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About me

My name is Gregg and this blog is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

I’m an avid bird hunter and gun collector. I also spend a lot of time outdoors fly fishing and canoeing, and my latest hobby is learning how to play guitar.

I grew up hunting ruffed grouse and woodcock in Berlin, NH, a town in the northern most part of the state. Today, I live in the Northeast and I hunt in Maine and New Hampshire. I also make it out to Montana, South Dakota, and Wisconsin whenever I can.

Me in SD

I’ve always been interested in double guns and bird dogs. When I was a kid, my dad used to take me to gunshops so I could look over the SxS and O/U shotguns. I got my first hunting dog when I was 12 – a Brittany. I sent it for training with money I made at Burger King. Money from the same job also paid for my first shotgun – a 20g Remington 870 with a straight-gripped stock.

In the 1990s, two things fanned my interests in fine shotguns: The Double Gun Journal and a gunshop in Kittery, Maine, called New England Arms. New England Arms was to gunshops what the DGJ is to gun magazines: the best of its kind. I ended up leaving a good job in corporate America to work at New England Arms. While I was only there a year , I gained a decade’s worth of knowledge about fine guns. I also made some excellent friends.

Scott Premier shotgun

Today, I work in advertising and I have an English Pointer named Puck. I still hunt all over the place and I’m hoping to do a lot more of it in the future.

I hope you enjoy this site. If you have questions, comments, or criticisms, let me know.

Thanks
Gregg

Gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

Sunset in Montana:

Montana sunset

31 Responses to “About me”

  1. You sir are a blessing I like all the postings of auctions I too grew up hunting the north east ny long island and all I did in my time off from school was fish the resevoirs and look at doublebarrel guns at the gun shops one gun in my collection is a beretta 32 gauge hammer gun lovely engraving made in 1931

  2. John Holmes says:

    Gregg, first visit to your site and enjoy it. If comeing to Wisconsin for a bird hunt let me know and may be can show you some new spots. John

  3. Gregg says:

    Thanks for the note. I appreciate it.
    I used to live in Appleton, many years ago. I’ve hunted the Park Falls area quite a bit.
    How are things looking this season?

    Gregg

  4. Jeff Pelayo says:

    Great stuff Gregg! Jeff

  5. John Holmes says:

    Officially I think the drumming count was down in some areas. Winter was mild, think it should be good as last year.

  6. Pete Niehaus says:

    Thanks for the great stuff Gregg, you’ve managed to help me stay somewhat sane at work while reading this blog. The woodcock are on the move and I’m stuck in this office…

  7. Gregg says:

    Thanks for the note. I’ll be stuck in the office the next three weeks – no hunting for a while.

  8. Jeff Pelayo says:

    Gregg, adding you to my links on my website….Jeff

  9. Goodman says:

    Gregg, just added you to my favorites. Thanks for all the auction links. Park Falls is a lot of fun. I also enjoy reading anything by Michael McIntosh. Sorry to hear of his passing.

  10. Gregg, Well written piece on “Geoffs Place”. We will be gathering for the Memorial Sunday 6-12-11 (Might be Story before the weekend is Out!!) trevallion. 207-361-1130. (What “Info do you have on E.J.Riley c1858-1880 ?…

  11. Clif Watkins says:

    Gregg, I think you and I are brothers from other mothers, both fascinated with guns, flyfishing, and trying to learn to play guitar. I was born in the wrong state for all 3 (AZ) Constantly feeding the wood with moisture on my cane rod, guitars, and guns

  12. Jerry Allen says:

    Gregg,
    I grew up west of Boston, but lived up in Dummer, NH, during the 1970′s and worked for the now defunct Brown Paper Company as a logger. My heart is still up in northern NH and we are lucky enough to have a second home in Stewartstown to escape to fairly often.
    You have a great website with lots of interesting information. I laughed all through that video you shot from the back of Puck. Great work. Keep it coming.
    Jerry

  13. Gregg says:

    Jerry-

    Thanks for your note. I’ve hunted around Dummer a bit. Nice area.

    Take care,

    Gregg

  14. Paul Van Ness says:

    Hmmm. I guess I misunderstood….Lefever F is nfs! You look familiar to me. I bought a Lefever D grade 3 barrel set from N.E. Arms years back. I think you were there.
    Anyway. I share your love of good guns and rowdy, sweet dogs. Always have, always will. Paul

  15. Bill Queen says:

    Hello, I just purchased a w c scott hammer dbl. 10 ga. with 26″ demascuss barrels today. barrels are badley pitted, stock has been replaced (very crude replacment) but the engraving is still in very excellent codition. engraved geese on side lock, storks or herons on bottom. shotgun is still tight butin need of a good stock. any chance that you might know of a replacement stock for this old dbl.? ser. no. is 39xxx. I can take pics and send if you would like. thanks, Bill Queen, a bird hunter in Huson Montana.

