Watch this: Chasing Pheasants in Fresh Snow – South Dakota 2019

This video captures the thrills and excitement of pheasant hunting in South Dakota. Check it now. The flush at 1:52 is just plain awesome. Chasing Pheasants in Fresh Snow – South Dakota 2019

Watch this: Chasing Pheasants in Fresh Snow - South Dakota 2019
Watch this: Chasing Pheasants in Fresh Snow – South Dakota 2019

How many are you making? Top 5 shooting mistakes and how to fix them …

The Gun Nuts over at Field & Stream are full of insights and information. In this video, Phil Bourjaily, one of the nuts (the right one?) and Shotgun Editor for the main magazine, gives you some tips on how to be a better shot.

I make mistakes #3 and #4 all the time. Which ones do you have problems with?

Top 5 shooting mistakes and how to fix them ...
Top 5 shooting mistakes and how to fix them …

You need to see: Public Grouse, a film on Grouse Hunting in America…

If you like bird dogs and bird hunting, here’s a preview for a film. The film playing across the country this February. I’m going to see it on the 12th. Here’s more about it from the Project Upland site:

“Earlier this year, Project Upland Magazine in collaboration with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, joined together to tell the story of our beloved #PublicGrouse. The idea was simple: capture the people, places, and birds that make the story of grouse and public lands in North America so important to us. We sought to celebrate the truth that without public lands we would not know any of the grouse species in the capacity we do. They are a part of our culture, the fabric of American grouse hunting…”

Learn more about Public Grouse and see when & where it’s playing near you 

#PublicGrouse – A One-Hour Feature Film on Grouse Hunting in America
#PublicGrouse – A One-Hour Feature Film on Grouse Hunting in America

The History and Legacy of Side by Side Shotguns, from Project Upland …

Why shoot with a SxS shotgun? In this film from Project Upland, Joel Penkala tell you why: The History and Legacy of Side by Side Shotguns – A Grouse Hunting Tradition

“For Joel Penkala, Marketing Manager of Griffin and Howe, the idea of a legacy shotgun has personally come alive through the pages of grouse hunting classics. At its core, it is simply the shotgun that is truly worthy of being passed down from one generation to the next, a proven and treasured implement that will continue to not only meet but will exceed the demands of upland covers across time and space.”

The History and Legacy of Side by Side Shotguns - A Grouse Hunting Tradition
The History and Legacy of Side by Side Shotguns – A Grouse Hunting Tradition

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Shoot like a King on this dream trip: Partridge and paella in Spain …

Discover Delaney & Sons: European shooting specialists
Discover Delaney & Sons: European shooting specialists

The Sierra de Norte Shoot – Fuentelfresno, Spain

Monday, October 21th – Friday, October 25th, 2019

Red-legged partridge shooting in Spain with Delaney & Sons: European shooting specialists
Red-legged partridge shooting in Spain with Delaney & Sons: European shooting specialists

Book now: Just 2 out of 8 pegs left

We are extremely excited to share with you the details for a new shoot at Finca Fuentelfresno, located along the Eastern edge of the Cordilla Central Mountain Range, approximately forty-five minutes northeast of Madrid. This will be a traditional partridge shoot, and all shooting will be conducted within the confines of the Estate, with different drives every day. This is truly a rare and unique opportunity. Let us know soon if you are interested in this elegant and all things Spanish driven shooting experience!

Best, Sean and Liz Delaney

The Shoot

Fuentelfresno consists of 35,000 acres of ground filled with olive groves, almond trees, vineyards, farmland, and rolling hills, all providing excellent habitat with perfect topography for a traditional shoot. Birds are driven by a team of up to forty beaters over narrow valleys for the guns waiting below. We will shoot three back-to-back 400 bird days. This is challenging shooting in a breathtaking setting!

The Lodge

We will spend the entire week at Finca Fuentelfresno as the guests of Carlos de Llanza Mala, its current custodian. The Lodge, which was built by Carlos’ father about sixty years ago, manages to be rustic and elegant at the same time, a perfect setting for a shooting party. All rooms are en suite and comfortable, with excellent views of the gardens and the landscape beyond. The Main Lounge has a pair of beautiful fireplaces, a perfect spot for a sundowner. Our team will have exclusive use of the premises, and all of our meals will be prepared in-house by our chef Anna. The food is beyond compare.

Shoot Price – $9,750

Delicious paella made for the team after a day of shooting.
Delicious paella made for the team after a day of shooting.

