Check out this trailer about an upcoming documentary called The Debutante Hunters.
Great videos about upland bird hunting are hard to make. So I want to congratulate Scott Helper for turning out this one. It’s about pheasant hunting in South Dakota, and it’s one of the best upland videos I’ve seen. I hope that Scott will have the chance to make many more pheasant videos like this in the future.
James Purdey & Sons is one of the world’s most famous gunmakers – and for good reason. They’ve been making some of the world’s finest rifles and shotguns for almost 200 years. This video is an interesting look inside the company. It’s good, but long (1 hour and 30 minutes). To make it easier to watch, here’s a cheat sheet of times & topics. The things I do for you!
00:00 – 10:00 – General History, with Richard Purdey
10:00 – 27:48 – Evolution of the Purdey Shotgun
27:49 – 32:40 – Inside the Purdey Factor – Barrel Making
32:41 – 39:20 – The Action
39:21 – 50:00 – The Locks
50:00 – 55:30 – The Triggers
55:30 – 1:11:12 – Stocking, unique jobs of Purdey Stockers
1:11:12 – 1:17:28 – Engraving
1:17:28 – 1:30:15 – Regulating & Finishing
I wonder what Darwin would have made of this video. From what I’ve read, evolution doesn’t allow for the frivolous. Animals are purposeful and our actions are supposed to be all about passing on our genes. So what’s going on in this video? From what I can see, this grouse is clearly playing with this kid.
Just posted: another video of Sugar, the video-camera wearing lab. Time Sugar’s hunting geese. Pretty cool video. I also posted a video Puck and I made the same way. I put this video up last spring, but now is a good time to revisit it. I’ll be posting more videos like it this hunting season.
Sugar’s first goose hunt:
Puck grouse hunting in the spring:
We were inspired. After watching the video of Sugar duck hunting, Puck and I headed out into the woods to do the same thing on grouse. With a little GoPro video camera to her collar, off Puck went.
-We were on a grouse pretty quickly. You can see the whole thing in the video below.
Puck goes on point at about 3:20.
-You can see the grouse at about 4:31. It’s at the top of the screen, at about twelve o’clock. Look for a black, pigeon-shaped shadow on the ground. The grouse is moving from left to right, strutting its head up and down.
-The grouse flushes at about 5:32. It goes up and away. It’s a pretty mellow flush, not one of those explosive, thundering exits that grouse are so famous for.
More pics from the day: