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    Upland Almanac Winter 2018

    On the Cover: “Winter Walk” 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 21, Number 4 | ISSN:

    Article Bites



    column by: John C. Gosselin

    Welcome to our Winter 2018 issue! As many of you doubtless know, 2018-2019 represents the 100th anniversary of pheasant hunting in the state of South Dakota. ...Read More >


    Dreams . . . Delivered

    column by: Taylor Tackett

    Tank pins down a covey of quail. ...Read More >


    Flushes & Noteworthy Points

    Did We Read This Correctly?
    column by: Staff

    As part of our theme of exploring the rich history of 100 years of South Dakota pheasant hunting, check out this item from the Nov. 13, 1950, Sioux Falls Argus-Leader. ...Read More >


    For the Birds

    Jones Becomes New President and CEO
    column by: Staff

    The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society (RGS/AWS) announced the selection of Benjamin C. Jones as new President and Chief Executive Officer. ...Read More >


    Bird Dogs – Health Matters

    Take Your Pulse First
    column by: Dr. Hank Clemmons

    Early one crisp October morning several years ago, I left my cabin in northern Wisconsin to go hunt with my buddies in Michigan. With only about a five-hour drive ahead of me, and its being such a beautiful day, I decided to hunt my way across the Upper Peninsula, trying out new spots. ...Read More >


    The Check Cord

    Force . . . Broken?
    column by: Alec Sparks, Jessie Richards

    Getting pointing dogs to retrieve is a crucial issue for some owners and irrelevant for others. ...Read More >


    Classic Upland Guns

    Edward Maynard, 20-Bore Single-Shot
    column by: Ernie Foster

    Single-shot shotguns started showing up in the late 1800s as the shotgun shell was being developed, and breech-loading gun designs were being perfected. In most cases, it was easy to convert a single-shot, breech-loading rifle to a shotgun just by fitting the appropriate barrel and altering the firing pin alignment, head spacing and extractor engagement. ...Read More >


    The Upland Kitchen

    Joanne’s Grouse Chowder with Leeks, Morels and Wild Rice
    column by: Gordon Hamersley

    Chefs around the world are a generous lot with their recipes. We tend to be curious and hunger for new ideas or variations on familiar themes. So when my good friend and fellow chef Joanne Linehan checked in last winter with news from Yaak, Montana, the tiny community where she lives with her husband Tim, I was eager to hear what she’d been cooking. ...Read More >



    Tintinnabulation … abulation … ulation
    column by: Tom Carney

    At what point does your opening day fever reach … uh … fever pitch? ...Read More >


    A Big Time on the Prairie

    feature by: Tom Carney

    In 1932, on the first of several autumn hunting trips to Huron, South Dakota, Chicago Tribune Outdoors Editor Bob Becker became enchanted. He described “cornfields so crowded with pheasants that they were elbowing each other out of the fields onto the highway,” places “where the ringnecks are found by the thousands” and weed patches so densely populated that he and his companions saw “dozens of birds running ahead of us.” ...Read More >


    At Home in Wisconsin’s Grouse Woods

    feature by: John Pollmann, text and photos

    It is one thing to read of the thick, tangled coverts that ruffed grouse call home and the difficulty this cover makes for gunning after the famed game bird; it is quite another thing to experience the north woods firsthand. ...Read More >


    Blix Donnelly

    Pheasant Hunter
    feature by: Jimmy Robinson

    Get the picture. It was the second game of the 1944 World Series. The Browns had won the first game. The Cards didn’t look too good as the second went along. Max Lanier was shaky. The score was two-all going into the eighth. Then Mike Kreevich of the Browns, the first man up, poled a double. ...Read More >


    Road Trip

    Wild Buckeye Birds
    feature by: Glen Blackwood, text and photos

    I hit the road in November. But the trip had actually begun in October. Allow me to explain. ...Read More >


    Losing My . . . Stuff

    feature by: Alan Liere

    The medical community calls it dementia or worse – Alzheimer’s – with the latter supposedly being more debilitating. As I understand it, dementia is when you walk into a room and then don’t remember why. Alzheimer’s is when you can’t find your way back out of the room. Thus far, despite a family history, I’m pretty sure I don’t have Alzheimer’s, but it is an inarguable fact that I am slowly losing my … stuff. ...Read More >


    Tailgate Review

    whatsnew by: Staff

    Buck Kniveswww.buckknives.com800-326-2825Open Season Series-Pro Caper Knife (#493)$150• S35VN stainless steel blade• O.D. green Micarta handle• Leather sheath• Forever warrantyBuck has redesigned its premier hunting line to be indestructible and c... ...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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