Includes: Transportation to and from Madrid airport and throughout the week, three days of driven shooting (with an anticipated bag of 400 birds per day), lodging at the elegant Fuentelfresno, guns (if needed) and ammunition, traditional tapas and shoot lunches on the estate, gourmet dinners each evening, alcohol, game licenses, liability insurance, and gun permits (for your guns or ours).

Excludes: Flights, gratuities to chargor (loader) and secretario (€80 each per day), and gratuities to hotel staff (€100 total).

Non-Shooting or Peg-Sharing Spouses: Non-shooting spouses are welcome to join us for an additional $1,750. This includes four nights’ lodging, all meals, alcohol, and ground transportation. Two days of sightseeing. Spouses are welcome to share pegs on some or all days for the same rate.

Book now: Just 2 out of 8 pegs left

According to GeorgeGoldsmith.com, the King of Spain & other aristos love Finca Fuentelfresno:

“This family shoot (Finca Fuentelfresno) is favoured by many of the royal houses of Europe and King Juan Carlos, although no longer young, still takes 6 days during the year when he comes, either with friends and family, or as a guest of friends. The photos displayed in the lodge go from Caroline of Monaco (who on a yearly basis takes a team of ladies to shoot with her), to Dutch Crown Prince William Alexander van Oranje, and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg …”

Book now: Just 2 out of 8 pegs left

The Game Hog of Dallowgill, an article from Sports Illustrated, 5/22/1972…

Frederick Robinson, 2nd Marquess of Ripon was one of the UK’s most famous game shots. In his lifetime, he bagged more than 500,000 birds, plus countless hares and other animals. and he shot Purdey hammerguns, including this one shown here: J Purdey & Sons, a RARE 12-BORE HAMMER EJECTOR GUN, NO. 14981, BUILT IN 1895 FOR LORD RIPON (AS EARL DE GREY).

Sports Illustrated published a piece about Lord Ripon way back 1972. An excerpt is below, along with links to the entire article. It’s an interesting read and worth checking out.

Frederick Oliver Robinson, 2nd Marquess of Ripon © National Portrait Gallery, London
Frederick Oliver Robinson, 2nd Marquess of Ripon © National Portrait Gallery, London

THE GAME HOG OF DALLOWGILL

IN A LIFETIME OF WARFARE AGAINST THE WINGED KINGDOM, LORD RIPON DOWNED MORE THAN 500,000 BIRDS

Studley Royal, 1880, Lord Ripon's home
Studley Royal, 1880, Lord Ripon’s home

“At the top of the hill a pair of liveried Yorkshire gamekeepers whacked hard with their sticks at the tight thorn-bushes of the hedgerow. Fifty yards away, in a hollow, stood the owner of the land, with his shooting companion, the local vicar. As the keepers moved forward, there was a flap of bright wings, a shot, and the quarry spun to the ground. Then another type of prey emerged, flying low and fast toward the waiting guns. Again a clean kill. So, at the end of the drive, one butterfly and one bumblebee were solemnly added to the day’s bag …”

Read all of THE GAME HOG OF DALLOWGILL

Will climate change kill off sharp-tailed grouse?

Sharp-tailed grouse, photo by Glenn Bartley/VIREO, from Audubon.org site
Sharp-tailed grouse, photo by Glenn Bartley/VIREO, from Audubon.org site

The more I hear about temperatures rising across the globe, the more I worry about how these changes will impact the upland game birds we love to hunt. This piece from Project Upland touches on how on what’s might happen to one species to sharp-tailed grouse. It’s worth checking — and keeping in mind when it’s to vote for local, state, and national politicians.

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING SHARP-TAILED GROUSE: A Look into the Factual Science of Sharp-tailed Grouse and their Future

Sharp-tailed grouse, photo by John Cancalosi/VIREO, from Audubon.org site
Sharp-tailed grouse, photo by John Cancalosi/VIREO, from Audubon.org site

The author writes: “I reviewed several studies from prominent sharp-tailed grouse researchers and agency reports to get a clearer picture of this very real issue. I encourage you to keep an open mind and read through the whole article below before making any preliminary judgments.”

Photo by Brian E. Small/VIREO, from Audubon.org
Photo by Brian E. Small/VIREO, from Audubon.org

Read the entire article now: HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING SHARP-TAILED GROUSE: A Look into the Factual Science of Sharp-tailed Grouse and their Future

Fighting Back – A Bobwhite Quail Film from Project Upland…

Fighting Back – A Bobwhite Quail Film by Project Upland

Bobwhite quail are not one of a America’s conservation success stories. Over the last 30-40 years, their populations have collapsed throughout the south and across the southwest. Fortunately, some people, and some state agencies and working hard to try and these birds back. I hope they’re successful.

