Archive for wingshooting

A Wingshooter's Off-Season Checklist

If one sits idly by all summer long, it's hard to imagine him dusting off his shotgun in October and enjoying a successful season. If you're looking for ways to stay sharp, check out Kyle Wintersteen's off-season checklist for wingshooters.

June 13, 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

South Dakota Pheasants Take a Nose Dive

South Dakota's roadside pheasant count is down a shocking 64-percent from last year.

September 12, 2013

Mossberg Expands Silver Reserve Shotgun Line

Double-barrel shotguns are among the most beautiful and well-balanced firearms in the world. Unfortunately they're also among the most expensive.

January 17, 2013

Weatherby Introduces Wby-X Line

We don't know whether the "Black Reaper" finish on the Weatherby X PA-08 shotgun shown below will help stand down a burglar or not, but hey, it can't hurt. Essentially, to create the Weatherby X line of guns, the company took several of its best-selling firearms and slapped on edgy, attention-grabbing, dipped finishes. The line is equally represented by home defense and hunting firearms, and also includes several youth models.

January 17, 2013

Winchester AA Tracker Shotshell Shows Flight Path

Ever have one of those days when you miss clay after clay—or dove after dove—and you just can't figure out why? Thanks to Winchester's new AA Tracker shotshells, you'll now know exactly where you missed.

January 17, 2013

Franchi Aspire Round-Action Shotguns

Ever since its recent rebranding, Franchi has offered a variety of over/under shotguns with classic lines, great fit and finish, and excellent ergonomics. The new Aspire, a lovely round-action shotgun available in 28-gauge or .410, is no exception.

January 15, 2013

How to Smoke a Cigar and Shoot a Shotgun

Some people take sporting clays a little too seriously. Me? I'm just out there to admire other people's guns, relax and generally have a good time. Because let's face it friends, there are champion shooters—and then there's us.

July 16, 2012

Annie Oakley's Parker Shotgun Sells for $143,400

What do you get when you've got a 19th century Parker sidelock with ties to arguably the most famous trickshooter of all time? Rich, that's what. The side-by-side shotgun Annie Oakley used during a trip to England with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show in 1887 has sold at auction for $143,400.

June 15, 2012

Farm Bill Offers Numerous Benefits to Wingshooters

You're probably aware that the 2012 Farm Bill includes important upland bird and waterfowl provisions, such as the reauthorization of the Conservation Reserve Program. You may even be familiar with the "Sodsaver" amendment. But have you heard about the Sportsmen's Act of 2012 amendment to the Farm Bill? The 98-page behemoth would improve your access to public lands, streamline the duck stamp system (it's about time) and reauthorize conservation funding. Here's a summary of the provisions important to wingshooters:

June 08, 2012

Why Can't Deer Hunters Cook?

I was catching up with a friend of mine, who for whatever reason prefers hunting deer to waterfowl, when he mentioned his freezer full of ducks and geese.

March 21, 2012

Finally: A Good Way to Move Bird Taxidermy

While my spoonbill will never be the same, I am happy to report that the rest of my bird taxidermy survived the move to Pennsylvania. And even happier to report that after years of accidental defeatherings, I have finally found an effective, easy and inexpensive way to transport upland bird and waterfowl taxidermy.

March 15, 2012

Shotguns For ... Vultures?

If anyone thinks the 12-gauge shotgun is not the most versatile firearm on the face of the planet, well, I'll take that argument. Take these two news stories, for instance.

February 28, 2012

NPS Ranger Tases Man Walking Dogs Off-Leash

I've been known to flout a leash law or two (just ask my dog), but after reading this story I might just fall into line.

February 01, 2012

Meet a Dog with World-Record Ears

As a Denver Post writer quipped, here's a dog that's "all ears." In fact, owner Jennifer Wert of Boulder, Colo., says Harbor, an 8-year-old black and tan coonhound, had to grow into them.

September 12, 2011