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Monthly Archive for February, 2012

It’s almost spring. For sharptail grouse, that means their annual mating rituals. They’re pretty cool to see – just check them out below.

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As the 19th century ended, the shooting world was winding up 100 years of change. In 1800, muzzle loading flintlocks had ruled the field. Then in 1839, percussion guns took over, followed by breech loaders and then centerfire hammerguns. By 1885, these hammerguns were out and self-cocking, hammerless doubles were in. While the new hammerless […]

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I came across this video the other day on Youtube. The clip is from a quail preserve in Tennessee. From what I can see, the place puts hunters into lots of birds. It also has some dogs that really know how to find those birds and retrieve them. But here’s what bothers me: The dogs are […]

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Arrizabalaga double barrel shotguns have a reputation for being some of the finest side-by-sides made in Spain. This little 28 gauge is a nice example of the kind of work they turn out. It looks like a pretty low-grade model that’s in excellent original condition. If you shoot a smaller-proportioned gun (yeah, I didn’t want to […]

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Habitat loss and declining bird numbers — it’s a sad story that’s being played out across North America. It’s also a story that involves woodcock. Eahc year, as forests mature and housing developments expands, these birds loose more of their home turf. The Woodcock Task Force is fighting to stop this.   Read more about […]

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Auction alert! There are a number of good guns and sporting items coming up on Saturday, 2/4, at South Bay Actions in East Moriches, Long Island, NY. Here are a few highlights of the sale. See the complete listing here. Lot 4: Winchester Model 21 12g with 28″ barrels. Lot 6: Francotte, 28g. side by side. Lot […]

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Here’s a good video of summer training from Hi Five Kennels. Besides the nice dog work, what I liked most about this video of how it shows you the kind of covers grouse & woodcock like. Watch the whole thing and you’ll see the places where these birds hang out.

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