“For many, the bobwhite quail is a symbol of their youth in the South. Small game is often where many cut their teeth in the hunting world. Adam Keith, wildlife consultant, ventures back into his past to take a journey into the public lands of Missouri with state biologist Frank L. Loncarich and Kyle Hedges.” WatchFighting Back – A Bobwhite Quail Film by Project Upland now.

Fighting Back – A Bobwhite Quail Film from Project Upland...
Fighting Back – A Bobwhite Quail Film from Project Upland…

Walked Up Shooting in the UK with Spaniels, by Nick Ridley

Watch: Walked Up Shooting in the UK with Spaniels, by Nick Ridley — Featuring Ted, his 4-legged dynamo of a cocker spaniel

I’ve always wanted to shoot in the UK — but not for driven birds. Instead, I want to go rough shooting, which is what you see in this video.

Nick Ridley is the U.K.’s leading dog photographer. He’s also bird hunter, dog trainer, and a lover of cocker spaniels.

For years now, he and his Circle of Trust Rough Shooting Syndicate have been making videos of their shooting adventures throughout the UK. The one above shows them in Bedfordshire hunting pheasants and chukars in terrain that looks a lot like the northeastern US. As always, Nick shoots well and his cocker spaniel Ted does a great job.

Nick Ridley and The Circle of Trust Rough Shooting Syndicate
Nick Ridley and The Circle of Trust Rough Shooting Syndicate

Watch: Revel in the first, chukar hunting in Idaho’s Hell Canyon…

Watch: Revel in the first, chukar hunting in Idaho's Hell Canyon, a Project Upland film
Watch: Revel in the first, chukar hunting in Idaho’s Hell Canyon, a Project Upland film

I’ve hunted upland birds from Maine to Montana, but I’ve been further west to go after chukars. After watching this great new film from Project Upland, I’m not sure I want to try. Here’s a bit about the film from the PU site:

“Hell’s Canyon has a reputation for being hard on its guests. Chukar have a more infamous track record as being the pursuit of the insane. It is said that “The first chukar you shoot is for fun; all others after that are for revenge.” The allure of both these difficult propositions brought Anthony Ferro on a bird hunting road trip to challenge himself and his German shorthaired pointers.

The title Revel in the First comes from Anthony’s passion for first-time experiences. Whether it’s a first bird species, a dog’s first point, a new challenge defeated (or not), the first has a passion like no other time after.”

BTW: Check out Project Upland’s new magazine, too. It’s coming out soon. For a LIMITED TIME subscribers receive Volume Zero/Issue Zero, (Ships November 1, 2018) and our regular delivery of our the quarterly publication for TWO years (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter) with Volume One/Issue One shipping on March 1, 2019. Plus The Bird Hunting Anthology – Volume No. 1

The season begins! First up: Mourning doves…

Dove Hunting Basics for Public Land, from Project Upland
Dove Hunting Basics for Public Land, from Project Upland

Quick: What’s the #1 game bird in the US?

Quail? Nope. Pheasants? Nah.

It’s the mourning dove, and this year hunters across 42 states will bag more than 20 million of them.

If your state allows dove hunting (mine doesn’t), here’s a quick guide to how to find birds.

DOVE HUNTING BASICS FOR PUBLIC LAND: Follow these dove hunting basics to shoot enough birds for dinner.

Angus, Tank, and the results of an afternoon hunt in west Texas
Angus, Tank, and the results of an afternoon dove hunt in west Texas

Maine Grouse Hunting – Those Moments: A Project Upland Film…

Maine Grouse Hunting - Those Moments: A Project Upland Film...
Maine Grouse Hunting – Those Moments: A Project Upland Film…

If you’re jonesing for grouse season like I am, you’ll enjoy this video. Just released by the guys at Project Upland it’s a great look into what makes upland hunting so special–and a great reminder of what’s just a few months away.

A video worth viewing: YETI Presents: SAM…

YETI Presents: Sam
YETI Presents: Sam

Hunting dogs can be frustrating, exhilarating, and, when they leave us, heartbreaking.

This video introduces you a lab named Sam and a duck hunter named Steve Koehly. I learned something from both of them. They may teach you something, too.

