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    Dreams Delivered

    column by: Staff

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

     

    Flushes & Noteworthy Points

    Sometimes It's More than Just Mere Words...
    column by: Tom McGuane

    Every now and then, if we are fortunate, we stumble upon a few reminders that in skilled hands outdoor writing can, indeed, become outdoor literature. This is the type of writing that touches us more deeply than a “Me ’n Joe went huntin’ and had fun”-type of story can. The kind that inspires a little. ...Read More >

     

    For the Birds

    Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever
    column by: Staff

    Upland hunters in Oregon have joined the ranks of “The Habitat Organization” with the recent formation of the Columbia River Gorge Chapter of Pheasants Forever (PF). Local volunteers will now help deliver the mission of the nation’s leading upland conservation group through public access projects, hunter recruitment, habitat enhancement and much more. ...Read More >

     

    Fire Away!

    The Fausti XF4 Black: Quality Reigns Supreme
    column by: Staff

    A combination of high-quality design elements and expert craftsmanship makes the Fausti XF4 a shotgun that offers sophisticated construction, solid performance and gorgeous good looks. With full steel construction, high sheen, blued finish barrel set, satin receiver and a highly figured walnut stock, the XF4 is undeniably attractive. ...Read More >

     

    Bird Dogs – Health Matters

    Restraint Techniques for Emergency Situations
    column by: Dr. Hank Clemmons

    In my previous two columns, I’ve helped you assemble a well-equipped first-aid kit and shared some basic tips on the use of several items in it. But all of that newly acquired knowledge is useless if your dog won’t hold still while you’re trying to treat it. So before we continue with the discussion of how to use any other pieces of equipment, let’s take a look at field restraint techniques. ...Read More >

     

    The Check Cord

    A Better Understanding of Pressure
    column by: Alec Sparks

    Depending on the doctrine or method of training you follow, your dog is probably exposed to some mental or physical pressure. Pressure isn’t an enemy of training; both dogs and people thrive on it as long as it falls within some very important parameters. Then pressure needs to be understood, not overzealously or poorly applied, and it can’t be never-ending. People tend to think only about pressure one dimensionally as in, “What am I doing right now?” or “At what intensity/duration mode is my remote collar set?” To really get a handle on the pressure your dog is dealing with, we need to look at things a bit more comprehensively. ...Read More >

     

    The Check Cord

    The Importance of Crate Training
    column by: Jessie Richards

    There are several benefits that can come from crate training a dog, especially if you begin right away when it’s a puppy. It’s important to start your pup off on the right track from day one. ...Read More >

     

    Classic Upland Guns

    Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon: Quail Unlimited Covey Model
    column by: Ernie Foster

    My sons and I arrive at the abandoned homestead site and make ready for the hunt. The hand-dug well sits near the stone foundation, still sporting the remains of the stone fireplace and chimney. The walled enclosures must have once provided pastures for livestock, and the flat stones surrounding the dugout area in the banking suggest the former location of the barn. ...Read More >

     

    In the Swing

    The Hunting Trip from Hell! Part II
    column by: Bryan E. Bilinski

    In Part I of this series, a newly ordained bird hunter from Ohio was planning his first major wing shooting trip and asked for some tips. But I couldn’t stop at just 10, so here are some more. ...Read More >

     

    The Upland Kitchen

    Seared Quail with Pear, Orange, Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Bitter Greens
    column by: Gordon Hamersley

    Tired of waiting hours for the birds to slowly braise and dinner finally to be ready? Sick of those heavy sauces and the carbo-laced cold weather side dishes that just put on the pounds and induce sleep? Me too and this issue’s upland bird meal calls for something fast, lean and full flavored to beat the cold weather blues! Think hearty winter salads! ...Read More >

     

    Pages Past

    Epicurean Adventures
    column by: Glen Blackwood

    The thrill of exploration is in part why I hunt both birds and books. In the realm of books, as in the bird fields, sometimes the chase is more climatic than the final capture. As a way to continue exploring, I have developed an appetite for cookbooks, especially those featuring wild game. With winter upon us, and hopefully a bird or two in your larder, what better time to discuss this category? ...Read More >

