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    Greetings

    column by: John C. Gosselin

    It seems our hunting seasons have just begun, and now they are over. Year in and year out, I just cannot get over how fast autumn flies by. It’s like the migrating woodcock that leave us so soon in October or November. But now we are preparing for spring, and the woodcock will return. It’s just that we have to wait several long months to enjoy them again. Or do we? ...Read More >

     

    Flushes & Noteworthy Points

    Gluttonous Grouse?
    column by: Staff

    Reader Steve Lavalle of Manchester, New Hampshire, submitted this photo of a grouse he found while hunting in central Wisconsin. Apparently, the grouse had choked to death on an acorn that was too big to pass through his crop. ...Read More >

     

    Dreams Delivered

    column by: Staff

    Dog: Clara, American Brittany Owner: Bob VanBlargan, Northampton, Pennsylvania ...Read More >

     

    Fire Away!

    Fabarm Elos D2
    column by: Staff

    Fabarm sets itself apart from the competitors with its unique barrel and choke technology on this over-under. The unique hyperbolic profile chokes on Fabarm’s Tribore HP barrel allow for the use of steel shot within the entire range of choke tubes, even improved modified and full chokes. ...Read More >

     

    For the Birds

    Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Legislature Must Provide for LWCF
    column by: Staff

    Arguably the most significant component of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (S.47), the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) marked a hard-won victory for conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups and communities nationwide. The fund’s expiration on Sept. 30, 2018, prompted a stunning groundswell of advocacy that helped drive the passage of S.47. Yet today, more than a year since enactment of the legislation, funding for LWCF remains in limbo. ...Read More >

     

    Bird Dogs - Health Matters

    Field Restraint and Skin Stapling
    column by: Dr. Hank Clemmons

    About an hour into the afternoon hunt, Ron calls out, “Hey, I’m seeing a blood trail over here. Are you close enough to Beau to see if he’s bleeding?” ...Read More >

     

    The Check Cord

    Evaluating Your Options
    column by: Staff

    Not everyone wants to raise and train a puppy, so for many people a young prospect, a “started” or a finished dog is a practical route. What follows are my personal definitions of each and some thoughts on them. What we might look for can vary greatly and can be determined on where we hunt. Also, my thoughts here address hunting dogs and not trial dogs. ...Read More >

     

    In the Swing

    A Sporting Inventory: Taking Stock
    column by: Bryan E. Bilinski

    As a young lad who was just beginning to experience the joys of wing shooting, Labrador retrievers and shotguns, I somehow read my first Gene Hill story. Hill’s prose and stories, fact or fiction, forever changed the way I looked at my newfound love of the outdoors. ...Read More >

     

    Pages Past

    Varying Voices
    column by: Glen Blackwood

    Last Labor Day weekend, I stumbled onto a pre-owned copy of Geoffrey Norman’s Riding with Jeb Stuart: Hunting Adventures with an English Pointer. Although I had previously purchased a copy of the book when published in 2005, I forked over the cash, justifying my expenditure by believing I was helping a used bookstore prosper. With this title topping both my mind’s awareness and book pile, rereading commenced. A few days later, I was following my daughter, my son and my wife Kathleen around Grand Haven, Michigan, when another used bookstore appeared. This time I departed with a paperback copy of Hunting’s Best Short Stories, published by the Chicago Review Press in 2000. I already own a hardcover copy, but with the likes of Annie Proulx, Thomas McGuane and Ernest Hemingway included (all featured in The Upland Almanac’s “Section 799.2” in past issues), another purchase transpired, again under the guise of supporting used bookstores. As before, top of the mind awareness placed this above Riding with Jeb Stuart and rereading commenced again. ...Read More >

     

    Hight Times in Haddeo

    column by: Jack Ballard

    The burnished body of a pheasant cleared a yonder tree line, its wings beating strongly in the radiant sunlight of a morning not far spent. Once clear of the branches, the bird settled into a long glide, carrying it from the timbered ridge top to a lighting place on the far side of a deep ravine. A ravine in which I stood with a shouldered shotgun. “I’m supposed to shoot that?” I muttered to a gentleman on my left elbow. His face broadened in a smile. “Get on with it.” ...Read More >

     

    The Check Cord

    Proper Etiquette
    column by: Jessie Richards

    Before your dog is ready to go out hunting with a group, you’ll want to make sure it has proper etiquette. This might not be something you find out until the hunt; however, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you both have the best possible experience. ...Read More >

     

    Classic Upland Guns

    E. Remington & Sons: Remington-Whitmore Lifter-Action
    column by: Ernie Foster

    In the late 19th century, E. Remington & Sons joined the great parade of American firearms companies carrying a breech loading side-by-side shotgun product line. Shotgun technology was changing quickly as the industry moved from flintlock guns, to the invention of percussion ignition, to self-contained cartridges ignited by a firing pin that struck the primer. Alongside these changes were updated action designs that supported the evolution of breech loading shotguns. One such action design was the A.E. Whitmore lifter-action on which the opening lever, positioned between the hammers, would be pushed to unlatch the locking system that allowed the barrels to pivot on the hinge pin and expose the barrel breech. ...Read More >