Warning: If you don’t want to be seen with wet eyes, don’t watch at work.

Seen at Safari Club 2018 in Las Vegas…

 

A 20g SxS by James Purdey & Sons. Griffin & Howe had it.
A 20g SxS by James Purdey & Sons. Griffin & Howe had it.

Safari Club International’s Annual Hunters’ Convention is an crazy event. Part travel show, gun show, and expensive-stuff bazaar, it puts hundreds of vendors and thousands of people under one roof for four days of planning, gawking, and big-money spending.

Want to book an African safari, order a new Boss OU shotgun, get fitted for a tweed shooting suit, and pick up a $25,000 fur coat all in one afternoon? Then it’s the place to be.

This year’s event was as at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I was there Friday & Saturday, and here’s a bit of what I saw. Scroll down to see all the pics

Taxidermy is a big part of the Safari Club gathering. Great mane on this lion.
Taxidermy is a big part of the Safari Club gathering. Great mane on this lion.
More taxidermy at Safari Club gathering. That's a big bear.
More taxidermy at Safari Club gathering. That’s a big bear.
Cool croc mount
Cool croc mount
Yeah - that's real - and one of the freakiest deer I've ever seen.
Yeah – that’s real – and one of the freakiest deer I’ve ever seen.
Krieghoff double rifles
Krieghoff double rifles
A sweet little Purdey 28g OU Steve Barnett had on display. Only $109,000!
A sweet little Purdey 28g OU Steve Barnett had on display. Only $109,000!
An awesome Purdey double rifle. in .246 flanged. Westley Richards had it.
An awesome Purdey double rifle. in .246 flanged. Westley Richards had it.
One of a pair of brand new Stephen Grant sidelever SxSs that Gordy & Sons had.
One of a pair of brand new Stephen Grant sidelever SxSs that Gordy & Sons had.
A brand new 20g Purdey hammergun with damascus bbls. Gordy & Sons had it, and that price is correct -- $169,998!
A brand new 20g Purdey hammergun with damascus bbls. Gordy & Sons had it, and that price is correct — $169,998!
A 12g Boss OU at Griffin & Howe. Check out the Arabic script on the bbls.
A 12g Boss OU at Griffin & Howe. Check out the Arabic script on the bbls.
Beautiful duck mount. Really impressive work.
Beautiful duck mount. Really impressive work.
Hazel Grouse, from Russia
Hazel Grouse, from Russia

You’ve got to see these wild quail flush…

Hifive Kennels, CH Titanium's Jacksin. Pic from hifivekennels.com
Hifive Kennels, CH Titanium’s Jacksin. Pic from hifivekennels.com

I’ve always wanted to hunt wild bobwhites. Watch this video to see on reason why.

Check out hard these birds bust cover and how high and fast they fly. Notice the handler doesn’t need a flushing whip or a Cocker spaniel to get them up and going.

That great-looking pointer is Hifive Kennels’ Champion Titanium’s Jacksin. Hifive is well-known kennel out of Beulah, MI. They’ve been breeding, training, and trialing dogs for 20+ years, and they’ve produced a long list of great dogs.

Kickstart Project Upland’s A Bird Hunting Anthology: Volume No. 1…

Fund it now: Project Upland - A Bird Hunting Anthology: Volume No. 1
Fund it now: Project Upland – A Bird Hunting Anthology: Volume No. 1

As a way to feed yourself, bird hunting makes little sense. Consider everything that goes into putting a grouse on the table: Buying a gun, buying ammo, buying gear, learning to shoot, finding a spot, getting to the spot, and on and on.

It’s far easier–and cheaper–to buy chicken and stay home.

But few of us hunt birds to put meat on the table. We don’t do this to live. We do it to survive.

If you’re a new-media type, you’ve probably seen Project Upland: The Bird Hunting Epic Series. With videos, a website and Instagram posts, Project Upland chronicles all the ways upland hunting nourishes us. It has combined personal points of view and a refreshing lack of commercialism to created a phenomenon which has reached huge numbers of people (their videos have been viewed 2 million+ times).

Even though Project Upland is very 21st century, they’re now ready to do something old school by publishing a book. Project Upland’s Creative Director A.J. DeRosa says “This book will be a compilation of short stories and visually-stunning photography, all celebrating what makes upland hunting so special”

They’re asking you to help them bring this book to life by contributing to their Kickstarter campaign for Project Upland – A Bird Hunting Anthology: Volume No. 1. Contributions of $25 or more will guarantee you a copy.

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