Archive for bird hunting

Quail in the Land of the Maya

The new NRA Outdoors program matches members with hassle-free adventures that make hunting dreams come true. Somehow they even knew about my dream for action-packed wingshooting in a relaxing tropical paradise.

August 14, 2014

The Old Hemlock Line

The tradition of woodcock hunting runs deep in New England. If you hunt over the right dogs, you learn why.

October 07, 2013

Diver Follies

For every strap filled with diving ducks, the author returns home empty-handed and broken three times over, yet he doggedly does it again and again. Is he insane? You decide.

October 02, 2013

Western Bird Bonanza

You, your friends and dogs can park the truck, lace up your boots and walk an upland hunter's dream. Just go west.

September 18, 2013

Birdsongs

A weighty bag of various gamebirds provides inspiration to a band of hunters.

September 16, 2013

On Nova's Wings: A Falconer and His Hawk

A falconer and his hawk remind us that regardless what tool we use, hunting always comes down to the thrill of the chase.

July 26, 2013

An Extremely Polite Bird Hunt

A veteran grouse hunter finds out why fast-flushing birds of the Deep South are regarded as gentlemanly.

January 30, 2013

Pro Bird Chaser: Salary $76,000

A good friend of mine is fond of saying, "I may not get a bird every time my dog and I go out, but I sure as heck move a few!"

May 25, 2012

Three-Legged Bird Dog Runs Off, Found a State Away

Here's a dog that knows no disability. An energetic English setter, Zip may only have three legs, but that didn't stop him from embarking on a seven-day, interstate adventure that began in New Hampshire and ended in Massachusetts.

January 24, 2012

He's a Pheasant, Not a "Ditch Chicken"

On paper the ring-necked pheasant shouldn't be all that tough to kill. He's a predictable fellow, feeding around the same time each morning and afternoon and rarely straying more than 800 yards from his roost. So, he's far from the most elusive bird in the uplands, and when flushed he isn't the swiftest creature either. (Though if given time to accelerate, pheasants can top out around 60 mph, just 5 mph shy of the powerful mallard.)

October 13, 2011

Dog E-Collars Disrupt French Army Communications

The French military has long been the brunt of jokes (my personal favorite: How many gears does a French tank have? One forward and three in reverse).

October 12, 2011

PETA Asks Middleton to Halt Prince's Bird Hunt

Prince William just wants to take younger brother Harry bird hunting for his 27th birthday, but PETA has called for the event's cancellation. The "animal rights" group known more for over-the-top antics than actual accomplishments has written a letter to William's wife, Princess Kate Middleton, begging her to ask the princes to stop the hunt.

September 29, 2011

10 Tips for Hunting Pheasants

Whether you're hunting on private land or public ground, these practical tips will ensure success.

September 27, 2011

Canadian Prosecutor: Jeff Foiles Tortured Ducks

Disgraced duck-call maker and video producer Jeff Foiles pleaded guilty in an Edmonton, Canada, provincial courtroom yesterday to several charges under the Migratory Birds Convention Act and two charges of causing cruelty to animals.

September 15, 2011

Iowa Gets Dove Season, But Prohibits Lead Ammo

The good news is that final approval for Iowa's long-awaited dove season was granted late last week. The bad news is that the Iowa Natural Resource Commission added an amendment prohibiting the use of lead ammunition when dove hunting.

July 19, 2011