     

    Upland Chef

    Woodcock in Two Courses
    column by: Gordon Hamersley

    “The woodcock is a living refutation of the theory that the utility of a game bird is to serve as a target or to pose gracefully on a slice of toast,” says Aldo Leopold in the “Sky Dance” essay of his classic A Sand County Almanac. He adds, “I must be sure that, come April, there be no dearth of dancers in the sunset sky.” ...Read More >

     

    Tailfeathers

    In Detritus Est Fabulum
    column by: Tom Carney

    One of my favorite lines from the movie Tombstone comes early when Doc Holliday who, upon meeting Johnny Ringo, immediately wise-mouths him. Ringo bristles. Wyatt Earp tries to cool things down: “He’s drunk.” Doc replies, “In vino veritas,” or “In wine there is truth.” That phraseology popped into my head as I cleaned out my Suburban after an autumn’s worth of hunting trips. An aspen leaf nestling halfway down the open-topped bag of dog gear: northern Michigan grouse. ...Read More >

     

    The Incredible, Edible Rail

    feature by: Stephen D. Carpenteri

    Imagine hunting a certified, managed, abundant, controlled game bird that requires no trees, no brush, no dogs, no walking, no experience and no skill. Welcome to the world of rail hunting, where the daily bag limit is 25 birds, and missing even one shot is considered a laughable offense. ...Read More >

     

    Lost and Found

    feature by: Gregory Fritz

    “It can’t get any worse than this,” I said to Jon before it did. By the afternoon of our first day of pheasant hunting in South Dakota, we’d seen scores of wild pheasants erupt from the shelter belts, but most had been flushed out of range by our frenzied, wild running pointing dogs. Overwhelmed by pheasant scent and running birds, Jack, my year-old wirehaired pointing griffon and Jon’s diminutive French Brittany, Lilly, tore through the cover like demons who’d never had five minutes of training. Once the birds were flying, it was all over; a 20 mph wind assisted their escape to the massive sanctuary slough that dominated the middle of the farm. We were embarrassed and nearly skunked. Adding insult to injury, the group-owned hunting van that Jon and I had driven to South Dakota from Iowa had died in the field that morning. ...Read More >

     

    An Excerpt from Partridge Adventures

    Chapter 1
    feature by: WM. H. Claflin, Jr.

    For the past thirty years I have been an ardent partridge gunner, concentrating my activities in the States of New Hampshire and New York. My New Hampshire activities in the first years of the 1920’s were spent in the country south of Mt. Monadnock – a pretty good partridge country in those days; but we soon began to drift further north and found this new country with its many deserted farms more to our liking. It was also in the early twenties that I began to hunt the country along the fringes of the Adirondacks, west of Plattsburg. It was an ideal gunning country, plenty of birds and almost no other gunners. It seemed to me in the middle twenties that the partridges of New York State were tamer than their rel-atives in New Hampshire. In 1938 I moved my New York State activities to the vicinity of Sherburne, which is some forty miles south of Utica. It is a country of rolling hills, dairy farms, and comparatively small covers. There are no large forested areas near Sherburne such as characterize the Plattsburg and New Hampshire territory. ...Read More >

     

    The First Bird After

    feature by: Alan Liere

    It had been a lazy but satisfying Indian summer until my house burned down. Watermelons and tomatoes were ripening, the freezer was full of salmon and walleye, and with the consistently pleasant weather, the hammock on the deck had beckoned often. Gone from that lazy respite where but two hours earlier I had been relaxing with the dogs as I reread Spiller’s Grouse Feathers, I was returning from town with groceries when I saw the spiral of smoke from five miles away. ...Read More >

     

    Day's End

    Last Chance
    feature by: Kelly Knee

    A sly rooster bested me all season long. On opening day, Frank my black Lab forced the rooster to break cover, but his explosive flush so startled me that I only got off a warning shot. Chalking up that first encounter to opening day jitters, I vowed to return. ...Read More >

     

    from Fishing and Shooting Sketches

    The Mission of Sport and Outdoor Life
    feature by: Grover Cleveland

    I am sure that it is not necessary for me, at this late day, to dwell upon the fact that I am an enthusiast in my devotion to hunting and fishing, as well as every other kind of outdoor recreation. I am so proud of this devotion that, although my sporting proclivities have at times subjected me to criticism and petty forms of persecution, I make no claim that my steadfastness should be looked upon as manifesting the courage of martyrdom. On the contrary, I regard these criticisms and persecutions as nothing more serious than gnat stings suffered on the bank of a stream — vexations to be borne with patience and afterward easily submerged in the memory of abundant delightful accompaniments. ...Read More >

     

    Tailgate Review

    whatsnew by: Staff

    SportDog has updated its mid-level e-collar in the long-range SportHunter family. For the hunter whose dog likes to head out almost to the horizon, it has that ¾-mile range. It’s made waterproof by SportDog’s DryTek technology. ...Read More >

     

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    whatsnew by: Staff

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

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