point?
    other by: Tom Carney

    Online, displayed in white print on black a T-shirt for sale: “There are two types of people in this world: 1. Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data 2. … ” Ha! Ha! Ha! That’s a good one. ...Read More >



    New Releases • Reprints • Birds • Dogs • Guns • DVDs
    other 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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