     

    Day's End

    The Anniversary Grouse
    column by: Anthony J. Conte

    The rain was mixing with sleet and snow, and the forecast was for more this late December; I needed to drive north via the Taconic Parkway through the Hudson Valley to Shushan, New York. The following day I had a 10 a.m. appointment at Nina’s Jewelry in Manchester, Vermont, about 20 miles farther. The pearls I had ordered for my wife Helen had finally arrived, two days before she and I would be celebrating our 48th wedding anniversary. ...Read More >

     

    Tailfeathers

    Replays
    column by: Tom Carney

    Once, staring down at Lake Superior from a cliff in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, writer Jim Harrison witnessed the collision of a fog bank and a thunderstorm. He scrambled back from the cliff’s edge and began “searching for cover in a fog so dense I was running into solid whiteness. I tripped into a deepish sand pocket blown into an oval by a millennium of strong winds.” ...Read More >

     

    799.2 - From: “Brave Hunter, Stout Woodcock”

    feature by: P.J. O'Rourke

    I’m not sure I want to know why I’m attracted to bird hunting. But I will try to make sense of the matter. I’ve been shooting in New Brunswick, Canada, for a decade. Usually 8 or 10 of us make an outing in the fall. We are an ordinary lot, halfway though life’s actuarial leach field and pretty well fixed. We’re not likely to be tapped for a Benetton ad. Some of us are avid hunters and deadly shots, and some of us have a gun that doesn’t fit and needs a different choke and ...Read More >

     

    Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

    feature by: Randy Lawrence

    n Ohio in the late ’50s, “pheasant season” was one-half day long for George Hamilton — Thanksgiving morning on his sister’s farm. While wives hauled covered dishes and roasters into the farmhouse, their men gathered in the barnyard. All of them, brothers and brothers-in-law, farmed on the thinnest of margins. Most, like George, worked a town job on the side to stay on the land. ...Read More >

     

    Colorado Blues and Bobs

    feature by: Mike Gnatkowski

    A chance meeting set the stage. Returning from a trade show in June, I was taking the shuttle back to the extended parking lot at Denver International Airport. Eventually, the passengers dwindled down to a guy sporting a Browning cap and me. Turned out the guy was Cody Strong, who at the time was Pheasants Forever’s biologist for southeast Colorado. Our conversation quickly turned to quail numbers in Colorado and the prospects for the coming season. His eyes lit up, and his voice rose an octave: Winter snows and timely spring rains promised exceptional hunting in the fall. ...Read More >

     

    Dr. Hank’s Genuine Alabama Elixir To Cure Your Midwest Winter Ruffed Grouse Blues

    feature by: Ron Barger

    “You boys go ahead, and make as much noise as you want,” chortled Dr. Hank Clemmons. “We’re gonna’ have ourselves a good ol’ Alabama Shake ’n Bake.” ...Read More >

     

    Don’t Say That!

    feature by: Alan Liere

    I’ve never felt camping is a rational activity for 21st century man. For millions of years, my ancestors grubbed and shivered and swatted and tried to improve their lot in life so that someday I could have a microwave and a warm house with a screen door. For me to intentionally revert to a primitive shelter and an open fire seems terribly thankless, not to mention silly. To do so in the winter, when wet socks can freeze and break into little pieces before they even have a chance to offend, goes beyond silly and becomes chummy with other A words like asinine, addled and abominable. ...Read More >

     

    Tailgate Review

    whatsnew by: Staff

    Training Bird Dogs with Ronnie Smith Kennels introduces and promotes the “Smith Training System” (aka “Silent Command System”), first developed in the 1950s by Ronnie Smith, Sr., and his brother Delmar. In that sense it’s like any other hunting dog training book: The author espouses and explains a specific teaching method with which he has had success. But that’s where the comparisons end. ...Read More >

     

    Bookstores

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

    Bird Dogs & Birds is the second collection of 34 original bird hunting short stories written by lifelong upland bird hunter and outdoor writer, Chuck Martin. An Illinois native and avid conservationist, ...Read More >

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