  16. michael tabor says:

    Gregg, I just came across your website which I know I will enjoy. Great sounding bio of yourself, and like yourself, I also love fine doubles and pursuing any species of upland bird. No other leisure activity is as dear to me as being in the fields and forests, shooting a double gun and usually missing the bird I am trying to hit. I recently sold my company to a multinational firm and I plan to spend four months this upcoming season afield, traveling to several states with my two ESS’s, going after prairie chickens, ruffed grouse, chuckars, quail, blue, spruce and sharp tail grouse, wood cock, and maybe a few ducks included. Regarding guns, I own a few and I must say that London guns, mostly the big three or four names, are my favorites. Regarding the outdoors, there is just something special about sleeping in my FJ Cruiser, along a fast moving stream, surrounded by dogs and fine double guns – dreaming of the fine bird I recently consumed for my evening meal. Afterwords, nothing tastes better than bourbon from a tin cup. I just wish I had had the time to do all this when I was younger but it is never to late in life to enjoy whatever passions we have in our brief lives on this enchanted planet.
    Best of luck to you afield and thanks much for this fine web site. Michael

  17. Gregg says:

    Michael-

    Thanks for your note. It sounds like you’re living the life – I’m envious. Please keep me post on how things go. IF you send some pics, I would love to post them here on the site.

    Gregg

  18. Andy Kelley says:

    Gregg..Great site and nice to know that it is alright to dream of a vanished America when the Parker’s were brand new and the woods of the northeast were teeming with game birds. Again, thanks for keeping the home fires burning .Sincerely, Andy Kelley the last living confederate veteran

  19. Gregg says:

    Andy-

    Thanks for the post. Good shooting!

    Gregg

  20. john says:

    Gregg, I am Roy’s “as-told-to.” Still hunting birds behind a pointing dog at age 71. You should read the American Field report of Roy’s winning of the Grand National Grouse championship with Burton Fleetfoot Ginger. It will send shivers along your spine if you are a bird dog lover.
    Want a copy? Just ask. – John L. Rogers

  21. Gregg says:

    John-

    I would love one. I just emailed you about it. Let me know if you need a snail mail address.

    Thanks for the offer,

    Gregg

  22. Frank says:

    Hello john!

    Glad you’re still going at 71 – I’m pushing 73 and manage to keep after the birds. Only problem is I can’t keep up with younger guys and don’t like going into the woods alone anymore. Oh, well. Need to find some decent shooting not too far from home.

    Off to England in a few weeks where I’ll take advantage of the excellent coaching available at H&H in London. Gotta keep trying to maintain the “edge!”

    Frank

  23. Sherwood Marabella says:

    Howdy! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to look it over. I’m definitely loving the information.

  24. Gregg says:

    Sherwood-

    Welcome aboard. Glad you like the site. Please enjoy it – and tell your friends.

    Good shooting,

    Gregg

  25. Gregg,
    I do a fair amount of restoration work including, color case hardening, browning, rust bluing and Damascus black and white. Would you like occasional before and after pictures as well as some descriptions of methods applied? of course I won’t give complete how to’s as it leaves one open to lawsuits but if you have an interest let me know.
    I really enjoy your site and have been owned by 5 Brittanies for the last 35 years.

  26. Oh one other thing I forgot to mention I am the stockmaking instructor at Colorado School of Trades

  27. steve says:

    i m up for seeing some of michael j. s tricks of the trade. bring it on.

  28. Kevin says:

    My in laws have a cabin not far from North Conway, NH in Maine. What state has better grouse hunting? NH or ME?
    Kevin

  29. Gregg says:

    Both states have great grouse hunting, but not in that area. Most of NH’s grouse are further north, above Berlin. In Maine, you’ll have to go up into the Rangeley region.

    I’m sure there are birds in your area, but you’ll have to work hard to find them.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Gregg

  30. Jeff says:

    Gregg,
    Just found your blog and have enjoyed the discovery. I enjoy hunting VT, ME and the Potsdam NY area with my 2 Braque D’auvergnes. Do you hunt VT? If you see a black Sequoia with the plate “Upland” make sure to introduce yourself. Always enjoyable being able to talk about bird hunting, dogs and gun collecting. Keep writing.

  31. Gregg says:

    Jeff-

    Thanks for the note. I don’t make it to VT – at least not yet. I spend most of my time in ME.

    But if I ever see a Sequoia with the plates Upland, I’ll be sure to say hello.

    Hope you like the site.

    Gregg

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