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    Greetings

    column by: John C. Gosselin

    Summer is usually the slow time for bird hunters. Other than getting ourselves and our dogs in shape and awaiting the annual bird counts from our favorite states for our favorite birds, there’s not much going on for us. ...Read More >

     

    Dreams ... Delivered

    column by: Staff

    Dog: Tappy, English cocker spaniel ...Read More >

     

    Flushes & Noteworthy Points

    column by: Staff

    Women are the fastest-growing segment in hunting. And why is that? Survey Finds Education Is Key to Public Acceptance of Hunting & Woodcock: Spare the Hens, Help the Bird? ...Read More >

     

    For the Birds

    column by: Staff

    Ruffed Grouse Society/American Society, Woodcock Limited, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers & National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative ...Read More >

     

    Bird Dogs - Health Matters

    Field Bandaging
    column by: Dr. Hank Clemmons

    Lily’s getting older now. A small Llewellyn-style setter, she limps as she methodically trots through the brush finding birds most dogs would miss. But in her youth, she was a white specter, ghosting through the woods barely touching the ground, sailing back and forth in front of Leon. A retired major in the U.S. Marine Corps, Leon was the only one in our regular hunting group who was physically fit enough to keep up with her. While the rest of us covered acres, Leon and Lily covered miles, returning full of wild stories and a bag full of birds. ...Read More >

     

    Fire Away!

    Legacy Pointer Arista
    column by: Staff

    As some readers might know, Legacy Sports International of Reno, Nevada, imports several brands of affordable firearms. Pointer shotguns, one of the brands it imports, are made by Kahn Arms in Turkey. As such, they are known as decent, “nice enough” shotguns available at a good price for the beginner or the shooter who just wants a hunting gun and isn’t concerned with the aesthetics of more expensive brands. ...Read More >

     

    The Check Cord

    Fundamentals of Reward-Based Training
    column by: Alec Sparks

    Wait, what? Why is the pointing dog guy writing about flushing dogs? ...Read More >

     

    Classic Upland Guns

    W&C Scott & Sons, London (circa 1873)
    column by: Ernie Foster

    The young man pulled the long gun out of the sleeve and said, “I do not know anything about the gun. It was my great-grandfather’s. I remember Grandpa telling stories to my dad about what a prolific waterfowler and upland bird hunter his father was. Although Grandpa had shared some time in the field with his dad, mine showed little interest. The gun got passed down from generation to generation, and it has been sitting in my closet for many years.” ...Read More >

     

    In the Swing

    Johnny's or Mary's First Shotgun
    column by: Bryan E. Bilinski

    It is high time, my fellow bird hunters, that we seriously consider the future of our sport and this lifestyle we cherish. Have you ever thought where the next generation of wing shooters will evolve from? I have, and one of the signs that our ranks are shrinking is the fact that hunting license sales across America have largely declined over the past decade. State DNRs have addressed this major concern with special youth hunting seasons and lowering the age requirements to buy a hunting license. ...Read More >

     

    Upland Chef

    It's Summertime, and the Grilling Is Easy
    column by: Gordon Hamersley

    “I believe that the ability to cook meat over a wood fire is inborn in all of us. ... It’s a skill practiced over hundreds of Sundays conducting a backyard symphony of meat and heat.” ...Read More >

     

    Pages Past

    Natural Writings
    column by: Glen Blackwood

    Recently while rummaging through the console of my truck, searching for a small screwdriver that I keep there for emergencies, I found a long forgotten CD. This find was not a financial windfall, as it was not a certificate of deposit but an old-fashioned compact disc. The CD was a compendium of Warren Zevon’s music, its tracks having the musician’s popular songs as well as less known tunes. I remembered buying it at a late night truck stop while road tripping East to fish terrestrials on the freestone runs of North Central Pennsylvania. While Warren Zevon’s music and wild trout fishing may not seem compatible, the music provided the companionship and stimulation needed for safe passage. ...Read More >

     

