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    Upland Almanac Spring 2019

    On the Cover: “Opening Day – German Shorthair Pointers” is the name of this fine art by Scot Storm, Courtesy of Wild Wings, LLC. For more information on his artwork visit his website at www.wildwings.com.

    Volume 22, Number 1 | ISSN:

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    column by: John C. Gosselin

    Welcome to the Spring 2019 issue of The Upland Almanac! By now, many of us have cleaned our shotguns and stored our boots as our seasons have ended. Some of us get to enjoy quail hunting for a few more weeks. Soon, though, all the seasons will be closed leaving us with another season’s worth of hunting memories plus looking ahead to next year’s hunting. ...Read More >


    Dreams . . . Delivered

    Remington (Remi)
    column by: Brett Silliker

    Remi at 10 weeks old retrieving a woodcock at an old farm cover along the river. ...Read More >


    Flushes & Noteworthy Points

    Recommended Reading
    column by: Tom Carney

    Two regular contributors to The Upland Almanac have written a couple of intriguing books outdoor lovers will enjoy. ...Read More >


    For the Birds

    Woodcock Limited; NBCI; RGS/AWS
    column by: Staff

    Woodcock Limited, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2003 by a fraternity of hunters and conservationists dedicated to the welfare of the American woodcock. Our organization 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. ...Read More >


    Bird Dogs – Health Matters

    First Aid Afield: Exam Basics
    column by: Dr. Hank Clemmons

    The trip had been planned for months, the honey-do list finished, the truck packed and you’re on the road with Dave, your best huntin’ buddy. Bird numbers are up. The weather’s perfect. Gas prices just fell 10 cents a gallon. Dave’s 7-year-old GSP Brit is at the top of her game – a bird finding machine. The early start pays off. You have time to check into the motel, unload, change into hunting gear and catch a couple hours of hunting before the sun sets. ...Read More >


    Day’s End

    The Lazarus Effect
    column by: Robert DeMott

    Until recently it did not seem possible to choose a single flush from among countless thousands in 60 years of upland bird hunting that could be called the most important of my life. That is, until at the age of 74, I was blindsided by a kidney infection that turned to a virulent bout of sepsis and put me in intensive care for five days. ...Read More >



    October, We Hardly Knew Ye!
    column by: Tom Carney

    By mid-August 2018, all the plans had been penciled in: five trips, four of which included some combination of birds, dogs and comrades. ...Read More >


    The Check Cord

    Introduction to Nonthreatening Force Fetch Methods; Importance of Pedigree
    column by: Alec Sparks, Jessie Richards

    Over 27 years ago, I was introduced to the techniques of force fetching (FF), a method for getting a dog to deliver reliably to hand, and with some breeds laying the foundation for more advanced training. I questioned the process. ...Read More >


    Classic Upland Guns

    C & H Weston Athletic Outfitters and Gunmakers 16-Bore Hammer Gun
    column by: Ernie Foster

    I approached the brace of English pointers, staunch on point in the Scottish moor, as the red grouse lay motionless out of sight in the heather. The gamekeeper stayed back with a brace of Boykin spaniels as he leaned on his staff to watch the flush and dispatch his retrievers. As I got closer, I cocked the high-spurred rebounding hammers of the C & H Weston and firmly grasped the nicely figured straight hand walnut stock, making ready to take a bird on the covey rise. ...Read More >


    In the Swing

    Mr. Slump Testifies on Shooting Woes
    column by: Bryan E. Bilinski

    I am a 56-year-old accountant from Wisconsin, and I am so busy that I don’t shoot clay targets as much as I would like. At the most, I get in a few rounds of trap before the season begins. Now that bird season is in full swing here, I was very optimistic about being a “lightning strike” wing shot because I just bought a new 20-gauge over-under grouse gun to match my old, reliable 12-gauge by the same maker I have owned for the past 10 years. ...Read More >


    The Upland Kitchen

    Pheasant Empanadas with Chimichuri
    column by: Gordon Hamersley

    Bird season may be over for most of us unless you have a trip planned to hunt in South America this spring. The upland bird of choice there is likely perdiz, and it is hunted in the vast grasslands behind pointing dogs. It’s open country, and you get a good look at the birds that tend to fly like our southern quail. ...Read More >


    Pages Past

    Timberdoodle Titles: Part 2
    column by: Glen Blackwood

    The past few columns have dealt with the concept of building one’s wing shooting library. Continuing down that path, we will again use woodcock books as examples, this time looking at books that fit into a biological or how-to category. Readers may not find these books as romantic or entertaining as lyrical writing, but they have merit and need to be included in a well-rounded collection. ...Read More >


    A Gopher Safari

    feature by: Alan Liere

    As winter turns slowly to spring in these parts, the days become longer. Sometimes, with all hunting seasons closed for eight months, they become so long I have at times even considered organizing my closet. During the fall and winter seasons, I hunt at least twice a week, sometimes more. Mostly, I hunt birds. ...Read More >


    Feathered Firecrackers!

    Often Ignored Bird Can Embarrass Even the Best Shots
    feature by: John N. Felsher, text and photos

    Armed and ready for sudden action, the men walked gingerly across the soggy river marsh punctuated by numerous mucky sinkholes. As one hunter stepped on a weedy clump, a tiny screeching object burst from the grass and almost few into his face. ...Read More >


    Will More Rabbit Feet Lead to Good Luck for Southern New England Grouse?

    feature by: Edward Ricciuti

    Southernmost New England’s moribund ruffed grouse population could use a major hurricane on the order of 1938’s calamitous big blow. ...Read More >


    From To Hell with Hunting

    The Perils of Woodcock Shooting
    feature by: Ed Zern

    My friend Larry Madison took his wife woodcock-hunting in Pennsylvania one day. He drove down an old logging road until it petered out completely, and the two of them spent the afternoon poking around the countryside without starting a single doodle. By the time they got back to the car it had started to rain, and darkness was coming on. ...Read More >



    On Second Thought …
    feature by: Mike Lannoo• Dave Books • Robert DeMott • Steve Griffin • Illustrations by Glenn Wolff

    Sue and I bought our first chocolate Lab when our son was 4 years old. Abbey grew up being Pete’s buddy – a lovable, dopey lug that adored people as much as she cherished food. Little Pete could pull her ears or ride her bareback, and Abbey just took it. In the field she stayed close, worked the thickest cover and was exceptional at tracking downed birds. Abbey was the Essence of Labrador. ...Read More >


    South Dakota’s “Big Five” for Pheasant Hunting

    feature by: Jeff Nedwick

    America’s favorite pheasant hunting destination – South Dakota – is truly the sum of its parts, an intricately stitched tapestry of the unique traditions and history of its local communities. ...Read More >


    Tailgate Review

    whatsnew by: Staff

    The latest in the new generation of vacuum-insulated bottles, the Microlite performs better than traditional glass- or stainless steel-built bottles with which we are familiar. Of course, it’s designed to be lighter and less bulky than traditional vacuum bottles. ...Read More >



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

    “A fall of woodcock into a covert you have either chosen or to which you have been directed is a magic all its own.” ...Read More >

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