Archive for shotgun

Shooting Down Breast Cancer

Ben O'Brien may be a whitetail fanatic, but he always turns down my invitations to shoot clays. In fact, I was going to give up until Federal Premium produced a limited quantity of pink Top Gun Target loads to benefit breast cancer research. If I know Ben O'Brien, he's going to head straight to the clays range, because the only things he loves more than deer hunting are charity and pretty colors:

March 25, 2011

Video: Shotshell Tracer Rounds for Clay Shooters

Fiocchi says its new "Chemical Tracer" shotshells are "the most advanced training aid for trap, skeet and sporting clay shooters alike--see where you are missing." I'm not sure they'll improve my shooting (I suspect I'd actually pull my head to watch the fireball screaming from my barrel), but who cares, they're just plain cool!

March 10, 2011

Honeymooner Ditches Bride, Goes Duck Hunting

This is the story of a man so committed to duck hunting that he planned his Mexico honeymoon to coincide with flights of bluewings and cinnamons. It's a tale of bravery, logistical genius and careful manipulation of the female psyche. What you're about to read will no doubt be studied by duck hunters and psychologists for years to come.

March 04, 2011

2011’s Five Best Turkey Guns

Looking to put the hammer on a longbeard this turkey season? Check out these top performers.

February 25, 2011

TR's Fox "F" Grade Shotgun on Display in Cody, WY

The Outdoor Pressroom reports that U.S. President and NRA Life member Theodore Roosevelt's "F" Grade A.H. Fox shotgun is now on display at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo. Last fall the gun fetched a record $862,500 at an auction held by James D. Julia, Inc. (which also auctioned Nash Buckingham's prized "Bo Whoop").

February 15, 2011

Man Shoots at Bird Indoors, Peppers Coworker

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Wingshooting is best enjoyed outside. Why do I again bring up this bit of commonsense? Because the plant manager of the Best Maid Cookie Company in River Falls, Wisc., is facing a felony charge after allegedly shooting at birds in the factory's rafters and wounding an employee in the process.

February 09, 2011

The Top 10 Wingshooting Stories of 2010

From a colossal man-made disaster, to the indictment of one of waterfowling's biggest names, to the discovery of a famous long-lost shotgun, 2010 was chockfull of wingshooting news. Here's a recap of the year's top stories:

December 29, 2010

The Small Rewards of a Life Spent Duck Hunting

If you consider yourself a duck hunter but have never looked to the skies from your blind and asked, "Just what in the hell am I doing here?" either you have no care for your financial or physical well-being, or you aren’t paying very close attention. We spend more money on guns, boats, decoys and other waterfowl accoutrements than any mother in-law would ever approve of, just to lather it all in December marsh slop. Our trucks are dented from sliding into obstacles backing down icy boat ramps, and their wiring is shot from the strain of trailer-light illumination. It’s too hot in teal season, too darn cold by the time the mallards arrive. The wind either blows too hard, not hard enough or in the wrong direction. Or it rains. Not just a sprinkle, but the kind of downpour in which no self-respecting duck would ever fly. Unfortunately for us, old Fred believes ducks fly in the rain, and if one member of the group wants to hunt, we all hunt.

November 17, 2010

Flanigan Moves to Mossberg

Shotgun-showman Patrick Flanigan has evidently jumped ship from Winchester to Mossberg. The move surprised me. Flanigan seemed to be Winchester's answer to Benelli trick-shooter Tom Knapp (that relationship is also now defunct) and last year saw the unveiling of a "Flanigun" edition Winchester Super X3.

November 15, 2010

Minnesota: An Overlooked Wingshooting Destination

This evening I'll board a plane for what I consider to be the most underrated wingshooting destination in the country: Minnesota.

October 22, 2010

A Shotgun That'll Knock Your Pants Off

I thought missing the low-house target from station seven was the most embarrassing shotgun-related event a person could suffer. This video proves me wrong—and made me laugh really, really hard.

October 11, 2010

An Online Community for Waterfowlers

Last week I found a social media site that's so good it's now among the windows I quickly minimize whenever my boss enters the room.

September 13, 2010

2010 Pheasant Hunting Forecast

Pheasants Forever (PF) has published a comprehensive, user-friendly pheasant hunting forecast. It is broken down by state and, frankly, it is really well done.

September 10, 2010

The Ideal Waterfowl Gun

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has released audio tips for selecting a waterfowling shotgun (listen to part one and part two). The gist of NSSF's tips? You don't need a specialized duck gun. I tend to agree, but there are a few things I like in a waterfowl shotgun.

September 07, 2010

Remembering Shotgun Writer Michael McIntosh

The shotgunning community lost one of its greatest champions and authors over the weekend. From an obituary at The Outdoor Pressroom:

August 18, 2010