    Quail Shooting

    column by: Grover Cleveland

    We hear a great deal in these days about abundant physical exercise as a necessary factor in the maintenance of sound health and vigor. This is so universally and persistently enjoined upon us by those whose studies and efforts are devoted to our bodily welfare that frequently, if we withhold an iota of belief concerning any detail of the proposition, we subject ourselves to the accusation of recklessly discrediting the laws of health. While beyond all doubt a wholesale denial of the importance of physical exertion to a desirable condition of bodily strength would savor of foolish hardihood, we are by no means obliged to concede that mere activity of muscles without accompaniment constitutes the exercise best calculated to do us good. In point of fact we are only boldly honest and sincere when we insist that really beneficial exercise consists as much in the pursuit of some independent object we desire to reach or gain by physical exertion, coupled with a pleasant stimulation of mental interest and recreation, as in any given kind or degree of mere muscular activity. Bodily movement alone, undertaken from a sense of duty or upon medical advice, is among the dreary and unsatisfying things of life. It may cultivate or increase animal strength and endurance, but it is apt at the same time to weaken and distort the disposition and temper. The medicine is not only distasteful, but fails in efficacy unless it is mingled with the agreeable and healing ingredients of mental recreation and desirable objects of endeavor. ...Read More >

     

    Tailgate Review

    column by: Staff

    Silynx Communications, Inc., Camp Chef, Filson & Women’s Merino Wool Base Layers. ...Read More >

     

    Day's End

    Big Running Dog
    column by: Staff

    “Where is your dog, Joe?” My cousin Brian has a knack for asking poignant questions. My English pointer, Miller, had run over the ridge several minutes prior and was now out of sight. ...Read More >

     

    Tailfeathers

    Baggage
    column by: Tom Carney

    The final spoonful of oatmeal did me in. “I don’t like this low-fat diet at all,” I affirmed. “You’re whining again, Tom. You can’t fight father time,” said Maureen, retrieving one of her late father’s favorite aphorisms. It occurred to me that she might have been calling me “old.” ...Read More >

     

    Landings: Of Bugs and Birds

    feature by: Chris Madson

    August on the high plains is the most comfortable time to stretch the legs and air out the dog. This field, just off the end of the local airport’s main runway, is the best place for such exercises, which are technically, according to local ordinance, illegal. ...Read More >

     

    Veteran Upland Shoot

    Photo Essay
    feature by: Lefty Ray Chapa

    Serving our country in the armed forces is a dangerous profession. During times of war, some service members pay the ultimate sacrifice. Some return with physical damage beyond repair. Others might get injured in the normal course of their service work and some even after they have left active duty. ...Read More >

     

    Fields of Dreams

    feature by: Ashley Stimpson

    Before you make it across the four-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge from Maryland’s Anne Arundel County to its rural Eastern Shore, the birds are impossible to overlook: kamikaze seagulls weave between the cables, stoic cormorants atop them. Beyond the bridge, as farmland spreads out before you like a lavish feast, the reliable denizens of the fields appear — turkey vultures, egrets and Canada geese (don’t be fooled — some of those are decoys). Turn down the country lanes that divvy up the land and you’ll dodge doves, bluebirds and mockingbirds as they dart across the road. Above, incoming or outgoing flocks remain distant scribbles on a blue canvas of sky. If you were taking an avian roll call, it seems there’d be a checkmark by all the big local names — except for one notable exception: the prince of game birds, the bobwhite quail. ...Read More >

     

    Shooting for "Successful Beginnings"

    feature by: Britney Booth

    Listed among a handful of women as a National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) Level III Shooting Instructor, Elizabeth Fennell is an all-around lover of wing shooting, clay shooting and fostering other women into recreational shooting sports. Elizabeth and her husband Will run Fennell Shooting School, a private facility in South Carolina where everyone, from beginners all the way to top competitors, go for shooting instruction and clinics. ...Read More >

     

    Deciphering Dog Food Labels: Good Luck with That!

    feature by: Tom Carney

    Arguably, many of us hunting dog owners devote much more time and energy trying to figure out the best food for our dogs than we do on food for ourselves. But the decks are stacked against consumers in this pursuit, and we’re left with a “the best you can do” situation. ...Read More >

     

    Bookstore

    whatsnew by: Staff

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

     

    Still Smokin'?

    other by: Alan Liere

    On a chukar hunt 35 years ago, my wife issued a challenge: She could last longer without nicotine than I. Turns out my stubbornness was equal to hers, and the cigarette we shared while sitting on the rimrock high above the Snake River in Idaho was the last one we ever had. The rest of the pack was buried ceremoniously under a pile of basalt, and though there have been times I wanted to climb back up there to resurrect it, I remain a nonsmoker. ...Read More >

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